Ok, I am going to let my inner curmudgeon just flow here. I have a question for the general public. When, just when did we decide that even though there is a pandemic in full array, it is alright now to ignore all health precautions?
When did we decide that, as long as we THINK we are safe, it is ok to endanger other people with a virus that often is spread by people that don’t know they ever have it? This is especially true during a period when the cases are very noticeably going up rather than down.
Today, I had to mail something, which required that I get out of the house and go to the post office. Now, I didn’t have to go in. I simply put on my mask in order to get to the car and not expose any of my neighbors in case I have Covid-19. I then drove to the post office and dropped the item in the pickup slot out front. Nobody was exposed because of me and I was not exposed to any careless people’s lack of concern.
However, I like chips and cheese from the Mexican restaurant in my neighborhood. I decided that I would run in (since they don’t have a drive-through), grab some chips and cheese, wearing the mask of course, and be safe. The staff is REQUIRED to wear masks, thank goodness.
However, although our Parish (county) is strict about that sort of thing, unfortunately apparently we have been infiltrated by either out of staters, people from a neighboring Parish or just people that don’t give a fig. In any case, I am not a happy camper.
Here I am, feeling safe, wearing my mask, staying at least 6 feet from any staff member, even the one waiting on me. There aren’t any tables near me so safety reigns. Nice to know, I think, that it is safe to get take-out from my favorite Mexican restaurant.
Except, is it really? Suddenly a group of about six or eight men enters. I could tell they were just full of the element of invincibility or so they thought. Fine, they are at the door entering, I am at the bar so everything should be safe.
But what do they do?? They come to the take out bar area and stand right beside me. Did I mention that they were NOT wearing masks? One of them asked me how I am was doing and it was all I could do to keep from saying “I was fine till you jammed up against me with your no-mask wearing arrogance and put me in possible danger”.
I didn’t say that, however. I was polite, polite than I wanted to be, murmured “fine” and move to the other end of the bar. When I was leaving, in the parking, I looked and sure enough, there were several cars with out of state license tags.
Oh heavens, why can’t we close the country down to traffic across state lines so that these careless, no precautions taking “republican states” don’t infect us that did take precautions and managed to make things better again?
Kind of makes sense what the EU is now considering, doesn’t it? It seems they are considering banning travelers from the United States from entering the European Union. Since I would like to ban travelers from some of our surrounding states for the same reason, I would totally understand.