Can we return to normal?

The events of the last few months have been hard on everyone. The sheltering in place, seclusion, and refraining from accustomed business and social activities added to the scramble for food, water, and toilet paper have taken their toll. Now the first important steps to returning to a normal life are being taken.

By mid-June, economic and social activity really began to pick up in phase 3 of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommendations for opening social activities with appropriate modifications. Businesses such as restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries have been allowed to offer dine-in service on a limited basis. Nail salons, tattoo and massage parlors, gyms, movie theaters, casinos, race tracks, and retail stores have reopened with distancing policies. All of this is an important trial to determine if the economy can completely open up as it used to be without spreading the COVID-19 disease any further.

Business leaders are cautiously optimistic as they open up. Vanessa Montes at Bun-N Burger on Main Street said she is happy to have the support of members of the community who have used the take-out service and are now returning to dine in the restaurant. At Planet Fitness on Valley Boulevard, Regional Manager Enrique Sanchez said, ‘We're excited to open our doors and welcome members back into our facility. Our staff is stepping it up with relentless cleaning efforts. We want everyone to know that Planet Fitness has your back!"

This does not mean the community can let its guard down. To take the test for COVID, check out the Health Department’s website at https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ to find out where testing is taking place.

The “new normal’ requires everyone to be vigilant about their own personal wellbeing and that of loved ones. Wear masks, wash hands, and engage in social distancing. Be smart about this. With caution and common sense, everyone will get through these challenging times and enjoy one another’s company in the parks, restaurants, and other businesses.


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Nov 2021


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