Shoppers wait outside a Publix Supermarket in Gainesville under new Coronavirus restrictions
Today was Day 1 ofthe Official Stay-at-Home order in Alachua County. The biggest change I noticed was at the Supermarket. A police officer stood watch to make sure only 45 people went into the store at a time. On the sidewalk "X" marked the spot for the line outside to indicate where people should stand to stay six feet apart. Of course my outing provoked scoldings from my two sons who were aghast that I had ventured out. I will conceed, they are probably right.
But other than that it hasn’t been that different from the previous week when I observed an unofficial stay-at-home policy. . I went out for a walk in the morning to my favorite walking trail. Fellow walkers posted words of encouragement on the trail, like this signpost that urged walkers (and runners) to stay focused and sparkly.
That's Zoom the new video conferencing tool that is taking over academica and the non-profit world. I have been on Zoom conferences about a dozen times in the past few days. I have given two classes on Zoom. But I am zoomed out now for the day and about to visit my local bar -- the one in my living room. that is. Staying at home is exhausting. Time for a break.
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