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August 6, 2020

5/6/2020 3:05:00 PM
Reopening: Proceed with caution

Slowly but surely, it appears that Jennings County will be following the lead of Gov. Eric J. Holcomb by reopening some businesses, government buildings and increasing access to our public parks by the end of this week.

Already, the park board is planning sign-ups for youth league baseball and softball, and discussing if and when to open the new pool and splash park at North Vernon City Park.

Surreal, isn't it?

Just about two months ago, life came almost to a complete stop, locally, statewide and nationally. The new "normal" today seems to be not seeing people out and about, not being able to go to the courthouse or other government offices, and not being able to eat in a restaurant.

It's been a scenario of communities closed as most of us went into self-quarantine or self-isolation.

It, frankly, seemed incredibly unlikely back in January and February, but now feels like laying beneath one of those weighted blankets.
Staying inside and away from crowds filled with people we don't know now feels safe.

While we all want to get back to having options - at least some options, like getting our hair done or eating out with friends, it's hard to shake that inner voice telling us to be careful. Take it slow. Be cautious.
Your life and the lives of those you love could be placed back into harm's way, and that's scary.

But sometimes, a little fear is a good thing. Being a bit fearful and maybe somewhat overly cautious is a survival instinct buried deep in our beings.

Easing back into life will be a challenge. We can't do it too fast, because the virus will begin spreading like a wildfire in California. That will mean more sickness. More death. Going right back into the comfort and safety of our own homes.

So, let's do this right. Let's continue to wash our hands often and use that hand sanitizer, whenever you can find it.

Keep wearing masks when leaving the house or office - if not for yourself, for those around you.

Maintain the physical distancing, no matter how hard it is not to hug your loved ones.

This is literally a "do or die" moment for all of us. Complacency is not something we can live with.

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