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Glad to walk Masich Place Stadium and glad to see some COVID-19 renos

The word came down on Friday that Masich Place Stadium will be open for walking starting today (as you read this).

That’s good news for me, because I like to walk and haven’t been able to recently. A few weeks ago, I tweaked a muscle in the back of my leg while I was out walking. I could put weight on the leg, but I couldn’t really walk with any speed.

About a week later, it was feeling better, so I went for a walk – and pulled up lame about a block into the walk.

So when it started feeling better (again) a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t make the same mistake. I started walking, but I did it in the parking lots at my apartment and at the studio. Flat surfaces, and I was close enough to a resting place in case something went wrong.

Well, nothing has gone wrong, no pain whatsoever, so I’m getting a bit more adventurous and I’m going to try the track at Masich Place.

The city’s release on the reopening did specify you could only get in from the Massey Drive side, and to keep an eye out for the construction going on.

That last part got me thinking about how many groups I’ve talked to recently who have taken advantage, if you will, of the enforced closures because of COVID-19 to get work done.

The downtown library was already in the middle of renovations, but I’m betting things moved a bit faster with no patrons in the building.

The Exploration Place announced last week they wouldn’t reopen until spring, but were going to do some renovations in the meantime.

Downstairs from us at CFIS, Studio 2880 has been doing some work in their gallery as they prepare to once again welcome visitors.

For a lot of businesses, there was a need to maybe not renovate, but reorganize, as they prepared to reopen with limited numbers of customers and the need for social distancing.

Cafe Voltaire underwent a complete facelift, which anybody who dropped by Books & Company could keep an eye on as it progressed. They left the actual table reorganization until the end of the job because, hey, it’s not like they had any customers who needed the tables.

I am in no way suggesting that the COVID-19 pandemic is a good thing, since many of these same companies and organizations have taken a pretty big hit in the pocketbook, but having the chance to get work done renovating the premises while not having to work around customers might not be a bad thing.

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