Today Austin mandated all restaurants go to take out only and outlawed gatherings of more than 10 people. We’re worried about how everyone is going to make it through this incredibly lean time. I bought some gift cards to our favorite restaurant online, and we’re looking at ordering from different places, but I don’t feel like it’ll be enough to keep everyone afloat.
Last Monday (03/09) I went into work, met people in rooms, and shook hands with one of them. (Though I did felt weird about that and went and washed my hands a few minutes later.) The Boy went to school and The Wife went to work.
By Friday seeing groups of people close together on TV shows (shaking hands, clapping shoulders, breathing each others’ air) was jarring, as if I was seeing people from a distant time engaging in strange and foreign rituals.
Today, Monday 03/16, we are all working from home. Non-essential retail stores (Apple, etc.) are closing. School will probably be cancelled for the rest of the year. I haven’t compulsively checked the news as much since 09/11. We are trying to maintain routines, and create new ones.