Have you been out recently? How’s living with COVID19 going for you?
For most of us, the period of lockdowns and restricted movements started just around when Spring starts, officially, in late-March. Since then, we have mostly moved to various phases of relaxation of such restricted movements. However, many people I know are far from eager to get back ‘into circulation’.
Many enjoy being at home in close contact with family. Some have decided they can mingle again with other family and friends, at each other’s homes and observing the health protocols. A good friend and I resumed our periodic rum tasting and discussions last Friday afternoon.
We sat at either corner of a sofa outside, maintaining our 2 metres distance. It was fine. We recalled how we’d both been in Europe in early-March and happily had gotten home before borders closed. We discussed how my family had been mainly working from home while his had gone to various workplaces out of necessity. On meeting and leaving, we hadn’t shaken hands or hugged and kissed as is his tradition in Europe. He mentioned that in his home country, people are still greeting with three kisses on the cheeks; other health protocols are observed. Fist and elbow bumps hadn’t made it, yet, in Holland. 🙂 It was a good catch up.
Many of us are now accustomed to ‘going’ to meetings on our computer or devices. Funnily, during the afternoon, while watching English Premier League matches and pro golf played without fans, and I got a notification for an Earth, Wind and Fire (EWF) live dance party on Facebook. Today, Santana and EWF will be live on Facebook.
My daughter came by and bopped with me and her visiting friend indoors. She’s been more adventurous, going to the beach with some friends and also hanging out at home with a selected few, one of whom has just come through quarantine after arriving from the USA. My wife has been to a few in-person meetings in recent days and headed out to a tea party yesterday afternoon. The teenagers were heading out to a late-night dip in the pool as I caught up with ‘Mission Impossible’ movie at about 9pm.
My family took a week staycation in Portland through last weekend; it was a great time with a ‘Gang of Four’ teenagers and we all felt refreshed and glad to see how parts of the country had coped over the past few months.
A first local golf tournament was held yesterday and my Saturday ‘dawn patrol’ gladly reported that they walked off with some 1st places; no one is discussing how many people competed. 🙂
In terms of socializing, things are getting back to the way they were, but still a long way off for many.
Interestingly, our tourism ministry is now tempting Jamaicans to ‘know’ Jamaica and have some staycations.
Why have they only now decided to see the not inconsiderable demand from locals to enjoy our own resorts and sights? I’ve seen many upset comments over the years complaining how Jamaica doesn’t often appear to be for Jamaicans as a destination for visitors.
I and several others have noted the absence of any explicit offer of sizeable discounts for locals. I have a few such offers in my email inbox, but they are exceptional. But, some are flagging where good deals may be found.
Still, many locals are not going to be tempted until they feel that deeper discounts are offered. Finances have been tighter for many households and whatever fun they may want to have wont be without serious budgetary considerations.
But, reality is biting many people and it’s clear that many are not interested in anything involving large groups and indoors, despite some partying in a popular site in the capital over recent weekends. People are also wary of mingling where they think foreign visitors will be, especially as so many of our new cases in the past 6 weeks have been ‘imported’ from the USA, where the handling of the pandemic has borded on reckless in the minds of many. That, too, is part of the new normal.