Bars and restaurants, except for take-out
My bank, except for drive-through and online
All “non-essential retail” except for grocery stores, hardware stores, pet stores, and pharmacies
Almost everything is closed. Gas stations are open but I read that gas may be in short supply if the restrictions last for a while.
Oh well. Here’s a photo of a crocus I saw this morning.
Nature is all we have to turn to. I’m self-quarantining (sheltering in place). It’s lonesome, and our retirement funds are cut in half.
If only we could have anticipated this back in January. Fortunately our President did. He knew it was a pandemic before everyone else. It has been a perfect response. Kudos!
Since healthcare workers are running out of masks and having to reuse or makeshift, they are vulnerable to being infected. So, everyone they treat is also vulnerable to being infected. The hospital itself probably has more virus-coated surfaces. It’s a mess.
We were fortunate to be able to go grocery shopping yesterday. … It was crowded, long lines, sparse shelves, rationing, customers kept about 10 feet from cashiers except for the person being checked out. A very different experience. All people were talking about in the lines (which of course involved a closely-spaced congregation of more than 10 people) was the virus. People looked worried and frazzled.
I hope you don’t need to go shopping for awhile. What was rationed? Take care.
Rationed: Just about everything … bakery items, cleaning supplies, frozen foods, grocery (long list including rice, flour, cereal, canned goods, pasta, oatmeal), meats, dairy, paper products, produce, vitamins, and long list of toiletries (toothpaste, hand soaps, bar soaps have been absent for weeks, mouthwash, pain relief, cotton balls). Everything.
The difficulty with rationing is that you have to return to the store often when you run out (and so does everyone else, thus crowds), which you shouldn’t do and even if you do the stocks are wiped out. What if you don’t have a car?
On top of this … people aren’t getting paid, are getting sick, are having to homeschool while working from home – an impossible task. Those without broadband are totally isolated. People are watching their friends and relatives dying.
It is hard to know how long this will last or if it will get better or worse.
When we turn to our President for hope, he ridicules us and calls us nasty. He spends our tax dollars on untested therapies because of a “hunch” instead of science. He and his compatriots continue, even during a national crisis, to funnel our dollars to the nation’s wealthy instead of funneling it to the nation’s hurting.
I know it’s a slight to use the term Third World country these days, but that seems to be what we are turning into.
Restrictions just a bit tighter now. No leaving the house to visit friends or relatives. No loitering at the grocery store. No public or private gatherings. No groups more than 2 people (say, if you’re going for a walk).