Mountain Mayhem: Signs of the Times
In writing a weekly social column, the topics I typically cover center on times of gathering together — whether it’s a momentous celebration or everyday occasion, involving large groupings of people or even just a few in attendance.
In an era of social distancing, clearly, now is not a time for us to gather in groups, nor to look at life’s more carefree times on these pages. To stop the potential spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve of its growth — terms that have become common vernacular as of late — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have outlined ways to follow suit on their website.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Social distancing is the reason so many events are being canceled or postponed and a cause for pause, altering how we interact and what we do each day. While we hunker down, spending time solo or in smaller groups, staying 6 to 10 feet away from others, sanitizing our environments, washing our hands thoroughly, and following all the best practices, we also need to stay sane, be safe and carry on in new ways.
We’re all in this together. A friend in the medical field in Aspen pointed out that we, as a tourism-based community, have a leg up as we’re already well versed in living with high seasons and low seasons and the altered pace that comes with them. For other communities, it’s a completely foreign experience for life to come to a halt. So let’s do what we do best as we take care of ourselves and each another and get through this trying time with a healthy mind, body and spirit.
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