…I had a few things that needed doing and it seemed like delaying would only make the risk greater. So, today, I went to town. I went alone.
The 11:00 am ferry off the near island is usually one of the busiest. There were less than a dozen cars today. I first went to the bank. The ATM. Sitting in front was a pudgy, older woman with a hand-held sign saying ‘STOP’. On her lap was a small explanatory statement saying the obvious. By then, I was already wearing a mask and rubber gloves. She waved me through. I was alone there. Two machines. Halfway through, some guy arrived to use the second ATM. I noticed that two people side-by-side at ATMs are NOT six feet apart. He did not have a mask. He did not have gloves. When I left, I wiped the keyboard with an alcohol wipe. A woman waiting said thank you as I left. She did NOT have a mask or gloves either.
I then went to a store to get rice (for my world famous sushi – emphasis on ‘my world’) and the two people in the store are Japanese. No masks. No gloves for the cashier. “Hey, you two. I’ve been in Asia. Typically you would be wearing a mask. No?”
“We cannot find any. We would but we there are none.”
“We’ll be making some. I’ll send you a few.”
Then to the liquor store. It was there I saw the first OTHER person wearing a mask and gloves. He was old. At least my age. We nodded. The staff were good and I went to the car with one of them helping to carry. “Hey, man. Not my business but I am wearing a mask because I am in contact with old folks many of whom have compromised immune systems. I am guessing you have more than a few customers who are the same. Shouldn’t you have a mask?”
“Yep. They are coming this afternoon. Tomorrow at the latest. We are all sweating it out in the meantime.”
Bottom line: one person (other than me) with a mask. The BC Liquor store WITHOUT masks. No one but me with gloves. Everyone indicating that they were aware but – all but one – doing nothing about it. Are they stupid? No. Just playing the hand they were dealt. I get it.
But, if the disease endures, you do NOT have to wonder why.