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How COVID-19 has impacted our daily lives

As we come to the end of summer and what for many of us is an opportunity to resume our normal community lives, it is a good time to reflect on how COVID-19 has and continues to impact us all:
1. We have become used to social distancing, living in a bubble with others, wearing face masks and lining up to take our turn to shop or wait for services;
2. We have missed out on many community events, such as the Jazz Festival, Lantern Festival, Music in the Landing, the highly anticipated return of Sea Cavalcade, and others. However, some events are being re-imagined and are proceeding on Zoom and other platforms;
3. Many public sports and other recreation activities have been stopped or curtailed and are only now beginning to resume at much reduced levels;
4. Ferry travel has become a challenge and has discouraged many visitors who in the past might have vacationed here or come over for day trips;
5. Restaurants, coffee shops, and other stores have had to reduce service levels in order to comply with provincial orders. Despite this, our local businesses have risen to the challenge and found creative ways to continue to provide services, and they are to be thanked and supported in their efforts as we continue to emphasize the need to ‘buy local’;
6. Parties, weddings, funerals and other traditional family gatherings have been reduced in size and scope in order to prevent spread of the disease;
7. Many people have been isolated, especially seniors, who are the most vulnerable group in our population;
8. Drug overdoses have increased, and in some cases, crime has also risen;
9. Our youth and children have been impacted as the school year ended with closures and is set to start up this month under new rules and procedures which we, as adults, never experienced.
As we move into fall, let’s not forget what we have learned and experienced together. We must continue to practice good hygiene, be patient and support each other. None of us asked for this, and it is only by working together that we will continue to be safe and set an example to other communities as we anticipate the second wave of COVID-19. This is also an opportunity to stock up on staples and personal protection equipment so that we are not caught short when they are needed.
Doctor Bonnie Henry recently commented, “We are entering a new phase of the pandemic, and whether we’re in the second wave or the second bump, we all need to do our part to reduce community spread of the virus.”
Whatever we have been doing has worked for our communities, so please, don’t stop now. Thank you.

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