In the United States 2.0, we have been instructed to keep a distance of six feet between each other and wear protective masks. In reality, this is against any and everything that we have been taught since birth, like working with other in teams, being in groups, engaging in social activities, and feeding off of each other’s energies to create a better tomorrow. The new normal does not preclude us from doing all such things; we just need to adopt new ways of doing the same things we have always done.
Not all people have adapted to this new way of life and some people still resort to old habits. Some examples can be seen at Lake Chabot Regional Park. Since the weather has gotten sunnier and warmer, the park is full of people walking, running, and sitting on the grass without practicing recommended and required social distancing guidelines.
Although we are in the midst of a pandemic, some people do not seem to be adapting to the new way of life and are taking risks that could be deadly. Humans are social beings and It can be very difficult to be cooped up inside on a nice day with your family. However, if we don’t take shelter-in-place and social distancing seriously, it will take longer for our community to be rid of COVID-19 and we will lose many more of our friends, family, and neighbors to this virus.
Instead of risking the spread of the virus, we should all consciously make sure that we maintain the mandated social distance of six feet when visiting Lake Chabot Regional Park or wear protective equipment such as masks and gloves. This is the best way to still enjoy the face to face interaction we all need and crave while making sure everyone remains safe.
By joining together and following recommended practices, our community will be safer, and we will hopefully get back to more normal lives and routines at a faster pace.