It’s summer! Time to get out and play in the sunshine.
Knock on wood.
New York State seems to have succeeded in bringing the COVID-19 epidemic down to very manageable levels. Kudos to Gov. Cuomo for his actions at the very beginning to shut down the state, and to require masks and social distancing, and for his firm, but slow, phase-based reopening plan. So far, it seems to be working.
I was even brave enough last week to go out for an actual shopping trip! Not that it was as much fun as it used to be, what with the mask – and in my case, cotton gloves – but at least I felt relatively safe. Everyone was masked, everyone maintained their distance, and the stores had instituted checkout procedures to continue to keep everyone as safe as possible.
I applaud the Northeast governors’ recent declaration to keep out visitors from high-risk states.
And my heart goes out to the people in those states. They’re where we were back in March and April, and I understand completely what they may be going through. Hospitals are overwhelmed, everyone’s skittish about being near anyone else – and there are those who still don’t take the whole thing seriously and who seem to go out of their way to flaunt the guidelines. COVID-positive parties? Really?
To everyone here in the US and those elsewhere who celebrate our 4th of July: Enjoy the holiday, but stay safe and healthy. Wear a mask and maintain social distancing. It’s working here; it will work wherever you are.
Hugs to all.
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