Sunday, March 15, 2020

Mom's Birthday

Yesterday was my mom's 77th birthday and we celebrated by getting to church early enough to sing Happy Birthday to her during Sunday School, we've been terrible with on-time attendance this year but made special effort yesterday.  We also had her over for dinner with my brother, aunt and cousin;  our last local family get-together before the grand quarantine social-distancing experiment of 2020.

I'm really glad mom was born on the 15th because we managed to squeeze in her birthday celebration before everything came to a screeching halt.

Today everything that was left to be closed, was closed.  All gatherings above 50 are banned.  Restaurants are closed.  YMCA is finally closed, they had tried to stay open in reduced capacity but after the governors declaration they had to close, for us that means no swim class.  All state parks are closed.

Since this is historic I'd like to document the following:
Gov. Larry Hogan (R) ordered the closure of all bars, restaurants and gyms, his latest dramatic executive order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
“I will make whatever decisions and take whatever actions necessary to save the lives of Marylanders,” Hogan said, adding that the orders will be fully enforced. “We’re not fooling around anymore.”
Hogan said he has activated the National Guard and state police to help enforce the executive order.
The governor’s executive order includes a ban on gatherings of 50 or more people. He also said he will add 6,000 beds to hospitals for increased capacity, and deploy more of the Maryland National Guard  1,400 are ready as of today and 2,200 will be by the end of the week.
The ban on restaurants does not include takeout or drive-throughs, Hogan said.
Last week, Hogan ordered the closure of public schools statewide, the closure of the cruise terminal at the Port of Baltimore and a ban on gatherings of 250 or more people.
On Sunday, he forced casinos, racetracks and off-track betting facilities to shut down.
Hogan also called for a ban on evictions and utility shut-offs.
“It’s impossible to know how long this threat will continue,” he said.
In reaction to this, movie theaters are also closed.  I'm so glad we had our spring break last week and got to see "Onward"!   I guess that movie is going to take a hit with theaters closing after a two week release.

On Sunday night we enjoyed "Frozen 2", made available 3 months early on DisneyPlus because the new CEO felt bad for all the kids stuck at home.  He now has 3 Disney fans for life with our girls.  They were so happy. 

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