Ready to Reopen?

Tomorrow my province is taking its first steps towards reopening (what has been officially labelled as Phase 1).

All retail stores that have a street entrance are allowed to reopen, provided they can maintain appropriate physical distancing measures.

But the number of people allowed at any one gathering has not been raised from five.

So we’re allowed to shop, where presumably we’ll come into contact with any number of other people, many (most?) of whom will not be wearing masks or not wearing them correctly, and even if the store can maintain appropriate distancing measures by limiting the number of customers allowed, I seriously doubt the same will be able to be said about the inevitable lineups outside, but we’re still not allowed to go and visit my mum.

If you can explain to me how this is a safer and more logical first step in this process, please do. It makes no sense to me at all and seems obviously grounded on the assumption that restarting the economy is the be-all and end-all of life.

I would have thought creating two-household bubbles (or something along those lines) would have been a slower, safer way to test whether we’ve done enough. I find it depressing that my provincial government thinks it’s more important to BUY BUY BUY than ease the tensions and difficulties caused by social distancing.

And I’ll say this now: I don’t think we’re ready. I don’t think our testing is rigorous enough. I don’t think we can trace cases as well as we need to.

I’m expecting this to backfire.

And it makes me so sad.

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4 responses to “Ready to Reopen?

  1. Elizabeth Meyer

    My understanding is that the risk of transmission from brief retail interactions is much lower than that of lengthier gatherings where small groups of people sit and breath the same air for greater than 15 minutes. That said, I do not disagree with you that the push to reopen is primarily economic. I hope you get to see your mother soon. It’s so difficult.

  2. Mali

    I really hope it doesn’t backfire. We’ve opened up the last week – there are prosecutions if businesses don’t monitor safe distances (both inside of and outside of stores). But it makes me a bit nervous too.

    I’m sorry you can’t visit your mother yet. That’s really tough on you both. Widening bubbles even slightly was the first move we were able to make, two weeks ago. I hope you can do it soon.

  3. Judging from what happened at Trinity Bellwoods Park last weekend, I sadly think you’re right. It’s infuriating to see people so openly flouting the rules/recommendations, when I haven’t been out of the house more than once (aside from walks in a neighbourhood where we’ll only encounter a handful of other people along the way, with lots of space to give each other a wide berth as we pass), and I am fully expecting to see a rise in the numbers again soon. šŸ˜¦ Dh is chomping at the bit to go see Great-Nephew again; I’m not sure how I feel about that, particularly when we’ll probably just get to wave to him from behind glass for five minutes again while the dog goes nuts. Not sure it’s worth the angst I know it’s going to cause me… apparently he’s crawling now, & it just kills me that we’re missing out on it all. My mom said to me when I called her on Sunday, “I guess you’re not coming home this summer.” Ummm, I guess not, not as long as the numbers stay like this. It’s infuriating & heartbreaking all round. šŸ˜¦

  4. Turia

    loribeth, can you guys Zoom or Facetime or Skype with Great-Nephew? I know he won’t know what’s going on, but then you could see what he’s getting up to? We often link up with cousins down under that way and I got a big smile from my five-month-old niece the other night when I pulled some faces at her.

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