Most of Southwest and Central Virginia will be mask mandate free by Valentine’s Day. The notable exceptions are Roanoke City (but not the surrounding county, where I am from) and Montgomery County, where Virginia Tech is. These are also the only places in the area run by Republicans. Basically, in order to ditch the masks, you need to have a Republican governor AND Republican local leadership.
There are so many things I agree with Democrats on. However, for me, Covid restrictions trump all of them, even abortion restrictions, which are what brought me over to the Democrats in the first place. I support freedom from Covid restrictions for the same reason I support freedom from abortion restrictions.
I was reflecting today on the fact that the school ended ALL extracurricular activities and has yet to bring any of them back, except virtually. There have been zero activities for the kids organized by the school of any kind in two years. Two. Years. No sports, no music, no games, no outings or field trips. It is a very unusual weekday when I don’t get some kind of communique from the school. Today’s e-mail asked that “families please make every effort to limit social gatherings.” Good thing I’m not very social anyway, I guess.
Bri starts basketball this week, and naturally we got a Covid e-mail. An excerpt:
A prescreening checklist and waiver are mandatory for all participants.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or have contact with a person who has or is suspected to have COVID-19 you will not be allowed to participate.
If you are high risk, you may want to consider delaying participation at this time.
All participants and parent/guardians will be required to wear a mask at check-in and during the program. Participants will also need to have their temperature taken before joining the program each week.
At this time, we are not allowed to have spectators in the gym during the program. Because of COVID-19 protocols and the spike in Omicron cases, we ask that all parents watch from outside of the facility.
We have hand sanitizing stations and disinfecting wipes on-site. Staff have been trained and will be sanitizing the equipment regularly and enforcing distancing as much as possible.
Participants should come dressed ready to play and bring their own water as the water fountain has been turned off in the gym. Restrooms are open and will be available for use.
I think I hate the endless Covid e-mails almost as much as the restrictions. One of the things I love about the rhythmic gymnastics is that the coach has never once mentioned Covid to me. Maybe one time. This is probably partially because her preferred language is not English and so a lengthy e-mail like the above would not be happening. But still. It’s a breath of fresh air.
Our pediatrician also contacted us to let us know they are out of tests, and that if your child has cold symptoms, they should quarantine for 5 days and wear a mask at all times for 10. OK, whatever. Maybe just buy some tests on Amazon, but they’re basically just quoting the CDC. But I just love how they told us we should make our kid who hasn’t even tested positive for Covid wear a mask AROUND THE HOUSE for ten days straight. I mean, who are they kidding?
Once those 5 days are up AND your child is fever free for 24 hours, you should limit your child’s exposure to others and make sure they wear a well-fitting mask. After those 5 additional days of diligent mask wearing (yes even at home),
Sorry, I am not going to make my child wear a mask for every waking hour if they have not even tested positive for Covid!