Spring Break extended to 3 weeks in our school district. Lord, keeping my hyperactive 8 year old home all day, every day, until April 3 will be a nightmare. I really envy everyone who can spend their quarantine binge watching grownup shows and relaxing!
I feel your pain OBS! That is not going to be easy. Mind you speaking from my experience so far relaxing gets very boring after a while. I like to be out and about doing things and, though reading and watching Netflix helps, this “social distancing” is tough. I have now decluttered all my wardrobes and drawers, got totally up to date with the ironing and sorted through old paperwork. The house is as clean as it is possible to be anyway as I’m a bit of a neat freak so there’s no more chores to pass the time. I am BORED!!!!
Still you definitely have the tougher challenge so I really wish you the very best. Let’s hope Covid19 fecks off soon.
I’m getting stressed beyond belief. My government has no clue what they’re doing and a number of our citizens & politicians are acting like complete assholes. I’m trying to turn off the news but I find it very difficult.
I think I’ll read The Power of the Dog again and try to distance from the interwebz for a little while. Y’all stay safe! Bake something. 🍪🧁🍰🥮🍩
I understand QZ. You know best what works for you so that you can handle the stress. For me, I find a mix of "life as normal" and "OMG! I HAVE A SORE THROAT!!!" is the best way to handle it. In our town no known cases yet, and maybe surprisingly everyone seems rather calm and cheerful (the few people I have interacted with). When we went to the LCBO (the booze store for Ontario) there were just a few customers and everything seemed normal. We also went to the nature preserve yesterday to go for a long walk and there were a number of people out there but it is so vast that it is normal to be half a kilometer away from the next person.
"You're going into the water... short-arse!" - Sherlock
I think we’re getting mixed messages from our local news. After announcing that schools would be closed for the next three weeks, people started posting all the fun things in the community that families can do together. So the news had to clarify that these three weeks should be spent in isolation - no play dates, no birthday parties, no sleepovers. They said letting your kids play out in your backyard is ok as long as they don’t have contact with other people. People still weren’t getting the message, so they’ve shut down everything - no community centres or other places for kids to gather. I think a Disney on Ice thing was cancelled, too. But then yesterday on the news they showed families out for walks, enjoying the sunshine, and they also showed a park where 10-15 toddlers and young children were playing on the slides and climbing equipment, while their parents stood watching them!
My sister just informed me her son has been laid off because the restaurant that he is the kitchen manager at has been shuttered (provincial mandate). He'll be ok as long as the shutdown doesn't last too long and he is eligible for unemployment benefits (sped up because of the virus), so it isn't too bad. And his wife is an independent fashion designer who does all her business online so the closures don't affect her. But this does make things a bit more personal and demonstrates just how seriously things are being taken now.
"You're going into the water... short-arse!" - Sherlock
México just has a first death. There is some controversy because the family claims they were never informed he has Covid19. The family isn't in quarantine and he didn't traveled outside the country. Officially all the cases are people returning from affected areas but surprisingly the first death is someone like him! His wife also said they believe he was infected at a rock concert! The newspaper that reported it also claimed that there is someone else very sick that was at the massive event past weekend! By the way, that newspaper was considered a very left wing paper but the president's super fans now are attacking it and calling it "fifi" (the president's name to conservative critics! A few months ago some of them also called "conservative" to popular guerrilla fighter Sub-Comandante Marcos when he dared to criticize the president so I shouldn't be surprised but I am!)
Here in Nuevo Leon, my state, the local government is much much more strict. They not just cancelled another massive event that would had happened this Friday but they closed casinos, movie theaters and parties rooms. Some cities also closed bars and restaurants. Yesterday they announced people arriving from other countries and in some cases from other states would be put in quarantine. Schools are closed since Monday and it seems there are filters at the airport (some people on Twitter said there aren't but other said there are. Everybody agreed that at Mexico City airport definitely aren't!) A lot of people are doing home office. I went to work until yesterday. Today, I'm at home but with the warning that they could call me at any minute.
We will see what happen next.
EDITED Also yesterday, the local Helth Secretary said my state will have more cases than others because here they are testing more people than anyone else in the rest of the country. That sounded to me like there isn't enough testing in the whole country. Hopefully there are enough here at least.
I went grocery shopping today for the first time in two weeks. Grocery stores are really the only businesses carrying on as usual. The big difference now is that this particular store announced every five minutes that they are limiting “paper products” to one per customer, and they’re limiting everything else in the store to two per customer - except for fresh produce. You can buy as much fruit and vegetables as you want. I saw several customers walking around holding a package of toilet paper in their arms. I think they were afraid that someone might take it if they put it in their cart. Weird!
There are some cafes in the neighbourhood that decided to close rather than be available for take-out. Another diner is closed, but they will take phone orders and deliver the food to your house, leaving it for you outside your door. And I almost forgot - they’ll include a roll of toilet paper with your order. Ha! They don’t usually deliver at all. And I passed a little bookstore today that also sells art supplies. They’re closed, but they put a huge sign in their window saying that you can place orders with them and they’ll deliver your order to you, so that you can “Stay home, make art, and read books”. They don’t usually deliver, either.
My father, 86, stayed home this morning for the first time. His usual old-man hangout coffee shop has had to close. It’s too bad, though, because he’s not used to staying at home all day.
It’s very difficult but after a while you get used to the new normal. My local pharmacy is only letting in two customers at a time. The supermarkets are only letting small numbers of people in too. Plus there are dividers at the checkouts so you stay two metres apart from the nearest person. There’s plenty of goods in stock though. We’ve been told to limit our face to face contact to no more than six people so my extended family (cousins) and I have formed a “virus social circle.” We visit each other and have dinner together every few days so we get a bit of relief from being stuck inside our own houses. But there is no doubt this thing is going to get a lot worse before it gets better so it’s really important for everyone to follow the rules in trying to slow the spread.