Have you gotten out and about in your local area? All but a few states have eased up on lockdown orders, and are allowing people to get out to restaurants and retailers in a limited capacity. For those of you who haven’t gotten out, or who might be worried about it, I thought it might help if I shared our experience.
What Happened When We Ventured Out
Where we live in Dallas, Texas, we are in Phase One of reopening. That means restaurants can operate at 25% capacity, and many retailers are open for curbside pickup.
Even Phase One was phased in, with barbershops, as well as hair and nail salons reopening a few days later. Of course, all of these reopenings were done with social distancing restrictions. Most businesses are requiring staff and customers to wear masks, utilizing disinfecting protocols, etc. (Also, lemme tell you that when hair salons 💇🏻♀️ and barbershops 💈 opened, there was an almost audible cheer that went up statewide! 🤣) Bob and I have both gotten our hair cut (and I got highlights to cover the gray 🙌🏻). In both cases, we wore masks the entire time (even in the shampoo sink), as did our stylists (BTW, Bob’s very manly barber would die if he knew I’d just called him a stylist! 😂)
We’ve also eaten out on the patio at several of our favorite restaurants including, Beck’s Prime, Bellagreen, Taco Deli, and Chicken Salad Chick. In every instance, we have felt completely safe. In fact, we’ve joked that things were probably wayyyy cleaner in those restaurants than before THE COVID! These restaurants all knew that their customers would be paying close attention to their cleanliness and social distancing protocols, and in some cases, the very future of their businesses depended on doing an exceptional job. All of them did, and we’ve felt more comfortable each time we ventured out.
Phase Two is due to begin on May 18, and at that point, restaurants can operate at 50% capacity and gyms will reopen. We still have new cases in Texas, but they are concentrated in nursing homes, meat processing facilities, and jails. Since these have nothing to do with the economy opening up, Phase Two is on schedule at this point.
Have you been out to eat, gotten your hair or nails done, or something else? How did it go for you? Leave me a comment and let me know, okay?
The Hidden Costs of Covid-19
There was a thought-provoking opinion column by Peggy Noonan in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal. It was entitled, “Americans Need Hope as Well as Safety.” In it, she made the point that the “cost” of Covid-19 in our country isn’t as clearcut as just the devastating deaths due to the disease, the enormous job losses, or even the failed businesses.
She talked about how the loss of hope brought about by the current economic contraction could have repercussions as destructive as the virus itself. When people lose hope due to job loss, income loss, and the depression brought on by the lack of opportunity, it can cause catastrophic consequences. Already in this pandemic, more than 5,000 people have called the National Domestic Violence Hotline since mid-March and cited Covid-19 as a trigger. The country has also seen a historic rise in mental health issues including depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide.
It’s a conundrum, to be sure. The piece made me think about the issues a little more broadly than I had been previously. You can read the entire article HERE.
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My Back Porch Project!
I shared last week that I was going to be shopping for our back porch! I found some great things at Wayfair! Since we’re such beach lovers, I decided to decorate with a beach theme! Here’s what I snagged!
We’re all spending so much home time, our outdoor spaces are taking on new importance! Apparently, I’m not the only one shopping for patio and outdoor items, because the sales on outdoor items are really good this weekend! Here are some that are worth your time:
- Pottery Barn (50% off outdoor event + free shipping)
- Wayfair (Up to 70% off outdoor sale)
- Target (Up to 25% off patio furniture)
- Crate & Barrel (50% off outdoor top-sellers)
Thank you for shopping with my links! It means so much to me! I’m so grateful to you for supporting Empty Nest Blessed, sharing it with your friends, and enabling me to do this job I love. 💗