Rolling Back Regulations to Combat COVID-19 Should Be Just the Start
States have also encouraged people to work from home if they are able, but regulatory hurdles can make it difficult to operate a business from home. As R Street’s Shoshana Weissmann and Jarrett Dieterle detailed in The Wall Street Journal, in recent years local governments have cracked down on a man operating a recording studio from his garage, refused to permit an at-home yoga instructor, and even shut down a video game blogger for uploading YouTube videos from his house. It shouldn’t take a pandemic to realize regulation and permitting requirements for home businesses like these impedes entrepreneurial activity. Eliminating these unnecessary barriers would lend greater flexibility to workers and small businesses and could aid economic recovery after the crisis.