March 21, 2020
Went to resupply food, booze and whatever else i could find today. Brought multiple pairs of gloves and have the trusty N95 from the fires last year when the skies were so full of sediment. Definitely less traffic and people out over here in Oakland. Pharmacy and groceries open and a few restaurants but most businesses along the Laurel were closed. A lot of them had signs reading Closed due to Covid-19 on their doors. One in particular had a biohazard symbol on it which was a little unnerving.
Almost everyone in the grocery was wearing gloves and most were wearing masks. So much so that the one or two people who weren’t wearing anything seemed out of place and odd. Store had plenty of produce, mostly from local organic farms. Dry goods shelves were not as bad as last week, but still running kind of bare. Also frozen food had been restocked. No toilet paper of course. A girl who worked there was sitting on one of those motorized scooter things taking a break. She was looking at the covid outbreak numbers on her phone. I recognize that web page now.
The lines last week in Safeway were long and people were a little freaked out. This was after Trumps nighttime speech and everyone was on edge because obviously he has no idea wtf he’s doing. Now with actual health people in these briefings to correct him, it’s not ideal but a little more bearable. Plus our governor seems to have this so I feel lucky to be in California.
After getting our food, I was loading the car talking to these three women about how we live in interesting times. A few cars had people in them, windows down, all listening to news about the pandemic. To get into the car I take off the gloves and jacket and put them in the back in case any little covids were hanging out on them. Then the purel and the mask off.
Once home we cleaned the packages, wiped down entry points like doorknobs, and the car and I take a long shower.
Won’t have to go out for a while. Dog walks can get us through this for now and I’ve got a gas run planned to fill up the van and some of our gas cans in a few days, just as an excuse to drive out and check the outside world. Listening to news and not seeing what’s out there makes me a little nuts, but this situation might last longer than we expected at first.
Interesting times indeed.
Curious how they are enforcing closures. Aren’t restaurant owners supposed to be SIP’ing also? I feel totally out of touch out here.
- Andie Grace
- Jonesy Jones my neighbor said his elderly mother and her friends were gathered up in the parking lot at their church and it was more than ten people and a little too close, and his mom was issued a $400 ticket by the cops. Not even kiddin’.
- Jonesy Jones
- Andie Grace wow! They are doing that, but somehow non-essential businesses are still open?
- Shelley Suggett
- Jonesy Jones I know many are open for take out only. That is allowed…if they aren’t on grub hub or door dash, or if they were not take out before, many are doing it that way
- Jonesy Jones
- Shelley Suggett ah okay! Good info.
- John Mosbaugh
- Also at some groceries they only for a couple hours in the morning and only let in people over 60 to shop. I know they’re doing that in CA and FL. The closures for restaurants allow delivery or pickup. Some people don’t have kitchens or places to prep food.
- Trudi Howe
- Thinking of all my friends and fam near and far. You two take care.
- Robert Silverman
- Oh yeah. Was there last Monday.