I, for one, am not going to stomp my foot on the accelerator any time soon. I have a few stores I have been going to over the past few weeks, partly because I know they are observing all the protocols to shield me and other customers as much as possible from COVID-19.
I’m not suggesting other stores aren’t, but I haven’t spent a lot of time visiting the many stores in the city which are still open in some form or another.
I know there is a growing impatience on the part of many to get back to ‘normal’ life, but the biggest fact we have to face is that the old normal isn’t going to be the new normal for quite some time, if ever.
If you and 100 of your friends want to get together in the park next Saturday to celebrate the start of the long weekend, I can’t stop you, but if some of you show COVID-19 symptoms a couple of weeks alter, there’s a good chance the government will impose an even stricter lockdown on us.
We ease back into things, accept that some stores will have strict controls than others for one reason or another, and with any luck, in a couple of months, life will be back to a closer semblance of normal.
The other reason I am going to take it slow and easy as the restrictions are lifted is a simple one.
I don’t think I’m going down in history, but I definitely don’t want it to be as the last victim in B.C. of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.