This week’s escape isn’t really an escape, though at times it at least provides some respite. Today, we’re taking a closer look at my own neighborhood and viewing snapshots from a Nevada community in quarantine.
This was an essential trip outside.
I needed to go outside yesterday to run some errands. Pre-pandemic, this would not have been “newsworthy”. But since Governor Steve Sisolak (D) had just issued the new “stay at home” order and extended Nevada’s COVID-19 state of emergency through April 30, it felt even more awkward just stepping outside.
Disclaimer: I only went outside to visit an essential business (as in, my bank) and engage in essential activity (as in, exercise). I have no interest in being a hypocrite. And now with that statement out of the way, let’s see how my neighborhood is handling the quarantine.
As I was walking to the nearest ATM (with plenty of hand sanitizer in my purse), I noticed some “street art” on the sidewalk. It moved me, and in more ways than one. Even before I saw #VegasStrong scrolled on the sidewalk, it was already feeling reminiscent of the first days following 1 October.
Then, I made it to the bank/ATM. This was the first time I visited the local strip mall since the state implemented the first business shutdown order. Other than the grocery store and a handful of restaurants, all the other stores were closed.
And yet, we were out in the open.
Since I already made it outside, I took a little detour. While everyone was going the distance to stay six feet apart from each other, I nonetheless felt something I haven’t felt in a while.
Even as this crisis fundamentally alters our everyday lives, here are some people in my neighborhood who are out in the neighborhood and enjoying the warm spring day. Well, it’s pretty difficult to enjoy much of anything these days. But at least, in this moment, my own private quarantine felt less private and less isolated.
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