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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