I’m going to try and write a post every day while the pandemic is ongoing, and cover everything that is happening here, locally, for us, as it unfolds. A few twitter friends I know have said they’re doing the same, so we can all follow along. But also, it’s a form of therapy, talking like this to readers, sharing experiences, letting everyone out there know what it’s like for us here.
I think the more we share and support one another the easier it will be, in the long run, to cope with the enforced isolation and the not being able to do certain things, like normal.
Yesterday saw our Premiere give another live update, with a number of his key ministers. They were all reiterating what was said Friday, and emplourinig people, where possible, to stay home, stay inside, and think of others as much as themselves during these trying times. But also added new measure had been enacted allowing the government leeway in which to get things done for the health and safety of everyone in the province. What that will mean in the long run, only time will tell.
To start with, more social venues are being told to mandatorily close for the duration, including: libraries, museums, theatres, cinemas, zoos, aquariums, swimming pools, spas, sports venues, concert halls, music venues, bars, restaurants. You name it. [See: Government Bulletin.]
I cannot imagine the social hardship this is going to have on workers of these places, let alone the business impact. Our local restaurant (2 of them) are staying open, employing staff were possible, and doing delivery in large brown paper bag carriers. We’ll see how long that lasts.
Meanwhile, my partner went off to work this morning, still await notification about whether or not some of them will be sent home to work at home. Certain sections of where they work are being kitted out with laptops and new secure servers are being installed. So I’m guessing all this is going to take time. My partner works for the government, so while big companies are and have already implemented staff working from home, where possible, I know my partner is in a sector of essential services (health) so might not be so lucky.
They’ve also sanitised their building, over the weekend. And, I guess, other Regies in and around the city too. The dinning rooms have had all the tables rearranged for separation, as well as break rooms. And no more than 5 in a lift at anyone time.
All in all, this looks like it’s going to be a hugely important and busy week for everyone involved, at every level, to see if here, at least, we can squash that curve!
And you? What’s happening in your part of the world?