67 weeks ... the coffee klatch begins to regather
Monday, June 14, 2021
For the first time in 67 weeks, DH's coffee klatch group has begun to reassemble.
It's been a tough one.
Personally, I'm wondering what they'll learn as they begin to reconnect after having been physically separated for so long.
This week, we expect that some of the establishments that have kept their dinining areas closed will begin to reopen them. Indoor dining has been allowed in our county for sometime. However, many establishments have chosen to keep their dining areas shuttered. Many of them have survived the pandemic with drive-thru and curbside pick-up.
The area in which we reside is what I describe as a "bedroom community". Most folks commute to work each day and actually spend very little time in the community in which they live other than to sleep and scramble around on the weekend taking care of everything that couldn't be addressed during the week while they worked. The pandemic has changed that for so many!
Many of the restaurants here in town have actually fared far better during the pandemic. Folks are working from home. Many continued to order food for take-out. Many of the restaurants here already had established take-out areas set aside in their restaurants. So, it was not necessary for them to re-create the wheel. They simply pivoted: directing more energy and attention to take-out and some of them established/expanded outdoor dining areas that will likely remain permanent,
I know my husband will be overjoyed to see the friend he's not seen in SO LONG. Prior to the pandemic, these guys started every morning together. It's been hard on them.
This morning they opted to meet someplace other than their pre-pandemic locale because its dining area remains shuttered. DH spoke to someone at that establishment over the weekend and asked when they'd be reopening their doors. Their response: sometime this week.
Tomorrow, the State of California will open the *barn doors* and restrictions will be dramatically reduced.
Like the cicadas, foks are re-emerging ...