- MemberModeratorJuly 15, 2020 at 5:07 am
How has the pandemic affected you personally and what was your experience of it over the past few months?
I live in New Zealand. Pretty much by the end of March our Prime Minister (in consultation with our Health Department and central Government) closed our borders and put the entire country into mandatory lockdown for one month. This was for all citizens besides those deemed as “Essential Workers”. You could leave your homes to visit supermarkets and other essential services but you could not travel too far. You could walk around outside and to get fresh air and exercise but you had to maintain strict social distancing guidelines.
Our PM and Director-General of Health provided daily briefings keeping us updated on our progress. The Prime Minister even did a Facebook live session from her home answering questions from the general public. Because of things like this, the majority of the country did as they were told and stayed home. No protests about lockdown, no tantrums over wearing masks (masks have never been a requirement here).
Once the month was up they began carefully removing the restrictions until we got to where we are now. We have what they call a “New Normal” that’s as close to what we had before as we can get to. The border is still shut to everyone but returning citizens and other exempted persons.
Our official tally was around 1500 total people who contracted the virus with 22 deaths. We currently have no people in the general public with the virus. We nearly made it to two weeks with zero active cases however as people return to the country from other places some have brought the virus with them. Everyone who enters the country goes into quarantine for 2 weeks. But social distancing is gone, limits on the numbers of people attending events has gone. Outdoor concerts have returned. I deem our strategy a success even though it didn’t come without some losses particularly jobs, the 22 lives (and those who took their own lives because of the pandemic). Some businesses have had to shut.
- MemberFanJuly 15, 2020 at 9:21 am
In Canada it was different in each province. Quebec had high numbers at the beginning followed by Ontario. Much of the country faired better, the northern territories had very few cases. In total Canada had just say of 108500 cases and 8798 deaths.
The Prime Minister and the Primiers each did daily briefings. Trudeau started doing them from the Prime Ministers house in Ottawa as his wife had been tested positive, so it follow self isolation he would do the briefings from his front step. The borders are closed to non essential travel. For a long time it was only essential travel aloud. If you had family in the US you could not even go to see them. Grocery stores started to open earlier for the elderly so that they could go when they’re read less people, but also close earlier now. Businesses limited the number of people inside, and then the public health department put a number to the type of business and size of building. Restaurants became take out and delivery only.
As things got better each province developed its own tiered reopening plan. As of this Friday coming Ontario will be entering stage 3. Stage 1 was allowing more people into businesses, and allowing more travel around the province. Stage 2 opened out door areas to the public, federal and provincial parks and campgrounds for day use only. Increased the number of people in a gathering from no more than 5 to 10. And allowed some other businesses to open, including nail salons… And then in Kingston a few salons caused an outbreak in the area, within the week we went in the area from having 61 confirmed cases from the beginning of everything and 0 active, to having 30 active cases within a week of testing. Now we are down to less than 10 and one salon is under investigation. Now that we are entering stage 3 we are going to have access to restaurants for dine in, gyms, and movie theatres. And the maximum number of people aloud inside is 50 and outside is 100. And some other restrictions have been lessened. Our border to the USA remains closed to non essential travel, but allows people to visit family on the other side. This was just extended until August 21. Masks in some jurisdictions of Ontario have been made mandatory, one had it as of June 10th, my area ss of June 27th, and since then other areas have made it mandatory. The Primier of Ontario said publically that he would not make it mandatory to wear a mask, but he left it up to the regional health department to make the call.
- MemberModeratorJuly 15, 2020 at 4:43 pm
For us here in Philly the US Has different restrictions for each state. For us masks are mandatory. Some things are slowly opening up. You still can’t eat in most restaurant’s only take out or deliver. There’s still a mandate on how many people can enter some stores. Most museums / theme parks that are opening. You have to reserve tickets/times. As well as test for a fever. Most places here still have limits on how many people can enter places. Most churches are still closed. Dr. office’s are doing mostly call/ video appointments. If you go for a dr appointment for say a eye appointment etc you have to get your fever taken before anything else. Social distance is still being advised though not everyone follows. The school district had all schools closed and everything was done via the internet. They still have yet to decide what will happen come the school terms. Getting certain household products we’re a joke getting some things are easier but most of the time you have to get them the day they are delivered at the store.
Septa (public transportation) had restored service asking only emergency personnel to use they also shut for a few weeks half of the buss and quite a few trans stations. Some not due to cov 19. Some due to rioting. As for the death toll for philadelphia not sure but confirmed cases 27,867 deaths 1646.
We are still at high risk of community transportation.
Current symptomatic cases 0
Total symptomatic cases 200* since 3/20/20
Current asymptomatic cases 24
Total asymptomatic cases 255**
**since 5/21/20(includs universal testing results)
- MemberModeratorJuly 15, 2020 at 7:14 pm
Will edit later to add to my previous post. How it has affected me ie my family. Well my father spent his 80th birthday alone. He has had no assistance from any senior agent’s as they are not sending people unless nessary. So we have been having to run over to help him. Ie appointments and having to be there almost every day. He was so independent before this but it has taken its toll on him big time. My youngest was is uni and had to do all her class over line. We have a friend who got cov and he was quarantined .He helped with his mother every day and did things for my dad as well as other older folks. Once he was given the all clear he still stayed away for a nother 3 weeks. My husband had to miss 10 days of work because they had to be tested and quarantine even if they didn’t have anything. My son hasn’t been out since a bit before this. My one nef and niece have only been out a few times and manly in their yard. My baby spent her 21st birthday stuck at home.haha
Cretching the whole time. Stores and shopping is a joke.
- MemberFanJuly 23, 2020 at 5:19 pm
Certainly jealous about New Zealand Quinton! My sister was talking about wanting to move there :). Well here in Georgia it’s a bit of a mess, I mean where else would you have a Governor suing the Mayor of it’s Capitol city for trying to keep citizens safe? My husband and I live in Downtown Atlanta and for the most part, folks respect the mask/social distancing guidelines. We’re in a small condo building and get together w/ neighbors on the roof, which has been a lovely respite through all this and we have a lovely vegetable garden up there.
Work-wise it’s just all about finding our new groove. As entrepreneurs we’re used to pivoting, it’s what small business is all about, but tourism is one of the first to get hit and one of the last to recover so challenging is an understatement ;). Thankfully, my husband is a developer and his job is stable for the time being, plus he’s had a little more time to play w/ lighting tech and 3D printing, which has been fun around the house. We started virtual tours at Atlanta Movie Tours and we keep working on those and recently we were able to figure out the best way to run small private bus tours w/ customized booking on our website, we did the 3rd one today. Still had to lay-off 67% of the staff as the main goal to try and get through this is to stop the bleed as much as possible. Our team is resilient and everyone’s still on Slack, but they predominantly are actors and tour guides, so really hoping the FPUC is extended. Kind of concerned if that’s not extended, the few people we do see traveling will stop entirely, but just speculation. We just keep working on fun new things as much as possible and hanging on :).
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