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June 20, 2020

by Chris Sorrenti

Everyone’s exhausted, mentally and physically, from the lockdown, all knowing the country would never survive another one.

Despite advancing to Stage 2 of reopening, some parts of Ontario, including Toronto, remain in Stage 1, the curve not having flattened enough.

Aside from the human toll, especially in Seniors’ homes (the whole system has to be reorganized), casualties of other kinds are beginning to show. A yoga studio in Arnprior closed down this week, while here in Ottawa, several decades old landmark restaurants in the Byward Market, had to do the same thing. While some businesses have adapted, new ones have sprung up in response to the pandemic.

We passed the 100,000 mark in cases in Canada this past week, a good portion having thankfully survived.

Down in the States, several areas are seeing a spike in cases, a combination of first and second waves. Erratic and contradictory behavior…mixed messages on the part of President Donald Trump, aren’t making matters any easier. Personally, I’m glad the border is still closed to tourism. My apologies to the tourism industry, who have also been suffering.

For the first time in a while, I’ve begun to hear jet airliners flying overhead, some companies making face masks and temperature checks mandatory, before getting on board.

Don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about getting a haircut. It’s been over 3 months for me. Made an appointment with my local barber for next Friday. No beard trims on account of having to wear a face mask, but that’s OK, bought myself a beard trimmer for Christmas last year. As the ol’ saying goes...practice makes perfect.

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