The perplexities of covid restrictions in Toronto (with pictures)

Look. I’m fatigued by the subject like most of us are, but I came across a few new tidbits worth sharing now that kids’ activities have opened up.

For instance, arrows.

Many of us were familiar with arrows taped or painted on floors in public spaces such as grocery stores, big box stores and even little stores.

I will admit I made a semi-conscious effort to follow the arrows but at one grocery store the arrows went counter to the way I shop which meant I had to either follow the arrows and backtrack one aisle each time or ignore the arrows.

Anyway my daughter started her ringette practices at the rink last weekend and lo, there were arrows in the arena.

Funny thing is the arrows lead toward the dressing rooms which the girls are not allowed to use.

My son’s hockey protocols are slightly different, I’ve been told. They should arrive as dressed as possible in their equipment but if that’s not possible, they can use the dressing rooms 7 at a time. With masks on until the very moment they put their helmets on.

I imagine the 16 year old giants would not fit into the car or the seatbelts with their equipment on their bodies… Especially not the goalies..

In Canada, kids up to age 16, and with our leagues beyond that age, are required full caged helmets, so they do remove masks while on the ice.

This is my daughter’s ringette helmet. The hockey helmets have black cages with different shaped holes.

Back to the arrows. Did anyone ever follow those? Do they now, two years into the global pandemic? Do they make a difference in terms of stopping the spread of communicable diseases?

Don’t answer, these are rhetorical (and annoying) questions.

There is a contact tracing binder at the entrance of the arena which coach asked us to fill out.

The binder is unmanned. This raises so many questions…

Also, the new law to show proof of vaccination takes effect on September 22 required for entry into any indoor establishment; how will they monitor this?

As far as I know there is no standard method of showing proof. There is talk of an app but some of the older folk don’t carry smartphones with them, nor can you force people to carry phones with them (even though most of us do). In addition, depending on who vaccinated you the receipts look different for everybody. How will these Vaccination Bouncers determine whether your receipt or information in the app is accurate or fraudulent?

Other perplexities I observed in the restroom at the rink.

Um… I’m speech- and wordless. It makes no sense to me at all.

There are positive, or let’s call them improved circumstances about these new normals. I appreciate the effort of the staff for keeping things clean and do my part to wipe up after myself, say after handwashing. But I did that before the pandemic.

I acknowledge the staff who has to clean more than before as well, with voice and eye-contact. Again, it’s something I did before but I recognized they are asked to do more now, and more often, than before covid.

I also like the implied order we are subjected to now. I find the arrows and multiple signage overkill but appreciate that we no longer have to deal with excessive crowding. Never been a fan of crowds to begin with, although a sense of community has been lost since all the fear-mongering began.

I also like the outdoor dining opportunities, given how difficult, and expensive it was before to get permits to expand patios onto sidewalks. Now it’s a given and it makes it very pleasant to stroll around the shops today and be able to sit outside and sip a beverage at pretty much any location of your choice.

How this will impact us during the colder winter months remains to be seen but I bet there are some innovative ideas brewing already.

Some final images. Thank you for reading!

24 thoughts on “The perplexities of covid restrictions in Toronto (with pictures)

  1. When will the idiocy stop? Taping arrows to the floor to “herd sheeple” through one-way traffic in grocery stores accomplishes what? Ever try to buy produce at Fortinos during the Pandemic? Social Distancing is a myth where I live (Toronto).

    I’ve printed hard copies of my two vaccination confirmations (government-issued) and saved both on my phone … that should do the trick whenever asked, except last Sunday when I wasn’t asked by an establishment that insisted proof is required prior to entering the premises (on their website).

    Mr. Trudeau should be ushering in a Vaccine Passport any day, which will accomplish nothing …

    As far as businesses keeping washrooms clean and sanitized, did it actually take a Pandemic for many places to maintain such modest standards?

    Also, Vaccines are cool.

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  2. I drew my line at the arrows in the grocery store. I intentionally didn’t follow those arrows. Even right now, I feel myself getting angry about it lol

    Anywho, if they did the whole US Open by mandating vax status, I think your rink will be fine 😉

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  3. I agree with Ashley about the bathroom, but then I find that I agree with her a lot.

    It’s easy for us to show proof. We all get cards from the CDC. I have a picture of mine in my phone. I just wish more places required them. We’re getting there though.

    The arrows bug me. The stickers that are 6 feet apart, or 2 meters for you guys I guess, are helpful for crowd control, but I think people have gotten the point by now. We stand away from other people. Which is my preference anyway.

    I think we’re ALL accepting that we’re gonna be dealing with the dang KOOTIE from now on, and want to get on with our lives, even if we can’t use the middle sink😂😂😂

    Thanks for including the Zamboni picture! Gotta love the zamboni😆🥰

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  4. I wonder if the arrows will stay in place for years because no one bothers to remove them.

    The sink thing I can understand, but given that toilet stalls already have dividers, that seems rather nonsensical.

    BC has introduced a vaccine passport system involving QR codes. You can get the code on your phone, or you can print it out, and there’s an app that businesses can use to scan it.

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  5. While I used to follow the arrow directions when we had them in stores I never quite understood the logic. If I walk into the spray of a sneeze from a person coming towards me is it really worse than walking into the spray from a person who sneezed in front of me?
    🤷‍♀️

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  6. I forget sometimes that other parts of the the world, even our neighbors to the north, are still in phases of managing this disease that the US has already moved through. The restroom photo is a winner for sure. I can only say stay flexible because policies and procedures will likely change on a dime. Me, I just stay home but that’s pretty easy given I have no one else to be responsible for.

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    1. I see the news coming in from other parts of the world, or even just across the continent… We’re all in different stages and handling it differently. Frankly, I think the time has come to focus on how to live with this safely and communicate those methods with common sense but I’m not sure if this is going to happen. Plus we’re in a federal election… Blah.

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