Six Months and Counting as San Diego Faces Going Backwards

As of tomorrow, it will be six months since California’s governor announced the first statewide “stay at home” order in the country.

It was an historic day as Gov. Gavin Newsom issued his order effective March 19, 2020 and life changed in California.

In one way it seems like it wasn’t all that long ago.But in many other ways, it seems as if it has been a lot longer than just six months.A half a year is feeling like an entire year.

Back then, most of us probably figured that in six months, the pandemic would be over or at least almost over. That’s what we heard from some political leaders.

But now after six months, just as a number of health officials had predicted, the pandemic goes on and so do the economic and personal impacts of it.

This week we learned there are still a quarter million people in San Diego County still without a job having been laid off or furloughed.

And this week we also learned that next week we could be moving backwards instead of forward when it comes to the re-opening of the economy...with the county’s coronavirus case rate moving us from the less restrictive Red Tier, where we are now, to the more restrictive Purple Tier, a 'purple monster' as far as many businesses are concerned.

And more school re-openings would be put on hold and places of worship will have to keep their services outdoors.

Six months after this all began, there may not be a stay at home order, but the way things are going, you have to wonder if we will need to prepare for another six months of this or more.

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