I have not written on this blog since last November because, other than reading, cooking, baking, eating, watching tv and the occasional trip to the grocery store, I have done nothing worth writing about. Today I took a long look at the shut downs in Ontario over the past 14 months. To be quite honest, I did this because the U.S is opening up all over and I think my American friends think that it’s crazy that we still are not getting out to do things.
This is a timeline of the past 14 months in our little place in the world.
March 17, 2020 – Premier Ford of Ontario declares state of emergency
March 17- May 4 lockdown
May 17. Gradual reopening restaurants and stores but curb side pickup only.
June10- Parks reopen with social distancing only
Summer 2020 Canada’s Wonderland never opens
July 31- restaurants open with outdoor dining and some indoor dining
September 8 -Schools reopen first time since March ( elementary only)
Late September high school reopens
October 4- schools shutdown again and go to online and at home learning
October 4- we go back to Stage 2/ restaurants and stores to curb side/ retain well ventilated restaurants allowed indoor dining
November 10- no more indoor dining
November 16- Toronto in Red Zone ( no hair salons, ETC). Our area of Vaughan not in Red Zone causing millions of shoppers to flock here to buy gifts, get hair cut. The number of Covid cases shoot up in Vaughan because of this.
November 23- second wave in Ontario…
December 25- Christmas family members in own households only
December 26- LOCKDOWN in GTA – fines in effect if caught out of area
January 12- Premier Ford declares second state of emergency
January 16, 2021- Stay at home order province wide-Fines in effect
February 8- students return to school/ stay at home order lifted for certain areas, March Break postponed until April 12-16.
Feb 10- stage 2 continues, stores closed curb side only.
April 7- present day… Third state of emergency declared and all stores, essentials only ( pharmacies/ Costco/ Walmart have to tape off areas that are not essential). Children never returned to school after the April Break.
Since March 2019, where we live in Vaughan, we have only had 13 weeks of “freedom” where we can visit our family, see friends, go into stores. 13 weeks ( staggered) out of 61 weeks! Now we are facing a summer of no CNE, possibly no Canada’s Wonderland, no major sporting events, no festivals and “limited” visits with family.
I have had my hair cut professionally twice in the past year, my husband has cut it twice and I spent the rest of the time with shaggy hair.
We have spent 2 birthdays each, 2 Easters, 1 Thanksgiving, 1 Christmas, 1 New Years, 2 Mother’s Day, 1 Fathers Day under lockdown.
We were able to get away overnight in June ( Niagara Falls) and to Blue Mountain area ( to Dorothy’s sisters gorgeous cottage) for two nights in October into between lockdowns.
We both got our first vaccine shots on April 5th and will follow up on July 5th. Our daughter in law and son have had their first shots, but daughter still waiting to be eligible ( coming this Monday). With no manufacturer of the vaccine in Canada, we have had to rely on other countries, hence the delay in getting vaccinated.
Sure, lockdown sucks, but so does sickness, ICU stays, incubation, and death. I long for the day we are all able to hug each other again, see family and friends and travel.
Staying safe and staying home,