We are all desperately craving a bit of normal after the past several months of lockdown, so it comes as no surprise to see people starting to relax their behaviors.
Social distancing is not as easy as it sounds. Shaking hands and hugging friends, especially those that we haven’t seen for a while, happens almost without thinking. Thorough hand washing and sanitizing and not touching your face can quickly be forgotten. There is no question the new “norms” are difficult to continuously maintain, and it is easy to fall back into old habits… But now is not the time to drop our guard.
Everyone has worked hard for months to keep the curve of the virus low and those efforts have resulted in our ability to leave our homes, enjoy more activities, and travel more places. Now more than ever, it is important to remember that a few important things got us to Phase 3 and these practices will help to continue progress in this positive direction.
COVID-19 is not gone. Many other countries know that all too well. We have the opportunity and the ability to keep the virus levels low and enjoy our summer by living a slightly altered lifestyle. Maintaining our healthy status this summer is as simple as remembering Dr. Bonnie Henry’s rules:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Don’t touch your face
- Keep a distance from others
- If you are sick or showing symptoms: Stay home, no exceptions
And of course, as you head out to enjoy this summer, be sure to follow Dr. Henry’s other rules:
Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe.
Glenn Mandziuk, TOTA President & CEO