Sunday Post #418 Scary Times…

April 26th, 2020 Kimberly Sunday Post 123 Comments

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Another week of endless Mondays. I listened to some awesome audiobooks and my hubby got a free year of Apple TV with his work phone. We have been watching an awesome mysteries series called Home Before Dark.

Our governor, despite the CDC recommendations to do otherwise, (they recommend we move to Phase 1 mid-June) is opening up a lot of businesses, including salons and restaurants with some restrictions. 50% capacity for dining in and masks for staff. Salons/tattoo and massage parlors have to limit to 10 customers, and both clients and practitioner have to wear masks. Daycare 15 children per group, schools, bars and movie theaters will remain closed and those who can telecommute are encouraged to do so. All this as we see new cases every day and have limited testing.

UGH. Money over lives. We will not be taking part and will continue to stay at home. These poor people have to go back to work or risk being fired. What is happening where you are? Elbow hugs – Stay Caffeinated.

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123 Responses to “Sunday Post #418 Scary Times…”

  1. Olivia Roach

    I definitely agree that it is such a shame to see that capatilism is winning out over the health and well being of others. My mum’s primary school had to open up by government rule, so now she has to go to work every day as she is the headteacher…

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  2. Barbara Strickland

    Just keep doing what you are doing. I shudder. Money is fine but if you are sick or dead it wont do anything for you. Its so logical. We are a little luckier here in Aussie but we have a smaller population and bigger distances (geographical) and hopefully our gov will stay strong. Stay self with your family, loads of affection and appreciation for the great work you do.

  3. Lover of Romance

    I think its hard to judge the reopening unless you have lost your job and can’t feed your family. I think there are safety measures we can do and remain responsible during this whole thing. We were only meant to be on lockdown for a few weeks anyway it was never meant to go on for this long. Because there is already a huge rise in suicide, cancer (I already lost a dear friend because the doctor offices were closed and couldn’t see a doctor when it could have made a difference), and domestic violence deaths in just the past couple months. So I think if the right precautions are taken I am supportive of it. The key is to get testing more available and that way we can test on a regular basis and slowly get back to normal life again.

    Hopefully it will die down in these warmer months and things will get better for all of us.

    • Kimberly

      I agree, I hate seeing workers such as those at meat-packing plants forced to work with severe outbreaks and no testing for all. We didn’t follow the phase guidelines though and our cases are rising. We are in the top three states for new cases.

  4. Anstice Brown

    I’m sorry your governor is going against the CDC recommendations but glad you have the option to continue to stay at home. We are still in lockdown here in the UK. Our government acted slowly and I fear thousands of lives will be lost as a result.

    • Kimberly

      I think most employers here are continuing to tele-commute and a lot of restaurants decided to continue takeout rather than risk their employees.

  5. Flora

    I’m watching the news from here in the UK and I’m thankful that our government aren’t making any rash decisions. I’m glad that you and Hubby are still staying home, Kimberly, I can’t believe some US governors and politicians are taking this so lightly. I heard one comment like “but if you take the deaths as a percentage of the population it’s only something like 0.4%” I was flabbergasted!
    Stay safe & healthy. Love to you all.

  6. Noel

    Oof, that’s terrible! We have businesses closed and restaurants that can afford to have become take-out only, but people still go all over and even go to the parks where we’re at.

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  7. S. J. Pajonas

    Elbow hugs. I am not a fan of this opening up businesses right now. We still need more time to flatten the curve or eradicate this thing. Sigh. I know how frustrating this must be for you! Definitely stay home! … We also got Apple TV+ when I got my new computer. I’ll have to check out that show!

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  8. Lorna

    I feel like we are undoing all the good done by staying home. Here in Maryland we had almost 900 new cases overnight here. Close to 20,000 cases. We aren’t opening back up but I fear what happens when we do. I’m staying home either way.

  9. Tyler H. Jolley

    My state started to open slowly too. My ortho office is open today, but we’re taking incredible measures to stay safe. All patients are six feet apart, they get their temps taken before they enter the building, waiting room is closed . . . we’re doing our best. I hope it’s enough. Stay safe, Kimba.

    • Kimberly

      Yeah, my dentist office sent out an email. They have opened too. We need to stay in the car and they will call us when they are ready to take us into exam room. I am holding off for a while, but I bet kids in braces are glad to be continuing the process!

    • Kimberly

      Same, but they closed restaurants, dental offices, bars and salons but not stores. Most stores closed on their own. We shall see. I am not rushing out the door.

  10. Katherine

    Our order will probably list May 1st but with seriously heavy restrictions. We will probably continue to live as if it’s in place but even with the order still place people have been acting like it’s already lifted. My husband has been the only one leaving the house and when he went to pick up food Saturday he said both the parking lots of Lowes and Home Depot were jammed and their were people everywhere. Hope you have a great week!

  11. Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter

    I watched a Tik Tok that said if you chose to go out to places opening up so soon then you are agreeing to be a test subject because the people making the calls to open up are not going to be going out in public; they’re going to wait and see how it goes for the general public first. My heart breaks for the people who have to chose between risking their health and putting food on the table.

    I hope your week is a good one! Stay safe!

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    • Kimberly

      Me to Jennifer. I only venture out 2xs a month for food supply, but I try to be extra nice to the store employees and cashiers. I am sure they are exhausted and overwhelmed.

  12. Berls

    Isn’t it sad that there is anyone, political affiliation be damned, that would value money over lives? Texas is trying to move forward too. Not as fast, but too fast. The county judge for Dallas, however is basically fighting the governor at every step. He put our stay at home orders in place 2 weeks before the governor and wants to keep them longer. And Dallas is fairing fairly well, so I say, let’s keep doing as he says and screw the governor.

    Stay safe. Elbow hugs!!

  13. shooting

    Wow, that’s crazy that things are starting to open up near you. Kentucky is staying pretty shut down right now. We do have protesters and people wanting things to open up, but we also have a really good governor so I think he’ll do the best he can to keep numbers low (we’re pretty good on that front – more covid cases in states around us). I definitely don’t plan to venture out much when things DO open up a bit – I’ll see how it goes first! No need to be hasty.

    -Lauren
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  14. Sophia Rose

    Glad you’re getting some good books and shows in while you’re staying at home. We’re no where near phase one here in Michigan though our governor did loosen the restrictions to allow gardening center to open and big box stores to open all departments again. Boaters can go out again and those with cabins can use them as long as they stay isolated once there. So, we’re coming along slowly but surely.

    • Kimberly

      It’s really weird, our governor seems to be doing things out-of-order even though numbers are going up rapidly in certain counties. (ours being one of them) What scares me is that people hear are all out and about. The Mayor practically begs parents to keep their children off park equipment and the food stores, home stores and roads are crowded.

  15. Samantha

    They are preparing to open up here in Ohio but they haven’t said exactly what that will look like. But, we still have new cases every day! Schools are closed for the rest of the year. Right now, that is the only thing we know. The governor spent ever day last week talking about “the plan” but saying that he would release it next week. Its frustrating for sure and I worry about a spike in infections.

    • Kimberly

      Ours dropped it on Friday, with a scaled back opens on Monday.. all they talk about is we have enough beds and ventilators. WTH… so I can relax because I will get a ventilator if I need it..but 80% who go on one die…gee thanks!

  16. Becki

    I love the title for Cloudy with a Chance of Witchcraft 🙂 I was amused you called it endless Mondays – since I don’t have to ‘go’ to work, I’ve been calling it Sunday over and over… 😉 I’m in Michigan, and we’re still supposed to be locked down til mid-May.

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  17. Yvonne

    They still haven’t decided anything definitive here about re-opening. So far, everything remains closed. I do understand the need for people to earn an income, but OTOH, it’s just too dangerous. I’ll stay inside until it’s really safe to go out, but the dangerous part comes when others go out and could infect other people without even knowing it. It’s very scary.

    Hope you have a good week and stay safe!

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    • Kimberly

      Yes, I understand the financial aspect, however it is the lower income and blue class workers who are forced back to work and sometimes in seriously unsafe conditions. My heart goes out to them.

  18. Ethan

    Our state has decided to start opening things up as well. Fortunately, my company is following CDC guidelines and not the state. I just don’t understand the need to rush this thing. We’ve seen the results in other countries, so I wish we could just listen to the experts!

    My reading and reviewing has been thriving, though there has been a huge uptick in holds for ebooks and audiobooks at my library. I just got my copy of If It Bleeds, so I’m excited to give it a read.

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  19. Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)

    That’s so crazy. I haven’t heard anything yet here. My specific location is a group of 4 small towns on top of a mountain. We’ve been lucky that the pandemic hasn’t hit us hard here (but we only just got testing stations in our area a week ago). Anyone who wanted to get tested prior to that had to drive almost 2 hours away. I’ve been “working from home” which doesn’t translate well to a customer service/cashier. I honestly don’t know what will happen with my job. My bosses didn’t seem overly concerned to pull us from the front lines at first and only pulled us back a week before they shut down all essential businesses. So, I feel that the moment they are able to throw us back out there, they will. :\

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    • Kimberly

      You were lucky. Yeah, my daughter handles phones and emails in a data center and it took them a while to figure out how to telecommute. Thankfully, all of my peeps are still working from home and will continue to do so through May at least. It’s the cashiers waitress and others I worry about. They have to go back or risk losing income.

    • Kimberly

      Good. Those who can work from home are, I just worry that everyone will go out…like today, people we know are hitting the malls for a girls’ day. WTF??

  20. Sophie

    Well Kimberly it’s frightening indeed! We have fewer and fewer people going to the hospital now and our government has decided to stop the lockdown marginally from May 4th and a second wave on May 18th. No restaurant or bars though, no tattoo parlors either. Just some schoolyears like seniors in high school and provided that kids wear masks and that we have few kids per class. If we have to go on public transportation, we have to wear a mask etc. Some shops will be open but with few customers etc. We’ll see what happens!

    • Kimberly

      We have an increase in cases daily, as testing becomes more widespread, and too many people here think the virus is a joke.

  21. Corina

    I’m in California, we are still under Shelter in Place but from one week to the next more and more people want to be done with it. Unfortunately we got a spike in cases in Los Angeles and probably won’t open up until it’s cleared, and the numbers go further down. I think we are going into the 7th week on Tuesday. It’s surreal.

  22. LORI CASWELL

    Our Governor extended SAFER AT HOME for a month and Friday people were protesting at the capital with no social distancing or masks and many had children with them. Just made me crazy to see those pictures. I know people have to get back to work but at what cost.

    • Kimberly

      Yes, I ventured out to food shop last week and saw an entire family shopping, touching their faces, no masks, kids sucking on cart…. and there I was with my mask, and a detailed shopping list, getting in and getting out…

  23. Anne - Books of My Heart

    I agree that we are staying home indefinitely. It will be much worse before it gets better because there is no testing and containing. We could be opening up sooner if we were like Germany who tested like mad and took it seriously right away. All these deaths because it was called a hoax and not preparing promptly.

    I don’t know what I would do without books. And our dog.

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    • Kimberly

      Agreed. I am grateful my family can work from home, but worry about those who can’t and are forced to go back, especially if they are at high risk.

  24. Mary

    While I don’t agree with opening the country up yet, I also can’t see people surviving financially if this goes on at full force for a great length of time. It is very unfortunate people are being forced to make these choices. My state continues to be pretty shut-down. A few restrictions have been lifted (such as lawn and landscaping companies can work), but there’s still a big push for distancing and no groups. I’m starting to miss little things like family grocery shopping day, but I see no reason to drag everyone out when we can send one person right now. Stay well!

    • Kimberly

      Our stores were never ordered closed, although a lot of them including the malls did so to protect their employees. Salons, dental offices etc were ordered closed because there is no way to distance. They all open tomorrow. Sadly, people here act like it’s a vacation… Lowes, Walmart and the grocery stores are jam-packed and not everyone wears facial masks.

  25. Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

    I think you are wise to remain in isolation as much as possible. Our state in Australia is planning to step back a phase in two weeks..but we have only had 80 deaths nationwide and our curve has flattened. I’m sorry your President and his cronies are so morally bankrupt.

    Stay safe and well xx

  26. Michelle@Because Reading

    NJ isn’t planning to open anytime soon. At least another month or two. My work never closed so I still have to go. I hate leaving the house but I can’t stay home. I think it’s crazy these states are opening up again. I don’t think the middle of the country has it as bad and they just don’t realize the mistake they are making. I will only go to work, home and occasionally the grocery store. (all shop at home orders are sold out)

    i have been wanting to check out Apple TV. Might have to see since I cancelled a few things.

    Also thanks so much for sharing the Can you Read a Series Challenge. We really appreciated it.

    Have a great week, Kim! Happy Reading!

    • Kimberly

      I am loving the tri-county and beyond approach you have in place…but hey I am a Jersey girl so I am not at all surprised.

  27. Lola

    That sounds scary your governor is opening a lot of businesses. I hope it goes well, but I feel for the people who have to go to work now while risking their health. It is scary when they pick money over lives. Here all the method for dealing with the virus are extended another month, but I think school might go open again mid May. I am glad to hear you had some good reads/ listens and shows to keep your mind of things a bit. Stay safe!

  28. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life

    Ugh! I am from Michigan, where people have been protesting over all things, not being able to golf or go boating! Our governor extended our stay at home but did lift some restrictions on those things. I believe there might be a connection between the two measures.. if we read between the lines. 🙁 I think you are smart by staying home despite the lifting of restrictions – we live just outside of a hotspot (Detroit) and it will be some time before we are comfortable going anywhere again I think. Stay home, stay safe! 🙂

  29. Stormi Johnson

    I think we might reopen the beginning of May but not real sure as I don’t watch the news that much…lol. I am so tired of c19 this and that so it’s not something I pay a lot of attention too. We don’t do much but go to get groceries. Hope everything goes fine with the reopening!

    Stay safe and happy reading!
    Stormi

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  30. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

    That really is scary and if where you are is like here, so many people still aren’t wearing masks or doing anything to protect themselves (or others for that matter if they’re silent carriers of the virus). Our stay-at-home order currently lasts until June 10th and I’m curious to see what our governor does. He’s actually a doctor so I’m hoping he’ll be cautious since our cases are still rising almost every day as well.

    • Kimberly

      CDC recommendation was we not relax our currents directives until mid-June. That didn’t happen, but hey we have enough ventilators so it’s all good.😳

  31. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    We’re still under stay-at-home orders here. I think on May 4 they will reevaulate again. They were hoping to open up last Wednesday, but extended the orders through the end of the month. I’ve been going to work all this time anyway, so it doesn’t feel any different to me on a daily basis. Though it’s still weird passing all the stores on my commute that are closed.

    Nice new reads! Those are all new to me ones! I hope you enjoy them all!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  32. Stacy Renee @ LazyDayLit

    It really is scary times. I feel like only the most level-headed people in Florida were bothering to stay home. So basically very few. The streets and stores were packed in March & April with everyone buying up everything they could as often as possible and they all want to go to the beach again now that our cases are skyrocketing. And our hurricane season starts soon so the hoarding (and exposure) will continue. 🙁

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  33. sjhigbee

    That sounds terrifying… I’m very relieved that we are still in lockdown for at least the next 2 weeks and the government are insistent they will be thinking very carefully about the next phase and won’t be rushing into anything as they are committed to avoiding a second peak. Stay safe, Kimberly:).

  34. bookworm

    It’ is crazy the way some care more about money than being safe. Here we are staying home until May 15th but even then I think it’s too soon to re-open. I’m grateful I have been working from home for over a month now and would rather stay home. Stay safe and enjoy your books!

    • Kimberly

      Yes, most of the employees who are working from home continue to do so. It’s the waiters, hairdressers and customer service counter people who are being called to return to work in the area.

  35. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books

    That sounds awful! We’re still in lockdown in the UK for another couple of weeks but there is the usual bunch of idiots who are screaming for the “economy to reopen”. I’d personally rather we be locked down for a little longer (even though I hate it) than rush to reopen, have a massive second wave, and be locked down again later… It’s insane the amount of people who’d rather put money before lives.

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    • Kimberly

      They’ve taken the we won’t overwhelm the hospitals stance here. IDK… I understand livelihoods are at stake but its the workers I worry about most.

  36. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    I suspect our governor will go along with those sorts of recommendations when he makes his announcement tomorrow. Our lieutenant governor already publicly stated that “There are more important things than living. And that’s saving this country for my children, and my grandchildren and saving this country for all of us.” Yeah, more important things than living.

    • Kimberly

      Oh yes, I know who your governor is. Yep, as long as the hospitals aren’t overwhelmed -economy first. It seems not many governors are following the Phase plan guidelines.

  37. Trish @ Between My Lines

    I feel so sorry for anyone forced back to work, far too soon. Restrictions still in force here, for now, but I don’t know what way they’ll be phased out. I’m very happy working safely at home, so hopefully I’ll be allowed to do so until the risk lessens a bit.

    Love the title Home before Dark, sounds so good! I must look out for that.

    Have a good week Kim.

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  38. Laura Thomas

    Money over lives. Isn’t that horrible. There is talk of opening up businesses again here. They haven’t done it yet. I’m hoping they don’t do that yet as we are one of the last states to start having cases. It seems too early for them to lift restrictions as we are still getting new cases too. Stay safe!

    • Kimberly

      I am curious how restaurants and salons are doing on the first day. I will have to check the news because I am not venturing out. Sadly, too many here feel the virus is over hyped and take their whole families to Walmart to shop or use the closed playgrounds.

  39. Harvee

    Instead of endless Mondays, think Blue Monday, I’ve been having endless Saturdays, lol. Though it doesn’t make much difference these days. Happy reading, and thanks again for hosting The Sunday Post.

  40. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I understand the economic repercussions, but are human lives more important? The push to reopen so soon is absurd. Our mayor reopened the beaches (gah!) and the governor is making overtures about reopening businesses. It’s crazy. Like you, I won’t be taking part. It’s way too soon for this.

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  41. Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

    Yeah, hair salons, nail salons and other ‘person-to-person’ services are opening on Monday here, too. But this was an edict from our federal government. Daycares open again, too, so my daughter has to go back to work…
    Schools are supposed to open on May 11th, so we’ll see.
    These are definitely scary times! I just hope that we’ll be able to contain this virus. Stay safe, Kim! Elbow hugs back <3

  42. Tressa @ Wishful Endings

    I don’t think they should open it back up, although it seems a third or more of the people in my state haven’t stayed at home anyway. When we go get school lunch for the kids there is always a more traffic than I expect for everyone staying home. I do get the money thing, but I don’t think it’s worth higher deaths. Just a tough situation all around. Enjoy your mystery show and reading!

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  43. A Voracious Reader

    While I understand the need to get people back to work, now is not the time. I hate that people are being forced to chose between their livelihood and their life. Grrrr! Our Governor has extended our stay-at-home until May 8th while they continue to monitor cases. So it’s wait and see. Let’s hope this virus curve flattens for good asap.

    • Kimberly

      We have finally updated testing and expanded beyond out of country exposure and hospitalizations. Our numbers are rising and we have several Tyson outbreaks in the state… but those community spreads have nothing to do with the plant…or so our governor claims.

  44. Maureen @ Maureen’s Books

    Ugh.. it’s such a crazy world at the moment. Here we are on lockdown till May 11th. Then schools are starting back in up shifts.. if that goes well other things will follow.
    Home Before Dark sounds fun.

  45. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    I agree that it’s too soon for a lot of that, and I’m glad you and your husband will continue to be careful. Our governor in Virginia has warned that we will be dealing with some level of social distancing for up to two years… which I had already figured out based what I have been reading in terms of the science. Essentially, until there is a vaccine or an effective treatment. (The governor is a physician, so he’s paying close attention to the science… and he believes in it.) That doesn’t mean it will be full lock-down for that long, but I don’t think we’re going to be returning to life as we knew it anytime soon. Masks in public and avoiding large crowds are going to be the new normal for a while, I think… especially for those of us in higher-risk groups. That could change if there’s a breakthrough on the treatment front, though.

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  46. Greg

    I don’t understand it either. Testing is still so far behind in this country, it boggles my mind. It’s almost like a clinic in how NOT to respond to a pandemic. Unbelievable. Our state is doing a little better I think government- wise but we have protests too- people want things opened up. Although it looks like a lot of the protests are being set up by groups and they’re not exactly spontaneous.

    Anyway take care and be well this week Kimba!!