Yesterday I mentioned that the city of Boston cancelled their St Patrick’s Day parade because of COVID-19. Today I heard of another repercussion, Harvard has asked students not to come back from Spring Break. They will hold classes online post-break. Apparently Amherst College made the same call yesterday.
Still no word on whether or not Vermont is going to do anything similar. Bellana is home for spring break right now. She took her laptop home with her just in case. The numbers are low in Massachusetts, and as of yesterday they were lower in Vermont. Still, they have students scattered to the winds right now and they are all supposed to come back next week. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that the number of cases will spike after that.
There is still nothing that directly affects me or my family, other than Jen getting some telecommute time. I’m sitting at my desk in Waltham, and in about 20 minutes I am going to head over to another one of our buildings in another town. No problems. Tomorrow I will be in two of our buildings too. Again, no problems.
I heard a few personal stories on Facebook today. Nothing from anywhere near New England though. I belong to a bunch of guitar related Facebook groups and one has a thread where people are reporting having gigs cancelled. Most of us in the group are like me, weekend warriors. If I play three gigs in a year I consider it a big year. A lot of people are hearing from bars where they have gigs booked over the next few months and being told not to show up. It’s understandable. Yes it’s annoying and yes it might be an overreaction, but it’s also the safe and smart move. I did hear from one guy though who is a professional and has just had a five date UK tour cancelled. Ouch. That’s a lot of paychecks to miss in a short stretch of time. He says he’ll have to make sacrifices, but his family should be okay.
Am I worried? Nope. Not at all. Just paying attention. Keeping an eye open and an ear to the ground. It’s going to directly affect us one of these days, probably sooner rather than later. We’ll be ready and we’ll deal with it and we’ll be fine. No problems.
On the upside, traffic has been ridiculously light during my commutes. It’s not as light as Christmas Eve, but it’s in the ball park. It’s like the song said, you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have the facts of life. I have no idea how that applies in this case, but I’m 100% sure you sang along in your head while you were reading.