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!