As we slooooowly emerge from the pandemic, life is very gradually beginning to get back to normal. Mostly. Where I live, church services are curtailed, and gatherings – like weddings – over 50 will bring the cops to break it up. (Demonstrations are another matter.) Gyms are back with social distancing. Shopping IRL is coming back without having to line up outside, but (sadly) many neighborhood shops have closed, from chains like Sur La Table to quirky small ones like the video rental place that specialized in Japanese cinema. Indoor dining is back – mostly – but movies are still off limits. And who knows what Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas or Hanukkah will be like.
But that’s my world – what’s it like where you live? Are things mostly back to normal? What’s open? What’s still closed? What do you miss most? What are you most glad is back? Give us a ‘field report” and let us know 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 [email protected]
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