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December 21, 2020

by Chris Sorrenti

Despite the promise of vaccines, or maybe because of it…people taking more chances, the number of COVID cases continues to rise across Canada.

As a result, at least here in Ontario, Premiere Ford announced today that the province (except up north) is going into a full lockdown as of Boxing Day, Saturday, the 26th, for 28 days. This includes Ottawa, although we’re currently in an orange zone, and doing much better compared to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), remaining as a red zone. Ottawa is still reporting new cases, but staying at a low level, with no one in an ICU today. A lot of this has to do with the fact that so many federal government workers are able to do so from home, meaning less travel and close contact with others.

Despite how bored I am at times, hard to believe it’s almost Christmas. I even don’t mind the repetitive X-mas commercials, as they at least take my mind off COVID-19. In any case, I did most of my Christmas groceries today, including a small 11-pound turkey, just enough for J and me. I debated getting my haircut too, in case the barber shops will be closed again, but in the end figured it could wait another month. Aside from Jason, I won’t be seeing anyone anyway. Tea with the Queen of England will just have to wait. LOL.

Speaking of England, there are reports that the Corona virus has mutated in that country, supposedly able to spread more easily, which is a chilling thought, as it seemed we were finally coming out of the woods, thanks to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Some are already saying though that the vaccines will still work on the mutation; time will tell.

Up till this afternoon, the rumor was that the lockdown would start Christmas Eve, so the powers that be in Toronto, at least showed some intelligence in their decision. Understandably, a lot of people in Ottawa, including Mayor Jim Watson, are complaining it isn’t fair. “This is how you reward us?”

Of course, zone hopping is one of the underlying reasons for the full lockdown. Ford and company stating that because Ottawa is on the border with Quebec (another red zone), they can’t take the chance of people crossing any number of bridges, and infecting eastern Ontario.

Afternoon naps have become a common practice for both Jason and me, mainly from a mental health point of view. A lot of my best creative work takes place in the morning, which can be tiring in itself. The flip side of this is that I sleep too much, only to be wide awake in the middle of the night, so again tire myself out with more reading and writing; thanks again in part to Facebook.

I keep in touch with both my brother and sister on Facebook, as they live out in Orleans, a suburb of Ottawa, but in and of itself a satellite city. I haven’t seen either of them in well over a year. The other day, I asked my brother what he’d be doing for Christmas this year. He didn’t answer my question. Hope he doesn’t do anything foolish.

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