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It Was Like It Never Even Happened!!!

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A friend told my sister what a great afternoon she and her mom had in visiting the charming Hill Country Towns...very few people out and about  and what fun they had shopping, they did wear masks....plentiful parking....some new shops, but some shops remain closed for whatever reason....  So off me and my sister went....As Gov. Greg Abbott reopens the economy, he has urged Texans to wear masks in public to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

 

We stopped at a couple of shops on the outskirts of town, shop keeper and shoppers mainted distance and everyone wore masks......LOTS of interesting merchandise...good prices. 

 

One shop keeper told us she's concentrating on Made In The USA goods.....one was very picky if you were interested in an item she picked it up and gave you the price, if you wanted to buy it, she took to the counter....she was trying to limit people touching the merchandise and possibly spreading the virus....  Still, enjoyable shopping experience... 

 

Headed into town on the main street and it was like the virus never happened....CROWDS, LOTS OF CROWDS -on narrow sidewalks. This is a tourist town, and it was at pre-pandemic shopping----we were about the only people that wore masks...some of the shops are small and difficult to manuever in but they opened anyway and squeezed people in--- no limit on the number of people that could come in and no distancing....we avoided those shops....When one girl sneezed didnt even try to cover her nose or sneeze into her sleeve....we gave up and came home...didnt feel comfortable.... Woman Frustrated

 

Same thing in my city, with the nice weather everyone was out and about....there was traffic congestion and crowded parking lots everywhere....

 

I guess some people feel like its OKAY and we are back to normal......SMH! Woman Frustrated

 

We went to Petsmart they did have a sign posted everyone had to wear masks and maintain distances and everyone followed the rules--THANKFULLY!!!!

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I went so long when this first started, going virtually nowhere, that when the 'new' rules went into effect for distancing, masks, one way aisles etc. I felt so uneasy going into a store the first time. 

 

I can see me being just as uncomfortable with 'normal' when things open back up, when more people are around, and when we try to get back to whatever is going to be the new normal. 

 

It felt odd then and it will feel odd to try and change back.

 

 

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@Mominohio wrote:

I went so long when this first started, going virtually nowhere, that when the 'new' rules went into effect for distancing, masks, one way aisles etc. I felt so uneasy going into a store the first time. 

 

I can see me being just as uncomfortable with 'normal' when things open back up, when more people are around, and when we try to get back to whatever is going to be the new normal. 

 

It felt odd then and it will feel odd to try and change back.

 

 


@Mominohio 

 

You are right, it is an adjustment....even slowly transitioning to normal....but people are jumping right into the last phase (there's a vaccine, and little or no virus) but we arent there yet....I can only hope that the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths dont skyrocket with people's carelessness...and the spike in cases wont be due to the excuse CDC gives that "more people are being tested". No, that's not it at all---its more like people are being careless and dont care anymore...

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@Spurt wrote:

@Mominohio wrote:

I went so long when this first started, going virtually nowhere, that when the 'new' rules went into effect for distancing, masks, one way aisles etc. I felt so uneasy going into a store the first time. 

 

I can see me being just as uncomfortable with 'normal' when things open back up, when more people are around, and when we try to get back to whatever is going to be the new normal. 

 

It felt odd then and it will feel odd to try and change back.

 

 


@Mominohio 

 

You are right, it is an adjustment....even slowly transitioning to normal....but people are jumping right into the last phase (there's a vaccine, and little or no virus) which we arent quite there yet....I can only hope that the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths dont skyrocket with people's carelessness...and it wont be the excuse CDC gives that "more people are being tested"....its more people are being a bit careless as we transition....


 

@Spurt 

 

What I'm seeing is that people are just over it. And I get it, we all are. And I think that so many people can be 'good' on the short term, but really don't operate well having to make big sacrifices for long periods of time, and that is what this situation really really needs. 

 

I've had long discussions with my husband about not getting complacent at work as this thing goes on and on. The company isn't really doing all it should, and I really know how easy it is, when no one is getting sick around you, to let your guard down, to push the limit a bit more over time. It's just human nature. We all just want to go back to what life was like on this date one year ago.

 

I think there is going to be big pockets of surges either within a month of most places opening, or in the later fall months because people are just not going to stay vigilant. I hope I'm wrong. I'd love to eat those words and admit I was wrong. but only time will tell.

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@Spurt   New Braunfels?

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Did people appear to be spending lots of money in the shops?  I hope so.  I want the business people to profit from their efforts.

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Some people think the rules do not apply to them.

 

Clueless, clueless, clueless

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@SpurtWhat you are describing is pretty much what I've expected to happen as restrictions were lifted.  The best part of those crowds you mention, of the lack of protective masks, etc. is that if there's virus and opening up is going to be dangerous, I'll know before I venture into my own new normal.

 

I'm hoping the people in those crowds prove that it could be safe.  Might be -  but I'll leave the details of my thinking to marinate in my own brain.

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And this is how the virus spreads into the small towns where everyone is currently saying, "I live in a small town and there are hardly any cases right now. Surely we don't need to follow the same rules as the big cities." Then Typhoid Tim from Coronaville gets back from his vacation and drops in on your local craft fair...

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Our neighbors who live across from us, they are very kind and sweet people, but they are having a party today. I bet there are 15-20 cars over there. The yard is full, the house is small. No way they can be social distancing.

I'm just not comfortable being around a bunch of people. I'd be a nervous wreck.