Two more weeks.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended her “stay home, stay safe” directive until May 15, in hopes that the coronavirus pandemic lightens up.
That means not going out to bars, restaurants, movie theaters, concert halls, church as and other public places.
A lot of us our going bonkers staying home, but most of us know it’s for the best.
This pandemic won’t pass in another two weeks – we all know that. There are estimates that it could be another 15 to 18 months before this beast is under any appearance of control.
And there is a good chance that we could be in for an even worse round two once folks start going back out and socializing.
Even if the governor gives the green light for restaurants and bars to open, it’s doubtful people will rush to go out.
Scientists have yet to come up with a sure-fire cure or a vaccination.
That could be months off.
Life, as we knew it, has changed.
It will still be advisable to practice social distancing and limit your public exposure for a long time to come.
Our country’s economy will be forever changed by this. Hamtramck, too, will take a huge hit, considering the number of small, independently owned companies here in town.
Even schools are going to have to continue to cope with how to keep educating our youth without endangering their lives.
It’s distressing, to say the least, that the country is so politically divided. If ever we needed a World War II moment when people came together and pitched in for the common good, it’s now.
In the meantime, Hamtramck can help pave the way. We are a tightly-knit community, and we know how to get along with one another.
Posted May 1, 2020