I have been shut in over the past year.
While I used to hang out with friends on the weekends, that completely ended when the pandemic started. Now I never see anyone besides employees at the few places I still have to visit in person. I buy special allergen face masks off the internet because I really don’t want to get sick. I want a mask that not only protects others from me, but also me from other people. My state has been lax with its guidelines and the few restrictions that were imposed at the beginning of the pandemic quickly dissolved amid political blowback from high ranking members of government. Thankfully the businesses in our state were smart enough to mirror their guidelines here from other states so they’re being consistent with all of their customers. To this day, Target still stations an employee at their front door at all hours while they’re open each day to stop anyone from entering without a mask. Walmart gave up on this policy mere months into the pandemic. But you won’t ever find maskless customers in a Target. Thankfully, my HVAC contractor shares similar values. They know how precious central air systems are to their customers’ health, particularly with a pandemic driven by an airborne virus that spreads from respiratory particles. That’s why their technicians are always wearing masks when they visit your home for maintenance or repairs. I feel bad for the last HVAC technician who came to my house because he had to work in the attic for two hours during one of the hottest times of the day. And despite how much he was sweating, he never removed his mask. He tried to refuse it, but I gave him a small tip that day.