Back in NY (Westchester County) on Friday and can't get over the differences from four months ago when we left to drive to Florida. Of course it was cold here when we left and until recently it was still COLD in NY (they had snow the weekend of May 7...seriously?). Luckily we have had nice warm weather since we got back.
Four months ago Mt Kisco where we live was buzzing with activity. Now? Almost no cars out, few people, most wearing masks, most stores closed. There is a big tent in the parking lot at the hospital in case Covid-19 cases spike and they need the space. Markers in stores and sidewalks to denote the 6 ft spacing we should all respect.
Driving down we had a few snacks in the car and didn't even think about where we'd eat or use the restrooms.
Driving home? Planned our trip with AAA and couldn't stop in SC because at that time no one from NY, NJ, CT could stay in a hotel! We ended up staying outside Savannah. Hotel was clean and we didn't need our bag of supplies that included: paper towels, rubbing alcohol, Lysol, alcohol wipes, gloves, hand sanitizer and toilet paper....just in case. pumping gas we wore gloves.
Had dinner in GA at a restaurant that had recently reopened with limited service. All severs wore gloves and masks and we ate outside w/Fletcher. Got lunches to go at Subway both days and in SC the workers had plastic sheeting all around the area where they made the sandwiches. No place to sit so we had lunch on the grass.
Pleasantly surprised that restrooms were even cleaner than usual.
And almost no traffic. for those who drive between Baltimore and Fredicksburg, VA hitting no traffic is almost a miracle! Same with getting close to the GW Bridge in NY.
Now getting used to the new "normal" here. Westchester is in the Mid Hudson region and won't be going to phase 1 reopening any time soon. Luckily Instacart is working for us and many restaurants are going take out or delivery. Have ventured out and any place that is open requires a mask and limits customers. Can't bring your own bag either.
Get to talk to neighbors from a distance and at least can say hello to friends.
The nearby park is open as are some of the other parks which we'll get out to explore for one of our many daily walks. Walking here is much more of a workout than in Florida which is pretty flat. Walking uphill for the last 1/2 mile was more intense than I'd remembered.
And life goes on and we continue to do what we need to do to stay safe.
Hope you are all staying safe and strong.