It's been a while since I've blogged...and the world has changed, yet again.
Pennsylvania has been using a color coded system to designate what stage or phase of the Covid-19 pandemic we're in. Currently, we're in the Green phase. But that doesn't mean it's over. No, green simply means we've entered the least restrictive of the three phases. We won't be out of the woods, so to speak, until we aren't in any phase.
But you probably already knew that.
There was a lot of excitement about "going green", but really, after reading, and rereading, the pages and pages of guidelines on the PA and CDC websites, nothing changed for us at Darn Yarn.
Yes, we're still asking you to wear a mask when you visit.
Yes, we're still asking you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before you shop.
Yes, we're still limiting ourselves to 5 people in the shop at a time.
Yes, we're still asking you to do your best to maintain proper distancing from one another.
Yes, we're still offering online/phone order and curbside pick up if you prefer.
And yes, our groups are still virtual using Zoom.
Tuesday 10 am - noon: Meeting ID 390 297 111; Password 458671
Thursday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Meeting ID 417 738 757; Password 115661
We know things are changing fast, information is always being updated, and the world is topsy-turvy. But please remember, as things start reopening, many of the small businesses are still doing their best to continue to keep some semblance of normalcy in your community. Many of them complied with the mandatory shutdowns, stepped up to help, or helped keep the essential workers working, all in an effort to keep the community safe and healthy.
Now is the time to step up and show your support for your local businesses, to thank them for putting their community's health first. If they ask you to wear a mask, do it without complaining. If they have fewer check out lines, be patient. If they've reduced or changed their hours, take note. If they've limited the number of people in their store, pay close attention and shop with intention if it looks like they're near capacity. Stay the appropriate distance from one another and respect everyone's personal space.
Don't argue with the proprietors, shopkeepers, clerks, or managers about their new protocols and procedures. Everyone's taking the precautions they feel are necessary in this unusual situation. You don't know who's taking care of an elderly family member. You don't know who has a special needs at risk child. You don't know if their industry has different regulations. You don't know if they themselves are at risk, plenty of healthy looking people have underlying health issues that they might not want made public - genetic issues, immunity problems, heart conditions, you get the idea. You don't know who has been impacted, and in what ways, by Covid-19.
One of the biggest changes over the past few months is how we view our modern lifestyle. We've grown used to technology and it was, and is, incredibly useful during these uncertain times. It enables us to remain connected while physically apart. It allowed us to supply our homes with necessities when we couldn't get out. Music and video streaming services, e-books, and virtual events have become popular means of entertainment. And schools have gone virtual.
If this pandemic has taught us anything, it's that humans rely on interactions with other humans; and that we've got a lot to learn about caring for the community as a whole. It's those day to day, seemingly insignificant interactions that we craved, and previously took for granted.
We also learned that while big box stores and online services helped us cope, it was the smaller mom and pop/ brick and mortar shops that we missed. It was those small interactions with people in our circle of errands and routine that we noticed were missing from our lives.
We learned why, when we shop small, there's a big impact.
So do it! Now, and into the future. Shop small. Make a big impact.
Stay Safe, and keep on stitchin'
Lisa @ Darn Yarn