End of October 2020
Premier Ford thought he had it all figured out. By closing restaurants, gyms and cinemas, surely the number of positive cases of COVID would decrease. Well, for the first time since the pandemic hit, the Province has reached over a thousand positive cases. Numbers not seen in Ontario since the Virus came to the forefront in March. You may ask, what’s next? Well the idea of closing restaurants and gyms did not get the required results that the government was looking for. Do we move from Stage 3 in certain areas back to Stage 2 where Toronto currently sits? That answer should be a resounding NO! It’s obvious that whatever steps the province has taken to slow the spread of the virus has not worked, in fact it has done the exact opposite.
With Stage 2 playing itself out in Toronto, Peel and York Regions for the required 28 days, what can the Premier do next? Only he knows for sure but whatever steps he has taken to slow the spread of the virus is not working. He is killing the economy. Restaurant owners, if things continue the way they are, are living on borrowed time. How can they survive the winter when no one will be sitting outside in heated tents on sidewalks. Hollywood industry is dying a slow death. Movies that were released nationwide in Cinemas, are no longer happening. The industry is delaying all the release of movies until they have better control of the virus. Most movie releases these days are moving to the streaming services headed by Netflix, Amazon and Apple.
It’s time we gave people the choice to live their lives as they seem fit.
Who am I to make suggestions what the Premier should do? If I was running the Province, I would open the city up completely and let people make their choices as to how they live their lives. Let them chose where to eat their dinner, what movie theatre they want to see the newest blockbuster release. If they want to go to a gym to work out, go ahead. You want to play ice hockey, go ahead. Let it be your choice. Whatever has been done in the past is not working.
People deserve the right to freedom of choice. Sitting at home for months on end, is not healthy. Depression is setting in. The number of documented divorce cases are skyrocketing. Married couples did not get married to spend 24 hours a day with each other. It’s just not healthy.
The one caveat, without exception, if this were to happen, is that all businesses must adhere to all cleaning protocols down to the last detail. I would hire more health inspectors to make sure all the health protocols are being followed by retailers.. Any business that doesn’t follow the rules, will be closed for a minimum of one month until they are deemed safe to open. A second offense, closed for good. No if ands or buts! Until a vaccine is in place, there should be no second chances.
The line ups are long at most testing centers. People have to set aside a full day just to get tested and wait sometimes days to get results. Better yet, you can now go to your neighborhood drug store for a test and pay $180.00 for the right to have someone put a swab up your nose.
Would you pay $180 for a test at a private clinic or pay nothing at a medical facility. I guess that explains why the line ups are long. With fall ending and winter around the corner, the common cold and flu season will be front and centre. Will people be able to tell the difference between either of these or the potential of possibility being COVID-19 positive? The answer to that is no and long lineups will continue in the foreseeable future with no end in sight.
There must be a better way! What that is, no one knows for sure!
The sports world is at the mercy of COVID-19 as well. With Hockey and Basketball already finished after shorten seasons and with Soccer and Baseball just ending as well, only NFL football will be the last sport standing. With the scheduled end date in early February, we have no idea if it will end on time or even end at all. For that matter we don’t even know when these sports leagues will be able to start their next seasons.
With the U.S. Presidential election scheduled for early November, hopefully people will come to their senses and vote for anybody but Trump. I initially liked him when he came into office but he just can’t keep his mouth shut. He is a racist, White supremacy leader. All lives don’t matter to him. It’s either the upper class or no class at all. Although Biden is not the ideal choice to run the country, he certainly can’t be any worse than Trump. The country will speak and be heard in the next two weeks.
Everyone and everything is at the mercy of this Pandemic. Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep to your own social bubbles!
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