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2nd Cup of Coffee, May 1, 2020: THE DAYS OF FINEs AND CLOSES – Remembering the 2020 Covid-19 Virus Shutdown

Posted by on May 1, 2020

I’m saving this so I can remember.  The original source is unknown – Dan

So we don’t forget….

Today is Friday, May 1, 2020.

– We are at 53 days of social isolation.

– Schools have been closed since mid-March and are teaching remotely on-line. Proms and graduation ceremonies are virtual.

– Employees who can work from home are doing so.

– Non-essential stores are closed since late March. Hobby Lobby tried to fight this and was ordered to cease and desist. Kohl’s is closed.

– There are lines / tapes inside the stores to keep people 6 feet apart. Office Depot, Aldi’s, Meijer, Kroger, Lowe’s and Menards are all open with early closure for cleaning & disinfection.

– Bars and restaurants open only for home delivery & pick-up. Starbucks has been closed for more than a month now.

– Parks, beaches and walk-in places are not accessible to the public at this time. They have taped off playgrounds.

– KY Derby has been postponed…1st time since 1945.

– All sports competitions have been cancelled. There was no March Madness.

– All festivals and entertainment events have been banned.

– Weddings, family celebrations and birthdays have been cancelled. Funerals limited to 10 people.

-Zoom, which was a business application, is being widely used by everyone to gather groups of people virtually – socializing, funerals, weddings, religious activities are being scheduled on Zoom.

– People are doing drive-by parades to celebrate birthdays!

– People are doing drive-by baby showers by dropping gifts off at end of driveway.

– Young kids can’t understand why they can only see grandparents & other extended family and friends on a screen or thru a window if someone visits in person.

– Hugs and kisses are not given.

-Airplanes are flying but majority of flights are canceled and only a handful of people per flight.

– The churches are closed. Online mostly. Some drive-thru.

– We have to stay away from each other;  6 feet separation recommended.

– Primary voting will be done via mail-in votes.

– Shortage of masks and gloves in hospitals & other medical facilities.

– There are fewer ventilators than there should be. *** Edit: Early models showed a need for more ventilators. Auto companies were converted over to manufacture more. Now we have too many due to less people needing them than expected.

– People are wearing masks. Some places even REQUIRE that you wear them to enter! People are even making their own masks for sale or donation to medical facilities!

– Absolutely NO visitors allowed in hospitals, nursing homes, senior living, etc. If you go to the ER, you must enter alone, unless you’re the parent (or guardian) or caregiver.

– Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes and anything Lysol or Clorox is in short supply and limited per person…. IF you can even find them.

– Flour and yeast are also nearly impossible to find.

– Meat producers ordered to stay open regardless of how many sick employees they have. Shortage of meat on grocery shelves.

– Freezers nearly impossible to find.

– As of today, gas prices range from $.99- $1.69

– Stores are closing early to disinfect everything. (24 hour stores are even closing by 9pm)

– Store check outs, pharmacies and even fast food drive thru windows have added plexiglass between employee and customer. Patrons have to reach around or under to pay!

– Only 1 family member per cart in stores. Most stores are only allowing ages 16 and up inside.

– You can’t find isopropyl alcohol easily, and supply per person is limited.

– Banks only open using drive-thru.

– Moving has been limited or banned in many places.

– Australia, USA and Europe have closed their borders, along with many others.

– Western Australia has been divided into 9 territories & an instant $1,500 fine issued for crossing the border without a valid reason. (Transport workers, Essential services etc)

– No one is travelling for leisure. Airports empty. Tourism has the worst crisis in history.

– Hair salons are closed. Some people are cutting or coloring their own hair who never have before.

Why do I post this?

Next year & then every year after, this status will appear in my Facebook memories feed. And it will be an annual reminder that life is precious & that nothing should be taken for granted. We are where we are with what we have. Let’s be grateful.

This text is anonymous, it’s not mine, but I copied because I want to remember.

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