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Open Thread Update: Back to Normal Yet? Feel safe?

It’s two steps forward, one step back.  Some areas are getting somewhat back to normal – movies are opening with reduced seating – and others are resuming the lockdown due to a spike in cases.   Indoor dining is back – kind of –  but some places are getting ready to keep tables outdoors, even in the winter.  It’s hard to keep up!

Apparently, it’s even hard for the people in charge to keep up.  The respondents so far have all mentioned the confusing patchwork of responses – or non responses – of their elected officials and even their neighbors.

And who knows what Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas or Hanukkah will be like?

What’s it like where you live?  Are you back in lockdown?  Are you getting whiplash keeping up with the changes? What’s open? What’s still closed?   Do you feel safe?  We’re keeping the comments open for a while so you can share your ‘field report” in the comments!


Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at


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6 responses to “Open Thread Update: Back to Normal Yet? Feel safe?

  1. I’m from Brooklyn NY we are not a ghost town. We took the very worst of COVID 19. Thanks to our Governor Cuomo’s leadership we lowered the curve and we keep on fighting. Yes! We are tired of this but what’s better? If we slack off we will be just like the rest of the country dying from the disease. You can’t talk sense to a president who acts like a donkey.

    1. Praising a murderer for leadership is not original. Countless mass murderers were praised this way. This is a statement of fact. Another fact is that “Of the five boroughs of New York City, the Bronx has the highest rate of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.” But who needs facts when there is an agenda?
      I really would like to like the center, but so far I haven’t given an opportunity, both by the institution and the members. So far, I’ve seen only constant low-level propaganda and even lower level comments.
      Why not call the center honestly as “DNC propaganda center for abuse of the
      intelligent elderly?” OK, this is a rhetorical question.
      dr anna

  2. I live in New York, on the island of Manhattan. I was born here and have lived here all my life. I never thought in my wildest dreams I would see New York, especially Manhattan, in the state it is in.
    If only people, young and seasoned, would adhere to the mandates given, it is possible restaurants and other areas would be at 50% by now.
    At the rate this country is going, we will be dealing with the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus far into 2021, possibly 2022.
    Stay safe everyone!

  3. Our Governor still advises seniors to stay home. I work at a recreation center that has an extensive senior program and we have canceled at least through the end of the year. The patrons done have to wear masks anymore to work out. Stores still ask you to wear masks. We are up to 75% in restaurants and stores. I think they opened the state too soon.

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