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  1. 23 hours ago, turnin' two said:

    Ok.  So much for following the data though.  Illinois has the 4th highest death total, and there are only 13 countries (not counting the US) that have more deaths than Illinois.  But I guess that is just me.

    Just to add to what everyone else has pointed out, here's a simple one: Illinois was the first state, and is still one of only a few states, that have met the CDC guidelines for doing any kind of re-opening. That covers all the metrics that matter - infection rates and trends, deaths, hospitalizations, ICU capacity, and ventilator capacity. After a huge early surge that hit the large cities hardest for obvious reasons, Illinois has done arguably a better job than any other state. To say otherwise is just denying reality. You can nitpick specific things JB and the state has done or not done for sure, and nothing is perfect, but Illinois has clearly outperformed just about every other state if not all of them in response to the pandemic.

    And this is coming from someone who did not want JB as our governor.

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  2. 20 hours ago, southsider2k5 said:

    For the record, rentals on this side of the lake are crazy expensive, if you can find them at all.

    Yeah I was thinking more small lake, not necessarily on Lake Michigan. I am seeing a number of little places on AirBnB that seem good, on the water, in Wisco and Michigan. Prices are similar to or less than the hotel per-night costs from what would have been our Utah trip, and we get an entire house.

    10 hours ago, Balta1701 said:

    Looks like I wasn’t wrong on the possibility of mandatory travel quarantines.

    Yes that was another possible risk, and sure enough Utah and Nevada are on Chicago's list. That said we don't live in the city. Still though, it tells you something. And I am much less concerned about that if we are in our own car just a few hours away in a nearby state, even if we do need to get back quickly.


  3. After some consideration with the wife, we aren't going on that trip to Utah I mentioned earlier. I think we could do a lot to mitigate some of the risks, but the reality is the plane ride is just too much, plus we have no idea how crowded certain places will be and won't have a lot of choices if they are.

    Probably going to rent a house or cabin on the water for that week instead (probably Wisconsin or Michigan), stay mostly in the house except going out to canoe, fish, swim, hike, bike, etc. Get groceries, pick up food, maybe eat out just a few times when it's outside dining. Way less risk, still a week of fun for the kiddies and some time to relax. Also likely a much cheaper trip, so bonus there.

    Still really want to do Zion, Bryce, etc., they will just have to wait.

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  4. 1 hour ago, StrangeSox said:

    We stayed at the lodge our first time as well.

    You can drive into the lodge. The canyon road continues another several miles past that point and is shuttle/bike/walk only. The Narrows is at the very end. 

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    Since a lot of the hikes are out-and-back's, you can start early and have relative isolation for your way out, but you'll be crossing a lot of people who got later starts on your way back down. We did Observation Point after chickening out on Angels Landing from the point all the pictures of it are taken (combo of crowds + heights), and were nearly alone on our way up. On our way back down, maybe 11am or so, lots of people making their way up. This is just general heads up/warning to set expectations for the park even in "normal" times. If you do go ahead with the trip, we really liked the Falcon Guides Hiking Zion & Bryce Canyon guide book.

    I wonder what the crowds are looking like there right now. Looking at NPS's latest stats, Zion is the 4th most popular park in normal years. How many are staying away due to the virus? Lots. How many might be heading there because they want *something* to do, and this is outdoors and a doable drive from LA or Phoenix? I wonder.

    I hear you on the idea of roadtripping form Chicago. There's a whole lot of boring flatness before you get anywhere interesting in any direction.

    OK, I hadn't done my detailed route mapping yet so I didn't realize the road past the lodge was walk/bike/shuttle only. Good to know - another reason to start early! And good call on the hiker's guidebooks - I had done more of the online research but will probably order a book too. I know we plan to do the Narrows, and not do Angel's Landing, and Wall Street in Bryce. Other than that we don't have specific routes picked yet but we WILL have layers of backup plans in case of crowds.

    I am awaiting word from AA and UAL, who both supposedly will text me if the flights become more than 70% full. As for Zion, I have a feeling they won't be as crowded as normal since I looked the other day and saw there were still lots of rooms available in the park lodge at the time we are visiting. Usually lodges at the heart of popular parks like this, if you don't reserve a year in advance, good luck finding anything. But we shall see.

    Thanks for the info.


  5. On 6/27/2020 at 5:58 PM, Balta1701 said:

    How high risk are you?

    Do you have good health insurance if you do get it? 

    What airline?

    Are you ok with a lot of the park features being closed or unavailable? Like even the basic ones like visitor centers and guest shops?

    When you get back, can you do a 7 day quarantine before heading back to school/work? Stay away from grandparents, etc.? No runs to the grocery store for something, no housekeepers, no friends over, nothing where you might pass it on and create a chain if someone gets it and is asymptomatic?

    We just had an article today in the local paper about how Big Bend National Park has created an outbreak in the small rural community around it, even with the visitor center being closed, just from people driving in wanting to drive through the park when it's 115 degrees. If it were me I wouldn't go, but that's because I'm about to lose my health insurance and I'm in a high risk group medically for more than 1 reason. Take those issues away for you and maybe you can decide differently.

    No special risks for any of us that are mentioned around COVID, unless you count me being 47 as "old". Yes we have good health insurance. Airlines are American one way, United the other way.

    None of the park features we care about - the outside ones - are closed. We don't care a whole lot about the Visitors' Center, but that is open at least for Zion anyway if we did want to.

    7-day quarantine should be a non-issue, we get back in time to have about that long (actually 8 days) before kids' school starts. Might need to get some groceries delivered.

     

    On 6/27/2020 at 8:41 PM, StrangeSox said:

    Something to keep in mind about Zion is that it's one of the busiest parks and you have to rely heavily on the park shuttles to get around unless you're on bikes. Pretty much any trail is going to be crowded by 9 unless you're way out in the back country. Springdale will likely be packed, too.

     

    E: looks like shuttles restart on July 1st and require advanced reservation. They'll probably be limiting the number of passengers if I had to guess, which could me long wait times for an available one.

     

    Bryce is also really just one big drive with lots of stops of scenic viewpoints. There are some trails but not a ton, and it'll be pretty crowded probably. At least it was in early June when were there a few years ago. Now that I think of it though, there probably won't be as many tour company buses of international tourists.

     

    I wouldn't go, but I'm at let's say an 8/10 on precautionary scale for this thing right now.

    We are actually staying at the Zion Lodge within the park, so we are one of the lucky few that gets to drive on the interior roads (the pass comes with the stay). We can avoid the shuttle which is preferable due to the virus. And we tend to start our hikes early. Also, we are NOT doing Angel's Landing, which is the one that would scare me as far as forcing close contact.

    I think these places will have some crowds, but nothing like a usual year. That said, we will take all the recommended precautions of course.

     

    On 6/27/2020 at 9:26 PM, greg775 said:

    Zion is life-changing. I've been there. It's so peaceful at night. Hope you are staying in one of their lodges. As far as the trip ... tough call. I'd get out of the MGM now. First of all it'll take forever to check in that huge monstrocity. I always like to stay somewhere like Monte Carlo where check in is in the back by the parking and right where the cabs let you out. Since you are probably flying SWA I'd wait until 10 days out and see how Vegas and Utah are doing with the virus. The flights? I would think obviously planes are an awful place for a person to be with the virus prevalent. However, I bet it's also one of the best places in terms of it getting scrubbed down beautifully. Also mom and dad can sit next to each other in the same row with one child on the aisle and the other in another row. At least right next to you will be safe.

    Personally I think I'd scrap the trip this year because of the flights and being in Vegas and the fact 2020 is the year from hell. But I also think if you go you might return COVID-free. If you go let us know if Zion is still awesome. Be careful on the trails. There were a couple spots one slip would mean plunging way far down than you want to plunge.

    p.s. Like somebody said, if it's hard to get a shuttle and different gift shops are closed ... might be best to just scrap this year's trip and go some other time. I really don't want to go in the hospital two weeks and possibly die or have my lungs ruined forever. Best wishes to everybody as we try to avoid COVID.

    The flights seem scary to me too, but the more I read, the more I get the impression that maybe I have my priority for scariness wrong. Close quarters, but very little talking or singing or whatever and the air is recycled pretty quickly - more so than on trains or buses for example. It's really about how crowded it is (right now the flights both appear to be less than half full, one of them barely a quarter) and whether or not people are masking up (UAL and AA supposedly are cracking down on this now).

    More and more I think you might be right about the Vegas hotel. Walking around the MGM Grand seems like it could be the highest risk thing, and we can change that without losing our trip potentially. Starting to lean that way now.

    I am sure Zion is still awesome. Myself, my wife, and even our girls are already pretty experienced hikers.

     

    16 hours ago, StrangeSox said:

     if you do go either now or in the future, you could mirror the second trip we took to Zion last spring where we day a (long) day trip from Las Vegas to Death Valley. Incredible place. I'd say Bryce could be a day at most unless you want to go out to Dixie national forest or something.

    Like Greg said, Zion is an incredible place. The Narrows is the best hike we've ever done. And it hurts to lose a year. Your kids will never be 8 and 11 again (ours will never be their ages). But Zion will still be there next year. At the least, like you said, keep an eye on infection rates both here and in Nevada and Utah. If you could take an extra couple of days and make a road trip out of it, that might really reduce some risk.

    Definitely plan to do The Narrows.

    We are considering moving out of Vegas for that last night (easily changed, possibly highest risk thing). I am not sure making a road trip out of it really helps though - that's like 22 hours of driving from Chicago, we would need to stop for sleep at least once and a bunch of times for food, gas, etc., so I am not sure that really reduces the risk meaningfully. But it is something we've considered.

     


  6. So, we (myself, wife, 11 year old, 8 year old) still have all our flight, hotel and car reservations for our summer vacation. 6 days or so seeing the parks and monuments in Southern Utah (Zion, Bryce, Grand Staircase, etc.). Flying in and out of Vegas. Early August.

    Having a hard time deciding whether to go or not. I'm not overly concerned about our time in the parks, which is most of the trip (as long as we avoid Angel's Landing). And we can manage the hotel rooms and rental car with a major wipe-down upon arrival, then they should be fine after that. Can eat at places outside where possible, keep social distance, etc. I am keeping an eye on the stats for Southern Utah for infections - they have been staying pretty low, almost as low as Illinois in rate, though a slight uptick lately.

    My big scaries are the plane ride (4 hours each way), and on our last night we are supposed to stay at the MGM Grand in Vegas which also scares me. We could always cancel the Vegas hotel and get a place outside of town somewhere for that night I suppose, in some smaller town or whatever, since our return flight isn't early. But the flight is what it is and I can't control how full it is, or whether or not people will mask up (airlines are starting to get stricter on that which is good). We will probably make our decision in mid-late July. Good news is we can get full credit for the flights still, and should still be able to get most if not all our hotel deposits back.

    What would y'all do?

     


  7. 3 hours ago, Balta1701 said:

    You're going to have to limit some of that travel otherwise i guarantee we're going to ship it right back to you.

    Yeah, this is what worries me as an Illinois Resident. A lot of people travel in and out of Chicago, even when air traffic is severely depressed. And some nearby states with shared Metro areas (Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana) have shown a poor record of handling things. Some bleed-in is inevitable - I just hope it isn't terribly bad.

    Again, while not perfect, if most of the country literally just wore masks, avoided indoor congregations with close quarters, and kept some social distance, we could be in a MUCH better place. A combination of ignorance and selfishness is what is killing people at this point more than anything else.

     

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  8. 23 hours ago, caulfield12 said:

    This is not at all what South Korea, Thailand, Germany, Australia or New Zealand did.

    Even Vietnam, HK and Taiwan provided far more freedoms than here in mainland China.

    This is almost like jerksticks’ “well, we don’t or can’t be 100% sure about anything so let’s just throw our hands up and trudge right through the unknown” line of thinking.   It doesn’t have to be one extreme or the other...except for the fact that the lack of a coordinated, consensus-driven Federal response has put us in this position.  Even the UK was able to course correct and largely overcome initial missteps.  Why would it be surprising that the US and Brazil have the two most similar political leaders as well as approaches to science (or lack thereof) and coronavirus debacles on their hands?

    I probably shouldn't belabor this point, but I want to make clear (again) I was responding to the "crush" the virus statement, which I took to mean nearly or fully get rid of it within the population. That is not attainable short of an actual, real, full-on lock down IN THE UNITED STATES WHERE THE VIRUS HAS ALREADY TAKEN COMMUNITY HOLD. We can't go back and make TrumpCo take it more seriously to start with - that is long gone. We are where we are. At this point the best thing we can do to have the least overall negative effects on the population is to deploy and enforce (latter being key here) common sense measures like masks, distancing, avoiding super-big crowd scenarios, and protecting the especially vulnerable.

     


  9. 2 hours ago, bmags said:

    You think new zealand is the only country that has outperformed the US?

     

     

    2 hours ago, StrangeSox said:

     

    What about the EU as a whole?

     

    2 hours ago, Balta1701 said:

    The EU is about as good of an analog for the US as you can get. They're talking about allowing tourism this summer because of the difference between the two areas. 

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    What do the three of you think I was saying? I never said other countries didn't do better - that would be absurd. In fact MOST countries with modern health care have done better than the US. Go look at what I was responding to - the statement about "Crush the virus", which I take to mean make it nearly non-existent. That is not a reasonable or attainable goal in the US short of locking literally everyone in their homes 24/7 no matter what for a few weeks.

     


  10. 9 minutes ago, bmags said:

    This is nonsense. Throw a stone on a map and you could find countries that have done this without either.

    Not any that are good analogs for the United States. New Zealand did a great job, but I don't think I need to list the reasons why they were in a much different position than the US.

     


  11. 2 hours ago, Balta1701 said:

    one of my colleagues is dealing with this right now - he had a major, unknown virus about 8 years ago, nearly died, wound up with permanent issues because of it. Even if Texas was as under-control as Illinois, his kids couldn't go because they can't risk bringing something back to him. So for your state, you also have to have some version of an e-schooling option available, because otherwise kids with familial issues like that will all be homeschooled. 

    Oh I agree, they need an e-learning substitute available for kids in families with someone vulnerable, if they choose to stay home.

     

    6 minutes ago, bmags said:

    illinois is creeping down but feels like a plateau after such incredible progress in early june.

    715 cases today but after a surge of tests (29331 tests so 2.4% pos rate). Chicago continues to drop precipitously in average cases. But needs to stay stable until contact tracing begins in earnest in late July.

    I mean at some point, the plateau is a statistical inevitability. The virus is actively spreading in Illinois, and even more so in some neighboring states, so at some point the positivity rate can't go down any further.

     


  12. 11 hours ago, StrangeSox said:

    My wife averaged 35 kids in seventh grade last year.

    Her district has 3 or 4 lunchroom supervisors for those 350 kids. If you now put those kids in classrooms, that's an additional 7+ teachers who now have supervisory duty that period but still need their prep and lunch periods. Becomes a huge scheduling challenge, maybe not solvable.

     

    There's over 800 districts in this state and each one is unique in some way or the other. The state can't and shouldn't impose a single plan on them all, but it seems like they're all kinda on their own now with minimal actual guidance on what to do in a situation none of them has faxed before. It's a hard challenge for everyone, including students and parents.

    35 kids per classroom? I mean I know the numbers go up in Jr High (my sampling was most recently in 5th and 2nd grades), but that seems insanely high to me.

    Anyway, back on the central topic - the schools are going to have a very hard time with all of this, but I just do not think e-schooling is a real solution unless we see some enormous explosion in COVID deaths and have no choice but to shut it all down again. Barring that, get the kids into school, even if their days will be pretty weird for a while.

     


  13. 2 hours ago, StrangeSox said:

    Not sure how schools do lunches.

    No more than 50 kids gathered at a time? My wife's school has multiple lunch periods with 350 kids each. 

    All the elementary schools in our district (three of them, District 28) have no cafeterias. They eat their lunches in their classrooms generally, but sometimes in the gym by grade level. I don't think that change is going to be the biggest issue. It's going to be more purely classroom size, I believe.

    We are lucky in that our district has pretty small class sizes. Elementary classrooms are ranging 14 to 18 typically in our district, and if you add in that some parents will be keeping kids home for health or other reasons until Phase 5, we are very lucky that our schools can probably do the 15 or fewer thing without a ton of problems. I recognize that in some other districts it will be a very different story.

     


  14. On 6/20/2020 at 11:49 AM, BigHurt3515 said:

    I am reviving this thread instead of starting a new one.

    My wife will be going to Rush for school next year and hopefully working for them as well so we are looking to move up to the Chicago area. We will have two kids & two dogs and looking for something in the suburbs. We are very familiar with Mount Prospect/Arlington Heights area (we have family there) but I am trying to see if there are any other suburbs or areas closer to the city that would fit with what we are looking for.

    Looking to stay under 275K for a home so an affordable area, within 40 minutes or so to downtown (closer the better), a Metra or L station not too far away in case she needs to take a train, area safe for families with good elementary schools. 

    We have looked at Schaumburg quite a bit because homes aren't too bad price wise but the public transit isn't ideal in that area.

    Also if anyone knows someone who is a nurse at Rush I would love to be able to ask some questions (or my wife will), just send me a message!

    Thank you for any advice!

    Does it need to be N or NW suburbs? I ask because those are what you listed.

    MP and AH are good, and for your price range I'd also look at Morton Grove. Skokie and Evanston are kinda unusual but could also meet your needs - just keep in mind both towns have a WIDE variety of crime levels and school quality depending on where you are. Much less homogeneous than others on your list. Glenview and Northbrook are also very good choices but might be stretching your price range a bit - still worth a look. Elmhurst and Downers Grove similarly could be very good fits for you, and where both were pretty affordable not long ago, they have become pricier and I don't know if they'd fit in your range. Park Ridge and Des Plaines also some good choices, but like Evanston and Skokie you need to be careful where exactly your house is. Buffalo Grove also worth considering but their Metra line runs far less often.

     


  15. 10 minutes ago, Balta1701 said:

    I said this 2 months and 2 days ago, probably in this thread, when governor Coronavirus decided he was going to re-open Texas because case counts stayed low and he wanted praise from the President. 

    If you're re-opening things, what is your strategy to avoid what is happening in Texas right now? You need to identify that first. If you're opening restaurants and the virus is spreading, then you're going to have spreading virus - you literally can't keep a mask on and eat food at the same time. Maybe you've got "masks everywhere, required everywhere possible, restaurants and bars all stay closed, and aggressive contact tracing ready to go right now" as your plan and that could be good enough, but basically, you can't open schools until you tell me how you're going to keep them from adding people to the chains (even if kids under 13 don't seem to be the likely super-spreaders).

    Hopefully the teachers unions remain real jerks about that too, because they should. They're literally being put in harms way if they don't have proper safety equipment.

    If you re-open things and you don't have that strategy in place already...well I can say hi from one of several examples of that.

    Oh there absolutely need to be safety measures. When I said open up 100%, that was not supposed to mean "go back to 100% exactly the way things were". I just meant, all kids going to school. Clearly there will need to be mask rules, lots of disinfecting of surfaces more often, spacing, avoiding the all-school gatherings and the like, a temporary reduction or removal of certain extra-curriculars that have higher risk, etc. To wit...

     

    1 minute ago, StrangeSox said:

    I'd be shocked if IDPH's school guidelines are just "back to normal, plus masks"

     

    I posted Wisconsin's guidelines on the last page. I'd expect something similar. The exact implementation is going to vary widely district to district.

    Yes, in fact the state's school board has already made some recommendations to IDPH, along with saying they think schools should open barring a new and significant outbreak. IDPH will supposedly issue their detailed guidance in the next couple weeks.

     


  16. We aren't going to eliminate the virus in the US (at least not for years anyway). The goal was, is and still should be, to keep the country safe enough that the medical systems are not overwhelmed. And by keeping it tamped down to that level you also save a bunch of lives and buy time for better treatments and eventually a vaccine.

    Illinois has done this, and done it really well. In fact I actually feel some pride when I see how well our state has done compared to others. And what that means is, we are safe enough for this Phase 4 of reopening - and the schools 100% need to open with it. You can't do one without the other for a whole host of reasons. I want to see the schools opened up fully in the fall.

    Now, obviously if some massive spike occurs, and ICU beds and ventilators go near maxed out and infection rates are out of control, then you go back a step. Hopefully that doesn't happen but it could. And in that case, you go back a step on ALL of it - if you close the schools, you close down all non-essential services too.

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  17. Detailed Phase 4 guidance released, along with Pritzker (and Lightfoot) announcing we are going to Phase 4 Friday.

    Two things missing are two of the three that families are most focused on: schools and overnight camps (they DID release Day Camp guidance already, so that is good). Schools guidance coming soon apparently, but there is still some question around overnight camps.

    I will say again, you cannot expect to do all this Phase 4 opening if you do not also fully open schools in the fall. To do one and not the other is a disaster for a LOT of families who will be left with an impossible choice.

     


  18. 13 hours ago, ChiliIrishHammock24 said:

    I charge for free at the Supercharger that I pass on my way home from work. So....$0.

    Insurance on this car is about $12 more than my 15 year old Mitsubishi Galant was. No idea why. I pay $90 a month, and that actually just went up slightly from like $83 last time I remember looking.

     

    13 hours ago, ChiliIrishHammock24 said:

    I got 5,000 free miles that was supposed to be used up within 6 months (unless I got someone to use my referral code, then it resets that 6 months and adds another 1,000 miles). But on a road trip to Charlotte for a Knights playoff game (until they lost 6 of their last 7 games in an epic collapse) there was some sort of glitch and it stopped subtracting my free miles. So it's been hung at 1672 miles remaining since September. It also didn't go away after 6 months. As of now, the current message says my Supercharging miles will expire on June 30th, 2020, so I guess I'll find out in about 10 days whether or not I have to start paying to charge my car or not.

    Ah, so you got a bonus deal, nice. Lucky glitch for you.

    When it does come time to start charging it at home or other non-free place, do you plan to use a monitor for the amount of electricity used? Or does Tesla have that built into the charging station in some way? I had to add a little smart plug for mine (cost like $15) to see exactly how much electricity was going to the car charging.

     


  19. 4 hours ago, turnin' two said:

    I think it was easy to interpret what he meant was that the cost of ownership compared to a regular vehicle.  Obviously much less maintenance and fuel costs.

    Even then it isn't the same though. Insurance is a funny animal - how much more or less does this car cost to insure versus previous? License costs different too. But really I was sort of taken aback that he completely left out electricity, which is essentially the fuel for the car.

    For the record I already own a PHEV and love it, and it is indeed much cheaper to own than our previous vehicle all-in.

     


  20. 18 hours ago, ChiliIrishHammock24 said:

    Yesterday was my 1 year with my Model 3. Cost of ownership so far has been 1 bottle of windshield washer fluid.

    Plus electricity, plus license plate and registration fees, plus insurance, plus tolls (maybe), plus any loan interest (if not bought with cash), plus potentially any village/city sticker fees, etc.

    I like Tesla and my next vehicle is likely to be a PHEV or possibly an EV, but let's be real here if you are going to talk "cost of ownership".

     

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  21. 5 minutes ago, StrangeSox said:

    It's going to result in less enforcement, fewer requirements and lower compliance though. Not the best of both worlds for anyone but Abbott, it seems.

    I actually agree with the idea that going after businesses is much better than going after individuals, when it comes to the mask and distancing rules. Many fewer targets to monitor for authorities, and the rules can then filter down. I think it is the better way to go (can't believe I am agreeing with Abbott on something but here we are).

     

    12 hours ago, greg775 said:

    This is just another example of how we all hate each other in America. It's doomed. My guess is the violence will be the new normal. We hate each other, let's face it. (You are not going to get consensus on a topic like masks when politics rules the country 24/7).

    I have no plans on being violent with anyone. Do you? If not, then just stop, "greg".

    Masks are not political. They are common sense. They are simply made to seem political by a portion of the conservative wing, who are so desperate to turn ANYTHING governmental into an attack of some kind that they will twist themselves into unfounded and cartoonish logic pretzels trying to make  face masks into some kind of evil hoax.

    And by the way, I do thank you for following the rules despite not liking them. That is appreciated. Really.

     


  22. 4 minutes ago, bmags said:

    I’m still very concerned about bars, night clubs and churches even with masks. The drinking and dancing makes night clubs seem impossible especially on tracing.

    Id prefer they stick with the outdoor focus through sept.

    I have concerns too among some of those things, but they can be addressed with capacity limits. I'd rather go that route than keep those things closed until the fall. I realize of course some places won't comply, but I am also OK with some enforcement around that against businesses that don't follow the rules. Take away a few liquor or food licenses, publicize the hell out of the enforcement, and you will get a lot of places staying in line (though not all I am sure). Churches get a little more dicey that way but I think most, other than the megachurches run by money grubbers, will stick with it.

     


  23. More and more, it seems a consensus is building around the idea that for any given region once it has bent the curve down and gotten well below health care capacity limits, we would really just need:

    • Masks in public spaces - indoors always, outdoors if unable to maintain distance
    • Special treatment of and precautions in crammed in facilities, long-term care, and for specifically vulnerable populations
    • Avoiding super-large crowd events especially if they involve a lot of vocalization or heavy breathing (concerts, pro sports, etc.)
    • Washing your hands

    We could literally open up nearly everything else, if only we had a population that was willing to do the masking thing reliably (like 90% or better I guess). But no... there's that quarter or so of the population that have been conned into thinking wearing masks is some kind of conspiracy or made up thing. Other countries don't have that garbage (or at least have a lot less of it). So we in the US are stuck with these uneven and inconsistent lockdowns instead, damaging the economy even further and killing more people.

    Again... if you are in that quarter, GFY.

     

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