Keep Yer Distance

In Almonte right now we are not under quarantine – not even self isolation.

No, what we are supposed to be doing is “social distancing.” I suppose it’s easier to stay at least two meters away from the next person when you live in a house in a small town. No elevators, no LRT, no Blue Jays or Senators games.

I was just thinking of some of the places I’ve been in the past – Rome Metro, Piccadilly Circus, cruise ship buffet – and tried to imagine social distancing under those circumstances. It sure would be different than in Almonte.

Mind you I have to take notice of “6 feet” markers on the floor in the pharmacy, or be careful of standing too close in a supermarket aisle.

Today is a snowy early spring day so I wouldn’t normally be going anywhere. Our back neighbors are on their way home from Lisbon but they’ll be self-isolating for 14 days, so we won’t be visiting anytime soon.

We have to remember though that COVID-19 is out there. Some experts estimate we have 4000 folks in the Ottawa area that would test positive, but not everyone will (or should) be tested.

It’s the uncertainty that kills you right now. We know our cruising days are over for a while. But is it OK to go get cat food? Ay, there’s the rub.

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