Use common sense as we adjust to the new normal

Published 4:41 pm Friday, May 29, 2020

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Ready or not, “real” life is restarting for most of us. We’re sure some people are still working remotely, but a lot of locals are back in the office every day. Restaurants have reopened, stylists are cutting hair and retail stores are ready for any item you might need. 

We’re of the opinion that it was time for things to get somewhat back to normal, although it’s going to require a lot of common sense and smart decision making by the public at large. If you’ve been around someone who had a positive case of COVID-19 over the last few weeks, then please don’t attend. If you have a fever, don’t attend. If you wake up feeling “off” — and only you know what that means personally — then think long and hard before attending. 

The truth is that COVID-19 has sort of turned from a state-led issue, one where every governor was dictating how their own state should handle, to one where we all must take personal responsibility.

For instance, we’re sure many are pondering trips to the beach, the lake or the pool this weekend. It’s hot outside, and frankly we don’t blame you. Our suggestion is to use common sense. Can you find a spot on the beach where you aren’t right in the middle of 100 strangers? If the answer is yes, and you can safely social distance from other groups, then you’re probably OK. If the answer is no, we strongly urge you not to go. The same rule applies for other bodies of water. If you want to go eat out as a family this weekend, we suggest similar thinking. 

Can you do it while social distancing? Take hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching items at the restaurant. 

And what do you do if your family member is having a big birthday party in the next few weeks? 

Common sense will save the day. If that family member is over 65 and has underlying health problems, we recommend doing a drive-by parade or hosting it on Zoom. 

If it’s a younger person, we still recommend practicing social distancing 

Ultimately, everyone there might feel “fine,” but studies have shown that many people can be asymptomatic and spread the virus. 

The world is slowly but surely ramping back up, and we think that’s a good thing, not only for the economy but also for mental health.

But we all have to use common sense as we start venturing back out.