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How is the reopening going in your land?
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Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 5:49 pm
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We are still having a lot of new COVID cases.  I think we added 1300 yesterday in my state.  My county has 6600.  My state has over 30,000.  My metro has 60000.  I have a really good governor, but we are on the 1-95 corridor and the metro is the nations capital.

We all wear masks.  I think mid-May he will start easing off some of the restrictions.  It is very different if you are a city-mouse or a country-mouse.  If you live on the I-95 corridor on the east coast or the middle of the country.   I think the terms for reopening will be and ahould be different for the different areas.  I expect it to ease up end of May.  

However, I am sure we will get a second wave this fall.  I am not sure if I am staying in this metro or moving.  If I stay in the metro it will be further out into the burbs.  I am working.  I have to take that into account.  I am grateful.

Nothing ever easy – this is ours to work with. I have known several people who have died from this.  A good friend who is in her 30’s was sick for 7 weeks and worried about permanent heart damage.  She does not live that far from me.

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I live in northern Michigan. We’re one of the hardest hit states but not specifically in my area. Downstate is and always has been almost another world. Our governor is dealing aggressively with lessening the spread and has extended stay at home until the 28th. Realistically, I’m seeing people break this increasingly starting this last Monday. Drastically more traffic, people at the grocery store, etc. There are lots of rich people with second homes here who have been flocking here since the beginning, though they were begged not too (the same is happening out west, the hamptons, etc.), plus more people that usual who want to flee the apocalypse. Every fourth car is an out of state plate. You cannot stop the force of Memorial Day in northern Michigan. Where I live is an escape, a playground, for a lot of privileged people and they are flocking here more than usual, and breaking necessary travel only rule!

It’s difficult for us up here because we just aren’t seeing much of the disease. And as we’re stuck inside 9 months of the year with brutal winter and it being so lovely here, the drive to be OUTSIDE at the first sign spring is strong with all northern Michiganders.

I’m a waitress and there is no dine-in here until the 28th. That is WELL within the start of tourist season. We will most likely be operating at 50%.

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Illinois is Loony Toon Central…. just behind New York and California.

Governor is having verbal sparring matches with POTUS and doing his best to keep everyone sealed in their homes for as long as possible. Oh sure…. he put out a plan dividing the state into 4-zones for the CONVID-19 (aka: Muhan Flu / Virus). I’m not entirely certain if I like this, but I definitely strongly dislike his 5-step plan to getting the state back up running before the total shut-down. You’d think he’d want everyone back to work soon as possible (working people pay taxes, which this state desperately needs).

People I’ve talked to recently agree. They’re careful around old people and very young kids. Perhaps the governor could take a page out their book and just open every county outside the major metropolitan areas. People have brains…. and most use them pretty well.

People in my area are tired of the proverbial chicken coop. Sometimes I wish I could just throw the house keys to my neighbor and move to another state. But I still have another few years until this house is paid off.

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Very pleasantly surprised this evening when I visited Mom…. on the Tv news it reported the county next to mine it’s county board voted to defy the governor and voted to open ALL businesses. Obviously keeping masks and 6ft spacing for specific circumstances.

Yup…. return of common sense when I least expected it!!

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I went to town today… I checked the senior hours at the grocery store (so I could respect them). There was nothing there. I went after 8 am anyway, I generally shop EARLY. I was stunned to see both entrances of the store open. I just didn’t expect it. 

I also didn’t expect how good it would feel to walk in the store, normally.  The door they closed was the one I favored.

There were signs ALL OVER businesses, the bank, the eye doctor, etc. stating opening date.  They ranged from May 11-15th which suggests to me, the whole areas will be open this weekend.

The staff (that I noticed) in the stores were still wearing masks but the virtually none of the customers were.

We’re well on our way to normalcy here.

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My gov. shut our county down till June. Some counties are opening up in spite of him. Makes me happy. I’ve had enough. By June it will be 12 WEEKS!!!

The majority of cases were in nursing homes, the others tended to be people with comorbidities. That should be the discussion now.

Additionally, we were all happy to “flatten the curve” and do our part, but not for 3 months. That is too long. Even my nurse relative – who is working in a nursing home with covid patients – has said it’s become absurd at this point. Besides that, they keep changing the requirements to reopen – it went from not overwhelming health care to “now we need to test everyone and trace them.” Um, no. 

I hate the division. I don’t understand how it ended up along political lines for the most part, like you’re a Trump person if you want to reopen, and a Democrat if not. Can’t people just think for themselves? I don’t fit in one of those boxes, personally.

  

Isn’t it nuts? I try to think for myself and don’t fit into any camp either. I use my own brain,whichever neurons aren’t fried yet from all of this chaos. 🙂

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I can’t describe the joy I felt, entering the grocery store in normal fashion. I pray this fades away, never to brought up again.

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I can’t describe the joy I felt, entering the grocery store in normal fashion. I pray this fades away, never to brought up again.

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Today I went out of town to a large family-owned farm to get produce. (I feel safer getting mine locally at this point. At least you know where it comes from! They also seem to have no problem keeping produce stocked, because it’s grown right there on the farm.)

It’s an open-air market, and most folks were wearing masks and giving each other some space, but not being ridiculous about it. Nothing about it felt real weird, scary or anything. In fact, it was nice to be out in the sun and fresh air, and I think everyone there enjoyed getting out of the house! 🙂

This farm, BTW, is owned by my late husband’s family. So I’d like to start supporting businesses like this that I know are local. 

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In France the “deconfinement” started last Monday.

Most stores are open except restaurants, still to be closed until at least end of June (or more). People are encouraged to wear masks and keep a minimum 1 meter distance in stores or outdoor markets. Some places provide antibacterial gel for the hands when you enter, and only allow people to come in a little at a time.

On the streets however (I live in a very crowded suburb) all the shitheads are back, in droves. It was so calm and quiet without them… And they’re all hopped up, drivers and walkers. I just went out at noon to buy a sandwich and came back completely wired. Will now make sandwiches at home!!! 

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Friday, May 15, 2020 - 4:24 pm
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I hear ya. It’s the same here. I’ve had a moderate case of heartburn for two days solid. Headaches that come and go. 

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Satsun said
In France the “deconfinement” started last Monday.

Most stores are open except restaurants, still to be closed until at least end of June (or more). People are encouraged to wear masks and keep a minimum 1 meter distance in stores or outdoor markets. Some places provide antibacterial gel for the hands when you enter, and only allow people to come in a little at a time.

On the streets however (I live in a very crowded suburb) all the shitheads are back, in droves. It was so calm and quiet without them… And they’re all hopped up, drivers and walkers. I just went out at noon to buy a sandwich and came back completely wired. Will now make sandwiches at home!!! 

  

LOL. I like the  quiet roads and areas, too. It’s been a pleasure driving without many on the road. Now, there’s a bit more, but still not like before. 

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Went to a walmart for last minute seeds and some stuff my husband wanted. I ran into a gal I know and haven’t seen for awhile. We hugged, spontaneously. It didn’t hit me until we separated.  She and her husband got in line behind me (6′ apart).  We were just all glad to see each other.

Employees wearing masks; I’m sure they have no choice.  Hardly any customers wearing masks now. I have also seen some very old people out without masks.  They just don’t want to bother with them, I expect.  It’s all about “have to”. I don’t think people around here think they do any good, unless you’re sick and not trying to infect others. If that’s the case, you should be at home anyway.

There are a lot of empty shelves. I don’t look around. I needed some napkins and they were there which was kind of a shock. I just go to my exact items and get out. But it’s definitely getting back to normal here.

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Back in mid-March when my Toastmasters club suddenly switched to “elbow bumps” instead of the standard Toastmasters handshake in meetings, I accidentally shook another member’s hand! I felt horrible for a minute, but it’s kind of hard to break habits, whizz, bang, just like that. A client of mine still hugs and high-fives his family and friends. They trust God to protect them. 

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Still locked up until June 1st. Then, they start the phase thing… and we are not in the first phase to be released. 

The Gov wont give an inch and says he wants arrests for people who don’t abide by what he is saying.

Of course he fails to mention that his wife and kids went to Florida for vacation and he is there now…. he says that one of his staff was tested and tested positive so he is down there for two weeks in isolation. This jackass will never be reelected. Ever. 

So, I can’t move until they free us. Its like being in a govt prison. 

The nursing home up the street has 117 positive residents. The staff brought the scourge in…. the residents haven’t had visitors since 3/13. Of a 150 bed place…. 117 of them have it. And, the employees use the local quick stores so we don’t go in those at all…. we go way over to the other side of town to shop. 

I can’t wait to get out of here. At this point who knows when he will free us. 

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