Slowly, but surely, we’re getting there. The COVID-19 pandemic is slowly, ever so slowly, going away.
Five regions in New York State are entering Phase II of their reopening as of today. Phase II includes most office workers and some retail (with restrictions). For many, it seems the most important aspect of Phase II is that hairdressers and beauty salons will reopen (again with restrictions). Blonds can be blond again, and none of us will be forced to cut our own hair (or shave our heads, as some men have done).
I live in Western New York, which is still in Phase I. The question now is: When will we reach Phase II? Western New York may, or may not, reach Phase II on Tuesday of next week, depending on how many COVID-19 hospitalizations there are in this region over the next few days.
The good news is: I have been in contact with my employer, and even if Western New York officially reaches Phase II on Tuesday, I won’t need to return to the office until Monday of the following week. I am in the high-risk group for infection based on my age and health condition, and there are still issues in the office building which need to be resolved to be in compliance with the state guidelines for reopening.
As you all know, I am in no particular hurry to get back to work, especially under these circumstances. I’ll be happy to take a few days vacation or unpaid time while everyone else gets their acts together.
Meanwhile, here in the backyard, nothing has changed. The weather alternates between sunshine and monsoon-like rain. Puppy Cody patrols the perimeter looking for bunnies and squirrels:
I tried numerous times to get Cody to pose for me (“Cody! Be Pretty“), but no dice. She was simply too intent on her “job” as she sees it.
Of course, Cody decided her security duties ended when The Boss got home from shopping:
I should rate such enthusiasm. But then, I wasn’t returning from the store, maybe with treats.
Hope all is well with all of you. If you’re in the Northeast, things are probably improving; everywhere else, you may have a long road ahead of you. But in any case, this pandemic will end eventually for all of us.
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