For the time being, Sharon and I are staying home. We’re not members of the part of society who are waiting for the green light to travel again. That’s because we know there is no such green light that will indicate everything is back to normal. We’d be happy if we felt comfortable shopping at the local supermarket.
Even with every sensible health organization saying that you should wear a face-covering while in public, many people feel that it’s not necessary. If it doesn’t keep you from getting coronavirus, what’s the point. Or so some will say.
No amount of reason will teach the masses that, “the mask is to prevent others from catching your cooties instead of keeping you from catching theirs,” will make people wear masks.
Even if people are told to wear masks, they still don’t wear them properly. Take this poster from the MTA in New York. I feel this so much!!!
So while many people aren’t traveling because they don’t feel safe on an airplane or in a hotel room or even in a rental car, I don’t want to travel because I don’t feel safe around people.
That might be the reason behind why RV rentals are surging and the U.S. National Parks are seeing record attendance. The smart people are trying to avoid everyone else. The problem is that there aren’t enough places for those who want to practice social distancing to do so away from everyone else. The non-mask wearing hordes will invade the apparently safe locations, leaving those who want to stay safe nowhere to go.
While Sharon and I felt that it was OK to visit Universal Orlando on the Passholder preview days, we don’t want to visit Disney World when it reopens. Way too many people are complaining about the safety measures before they are even open, so we’re choosing to stay away.
The same has to go for local restaurants. Florida has relaxed guidelines so much that the public seems to think that coronavirus is a thing of the past. We’d love to support our local establishments but we’re not ready to sit down at a restaurant. Even if we’d be willing to wear a mask while waiting for a table, many other guests feel it’s unnecessary. That’s not an environment we feel comfortable being around, so we’ll keep eating meals at home. Our health is more important to us than the local economy.
How would we feel if we traveled somewhere and no one cared about trying to keep us from getting coronavirus? Unfortunately, that’s the feeling of many people and governments around the U.S. and the world.
So we’re staying home, for now. And please, don’t say I’m living in fear. I really do want to travel. I’m just willing to wait until I feel it’s safe to do so again.
#stayhealthy #staysafe #washyourhands
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