The COVID-19 pandemic is a hot topic of conversation right now, quite understandably. After spending weeks in isolation, the re-opening of select businesses, in Ontario, anyways, likely has a lot of us questioning what ‘normal’ will look like after such a lengthy abnormal situation.
For the businesses that have been given the green light to open their doors to the public once more, a lot of changes have been implemented for the safety and health of all of us. Social distancing is mandatory almost anywhere we go these days, and I have suspicions that this new practice will become relatively normal, if not permanent, in the near future.
Some of us are hesitant for things to go back to the way they were in terms of public activities and large businesses, and honestly, I can’t say I blame anyone who is feeling this way. The coronavirus has instilled significant fear and hesitation in many of us, and I believe this fear will continue to exist and be perpetuated long after this virus makes it royal exit.
I think a lot of us are worried that things will never return to what we believe to be normal, and as reluctant as I am to support this sentiment, I think it may be a harsh reality we are going to have to face. This entire situation is unlike one most of us have ever experienced, therefore the long term repercussions of it will like linger for longer than we would like.
I truly have zero knowledge of whether or not things will return to ‘normal’ after this pandemic begins to diminish, but I do know that it is ultimately up to all of us to determine how we will handle and react to potential permanent changes. We are all in this together, and we will handle whatever the future holds together, too.