How a Mom Makes Sense of It In The Early Weeks
We don’t have a choice really these days in a period of being home quarantined and all are advised to practice social distancing to keep us safe or at least keep others safe, too.
It is a call of conscience and a call of responsiveness to practice restraint in our daily activities while the COVID-19 concern is out there, still waiting to find a solution.
And as moms, what brave a mind like her during these days when the entire fam is at home? What to do and how to stock up on necessary resources and supplies when the buying and availability of food and other essentials like food are put to a halt while those in the front liners -from government officials to medical workers work their space to serve others?
As a mom the only thing we can actually do is to take a breather–recoup the possibility of negation during the spate of realities and try to be productive as much.
These are how the enhanced community quarantine has affected the lives of some and many back home in the Philippines, while the ECQ is in effect:
The must-wear ID pass or quarantine pass.
In the first weeks, city residents were still allowed to go around with not much of restrictions in movement. Private individuals simply had to exercise their own call of propriety in deciding whether “to go out or not”, and everyone was cautioned to wear masks and practice social distancing.
About two weeks ago, community ID’s were given and only 1 person is allowed to own it. That same designated individual can go out and get food, and attend to some external errands or other official work related activities.
Business hours and establishments were affected.
Stringent measures were imposed in commercial areas.
The hours that people can access usual establishments one can ply to were generally open in the initial two weeks. Some businesses kept on limited run on restricted business deals. But of late these were entirely shut from the public to further help the government’s effort to avert increase in the COVID-19 situation.
Convenient stores for example were open and there were still patrons who would come in. But adjustments were made. People were advised to wear masks- implied or on direct suggestion. There were gel and sanitizers at the doorstep and customers lining up for the counters to pay must take necessary precaution when going up close to the cashier’s counter to pay.
Delivery services from food to courier were still available in the early weeks but these were carefully-screened.
Social media posts became personal, newsy or lifestyle-driven.
Locally, social media posts centered on news about how the latest developments on the COVID problem.
Numbers were rising by the day and NGOs and private individuals are stepping up to their plate to help out.
From doing homemade, designer created or do-it -yourself facial masks; to making alcohol sanitizers available even online as these were some of the products being easily used up these times, many were trying to make things bearable yet ordinary as days passed during the ECQ.
The social media posts for women were mostly about family activities and homestay activities.
Everyone was trying to make things better despite the situation.
The walkathon can be challenging. But it became a necessary activity to surpass day to day timeline.
Good if you drive or if you are a car-owner. But if you want to simplify and get your needs at the nearest area without much of a frill, then what you go for is to TAKE A WALK.
People were cautioned to go out in limited numbers and had to have their cars or vehicles registered at the community level. Expect to be stopped by be person in military uniform asking about your where to details.
So all you can do is to politely stop when you’re in the motor, and politely oblige to the prying.
Otherwise, you go for the long, longer, longest walk of your stay in the community to get what you need- buy food, get items essential etc.
So these are the after effects of the COVID-situation back home.
By the end of the day, all we can do to make things better is to really pray, and hope for things to settle and go back to normal.
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