For my state, I just don’t believe Texas is in the mood for lockdowns again no matter how high “cases” might get. Certainly politicians here (with a few exceptions of Big City Mayors) have no desire to do them again.sophie wrote: ↑Sat Apr 24, 2021 8:22 amUnfortunately that's not the case....
COVID cases in NY (real cases, not "positive tests") are now minimal, and have been for quite some time. And, most older adults who want to be vaccinated have been. But, many of my neighbors are still terrified of human contact, and are voluntary still in lockdown. I went and knocked on a neighbor's door the other day to borrow something. I used to spend a lot of time with them, but this is the first time we've managed to talk face to face for a year. I could tell she was uncomfortable so I kept that magical 6 foot distance. Even though we've both been vaccinated. What will make her willing to, say, have dinner or a beer together like we used to, I have no idea. And believe me, she is not atypical.
I have seen lots of places here take down their mask signs or alter them to “city recommends” and in those places its about 50/50 if people are wearing them. I see lots of people in businesses now either not wearing a mask or only putting it on when a customer comes up. Also, it has been several months since people obviously backed away from me to keep social distance when we had to interact. And i no longer see cashiers using hand sanitizer after every credit card they touch! That uber-hysteria seems to be over.
For people like Sophie’s neighbor, are they really preparing to spend the rest of their lives hidden away? Have they thought it through as to the quality of life they are losing each day they self-quarantine for years on end?