Are you getting together socially (i.e., voluntarily) with people who are NOT members of your family/household bubble? I mean groups of 10-sh to 15-ish, not crowds.
I know some of you are still going to workplaces-- not asking about that, though always glad for comments from everyone. What are your personal/household rules and guidelines for socializing with outsiders? Distance, outdoors, masked?
Last night my book club had our fifth month of meeting by zoom. (FTR, zoom book club meetings suck, but I’m glad we have the option.) Each member takes a turn hosting on the first Wednesday of the month. October’s hostess proposed that next month we meet at her house in person on her outdoor deck. We will be distanced, but some said they would not plan to wear masks, as they feel that being oudoors and distanced is enough protection. We would not be sharing food. This is not a sedate group; there is a LOT of loud, animated talking, sometimes actually shouting each other down. Anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable attending will be included by zoom.
There are 10 members, all women. Most are in their 50s and 60s; two of us are in our 70s. I’m the only one (as usual) who is sheltering 100% alone. All have family/household bubbles that they either live with or visit regularly. The members and their household inmates interact with the outside world to varying degrees. Three women have older husbands with chronic illnesses. One woman would have just come back the day before from a plane trip to a family event and said she would not attend. She would quarantine herself for 14 days as she has after every (!) plane trip she’s taken this summer.
There was discussion but the upshot was:
- “I think we should just take the plunge.”
- “We’re going to have to do it sooner or later, might as well be now.”
- “We can’t stay locked down forever.”
San Antonio’s case numbers, after a big spike around July 4 holiday, are down a little one day, up a little the next, but overall steady. Total number of cases currently is just under 50,000 (county population ~2 million). Hospitalizations and deaths are down. We’re not a hotspot, but we’re nowhere near out of the woods. Labor Day, some schools opening-- numbers could go up again.
My first inclination is not to attend. I’ve made a habit of being very careful and in light of that, this just feels too risky for not much net benefit. But I’m wobbling-- maybe sitting far apart outside would be okay. Maybe it is time to start relaxing some of my self-imposed restrictions…
How are y’all handling and making decisions about stuff like this? What about other live-aloners who have had minimal contact with the outside world? Would you consider this a risk worth taking for the social contact and faux normalcy?