Things started getting “real” here in Ottawa on Friday the 13th (coincidence? I think not!) when the organization that runs the national museums announced that all federally-operated museums in Ottawa (and across Canada, for that matter) were shutting down “until further notice” due to COVID-19.
Then the dominoes really started to fall.
Shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, cinemas and other establishments announced they were closing shop in an effort to protect employees and clientèle from this unseen menace.
While Danielle and I have been working from home all week, actually busier than ever, my son got a layoff notice from Landmark Theaters where he works as an usher.
Until further notice.
My daughter works at a supermarket as a deli clerk. Her job is safe, for now at least. Safe as in job security, not safe as in away from the front lines. Although we’re not thrilled with her going out like that, her employer has really stepped up the sanitizing and other measures to keep the working environment as clean and safe as possible. Since she works as a deli clerk, she’s already separated from customers by a 2m wide display case; it’s probably the safest job in there. Groceries are an essential service, and she feels pride in doing her part through these trying times.