I don’t know why the ongoing Covid restrictions make me so crazy. Their impact is not that great. I think it’s just that I KNOW that half the people in this country are living their lives as normal, while in Washington, that’s still far from the case. Ongoing restrictions, large and small. Mostly small, but seriously annoying in many cases:
- Capacity, indoors and out, is generally restricted to 50%. As an example, since highs here are generally in the 50s or 60s, I wanted to let Bri sit in the hot tub for a few minutes after swim. She is often so cold she cannot even put on her own sandals. But the hot tub is not large enough for the post-swim demand with the 50% restriction, so they’ve closed it completely at that time. My solution is to no longer have Bri attend swim unless the high is at least 65. I’m not sure it was that warm on any day this week, though I’m hoping it’ll get warmer soon.
- 2/3 of local libraries are closed. Our nearest library that is open is a 30 minute drive away. Libraries are only open one hour at a time, followed by an hour being completely closed for cleaning. Typically, the few that are open are open only three or four hours a day. What exactly are they cleaning? And why are they still quarantining books? Because of the 72 hour book quarantine requirement, our local library, which is never open for entry, only accepts books returns during very limited hours. (That enables them to ensure the full quarantine period for the books.)
- I could not pick up my daughter’s glasses without setting up an appointment in advance so they could insure that my 2 minute entry to pick up the glasses (which I’d already paid for – literally just needed someone to hand me the bag) would not push the optometrist over their 50% capacity limit.
- Masks are still required in most locations, including outdoors. For example, masks are required at the pool, and based on e-mails from the pool, will be required all summer to “protect the children.” Never mind that in most cases, the children are in the pool, not wearing masks, obvs, while the adults are all on the pool deck waiting for swim lessons or swim team or whatever to finish. I’m not sure what magic powder they’ve put in the pool to make it safe for the kids to be mask-free, but it must be pretty special! More than 85% of adults in my area have had at least one shot, and 70% are fully vaccinated. And we’re OUTDOORS.
- King County, where I live, still requires masks at pretty much all times, except when running or cycling alone, or for SMALL private gatherings at which 100% of people are fully vaccinated. Needless to say, if you were to enter, say, a grocery store without a mask, you’d be shot dead on the spot. Or surrounded by taunting shoppers who believe you’re a pro-Trump, anti-vax, Covomaniac.
- If any member of our family leaves the state for any reason (say to visit my MIL, who’s dealing with serious health issues), our kids have to miss the next two weeks of school. To comply with state guidelines (which we would merrily ignore), our entire family would need to get tested for Covid and quarantine for seven days – no grocery shopping, no running, no contact with other humans of any kind. Or for ten days if we didn’t get tested. That’s even if we set foot in Oregon or Idaho. Insane! This is true even for Jonathan and I, who are fully vaccinated. We still have a month of school left, and Jonathan is obligated to spend a certain number of weeks in California every year for work. As it stands now, those are all going to have to happen in the summer.
The local newspapers take?
This isn’t normal. Not yet. It is the necessary middle step to get to that long-awaited destination, though. Mask up and be patient. Every vaccination brings the end of the pandemic closer.
OoooKaaaay. Last time I checked, vaccination worked. Either open up now, or mandate vaccination. One or the other. And if 85% vaccination isn’t sufficient, what the heck is?