Today Massachusetts began its reopening process, which consists of four phases. Each phase allegedly is to last a minimum of three weeks. Of course to the inpatient assholes, that means one day.
Phase 1 is labeled “Start”. Okay, so we’ll start.
One contradiction right away I see is gatherings of less than ten people. Define gatherings. If I get nine of my friends together for a party, is that okay? Yet churches are allowed to open (with guidelines and outdoor services are encouraged). Since the plan does not specifically say that churches can have more than ten people present at one time, how are places of worship planning to run their shows? Hold a mass every half hour on the hour? For ten people? Preferably outside, even if you don’t have space for an outside mass, like so many city churches. And God help you if it rains, if it’s 90 degrees outside and if these guidelines continue into the cooler months. Anytime after Labor Day you have no idea what the weather will be like. Especially in New England.
Which brings me to the restaurants. And I’m just talking eateries in general, in any state. I’m all for getting your food businesses back up and running. We’ve been supporting our local pizzeria weekly throughout this pandemic. They’ve actually been doing better than they usually do. Personally my family and I went out to eat maybe once a month pre-coronavirus. And that was usually because we had just gone to see a movie. Which again won’t be happening until maybe Phase 3. If then. We won’t be rushing out to any sit-down restaurant any time soon, but will probably just keep supporting our local take-out pizzeria. I do have to give kudos to a lot of the restaurants for their creativity. Mannequins at empty tables? Potted plants? Curtains? Hey, if it works, go for it.
Then there’s the ones offering outdoor seating only. Again that’s great as long as it’s not raining, isn’t in the middle of a heat wave and you’d better pray things are way better before the cooler months hit. Because if you’re not able to sit anyone inside by late September, you may as well close up shop after Labor Day.
I’m not trying to be a party pooper. I think it’s great our state has finally reopened. And I’m glad they’re doing it slowly. I think that’s the right way to go. I just think they need some clarification on their phases, that’s all. Because inquiring minds want to know. I’d also love to know what the plan is for school for the 2020-2021 season. But I’ll patiently wait for the details because I know it’s early.
As for myself, I’m not going anywhere. Until these phases pass.