How is the reopening going in your land?
Another scary thing: One of my housemate's daughters was warned by a friend that truckers are threatening to quit. Her friend watches OANN and NewsMax. I don't follow those, so I asked her to talk to people who have boots on the ground--truckers in this area.
Does anyone know about this? I just encouraged her to stock up on MREs and camping food since she's been warned to store up food and doesn't have much space. Couldn't hurt, especially with things being weird out there at the moment.
Even Fox News mentioned a strike--but nothing about truckers quitting altogether.
Went to lunch with a friend. She retired from 50 years of nursing. When we walked in the restaurant, everyone turned to look at us. About 40 people. No one was wearing a mask. Mom and pop restaurant.
Later I realized, people were looking up to see if we were wearing masks! While you do see them in certain places, most people around here have had it with them.
I did see one man come in with a mask. He was old. His daughter (or caregiver) had no mask.
This particular restaurant is post-covid. It's just done. If someone came here and told people to close their businesses, there's a good chance they'd be shot. I know of a few places like this.We've all seen the double standard.
The feeling now is if a person has a business, they want to open, they open it. If a customer wants to come in and buy something, they can. If you want to stay home, no one is going to care or bother you.
This is why people start a business. They want to make the rules!
Interesting to read about a restaurant being open, and that being "normal."
I think an issue to think about is very simply rooted in our locations. Where I am, people are still mandated to wear masks, and now they've upped the ante - when anyone visits us, we are now regulated to wear masks in our homes and maintain a 6 feet distance while doing so. So our at home behavior is now being regulated, at least on paper. Theoretically, my neighbors could call police on me if my mom is over watching my children while I go to my doctor appointment. But this is all really geared towards our holidays. Just in time, in fact.
On top of that, if I leave the state and come home, I'm expected to quarantine for 2 weeks. Same for anyone coming in from outside. Not enforceable, but it's the principle of the thing.
What are the effects of this and why do I think it's good to think about? Well, if I lived where the mandate was ended or just never enacted, I think I'd personally be a little less upset these days, and go along with a whole lot more, because being given a choice means so very much. Not to say we don't still have the choice here, but it has officially become an act of rebellion and can put you in danger of serious confrontation - I've seen it and had it happen to me more than once. Thank goodness I have lots of Uranian energy 😉
Anyway, there are a lot of people like me. We can't take this anymore and it just keeps getting worse. What will come of putting free people under this much pressure when there is so much to question about this "pandemic?" Especially those of us with young children - we are going to be a nightmare. Maybe they want this though. I don't know.
Anyway, those of you living where you can be free, please enjoy yourselves and go out and have a meal for me! It's so nice to know there are still places where you can do that. You don't know what you've got till it's gone, that's for sure.
Definitely, lower populated areas do not have the virus spread that densely populated areas do. Even though I'm in NJ, my county has a lot of open space and we don't have the virus concentration. I was happy to see that my county officials are pushing back on the governor's proposed 8pm curfew for non-essential businesses. That will permanently close many of them especially during the Christmas season when they depend on sales.
What difference does it make if a store closes at 8pm instead of 10pm? Is the virus more active at night? Its truly ridiculous and looks more to me like authoritarian rule. If you are a business and don't comply here, they'll pull your license to operate.
You are truly lucky the government in your area allows you freedom to make your own choices.
I bet curfews like that could backfire by concentrating people who are flocking in to beat the curfew.