Today I was going to write about efforts to stay busy and doing crafts and getting out for walks as I am in self isolation and broadcasting from home.
But things just took a turn as I watched Premier Doug Ford announced mandatory closure of non-essential businesses so we can get ahead of this virus and beat this virus. The closures will be effective as of 11:59 pm Tuesday, March 24th. Wow. So what’s an essential service? Banks? Beer and liquor stores? What about walk-in clinics? The premier says he will release a list Tuesday of those businesses will remain open.
The Premier also says the kids will NOT be back in schools on April 6th as planned.
What we’ve been hearing from many reliable sources is self-isolation and social distancing are the key to flat-lining this. So if you come back from a trip, you do not go to the grocery store, you do not go to get wine, you do not get gas, you go right home and self-isolate. And so far many travelers are NOT TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY. Arrange for someone to shop for you and drop it off at your door.
Social distancing, and this is a big one, is a must. Here’s some guidelines on that from Public Health Sudbury and District.
Why is social distancing important
When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the novel coronavirus, if the person coughing has the disease (COVID-19) (WHO, 2019). COVID-19 can also be spread via direct contact with surfaces that are potentially contaminated with the virus. Practicing social distancing slows the spread! A reminder that social distancing applies to everyone. Let’s all do our part to protect our health care system and vulnerable populations. Stay healthy. Stop the spread. Flatten the curve.

How to practice social distancing
Avoid crowded spaces and stay two metres apart from others when you will be in public areas.

Avoid shopping at peak hours.
Keep up-to-date with current closures.
Avoid physical contact with others (for example, no handshakes).
Ask your employer about options to work from home, if possible. If you have meetings planned, conduct them virtually instead of in person.
When spending time outside, maintain a two-metre (6 feet) of distance from each other.

I know this is long but it’s so important to take these actions to protect your families and friends.

Just to brighten things up, I’m going through my craft supplies and doing a few little projects to take my mind off things. The Easter House isn’t quite done but I’ll post a new picture when it is.

I’m doing some crafty stuff to keep my mind positive.

Wash your hands!


Filed under: COVID19, self-isolation, social distancing