An hour ago, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced that certain non-essential businesses should close until April 17th by the end of day. This doesn’t include gas stations and grocery stores, but rather entertainment and leisure venues like bars, salons, and the like. This is not a shelter-in-place rule, but with increasingly fewer places to go to, we’re drifting in that direction. Many businesses which had initially tried to sustain themselves through carryout orders have already closed, including my favorite Mexican restaurant (farewell, Vera Cruz enchiladas) and my coffee shop.
The library has had an active week, as we’ve promoted our continuing service to the public in the radio, on facebook, and with banners and flags. The building is closed to the public, of course, but we’re faxing, scanning, making copies, and doing all sorts of things, from proofreading resumes to doing unemployment filings over the phone for people. We’ve developed a system over the last couple of weeks, keeping different work sorted into different folders, and going down with an envelope of supplies — whenever we are outside making a delivery of documents, people spot us and drive in, so we have to be prepared with fax cover sheets, a helpful pen, etc, on the spot. One bright side to this is that I’ve had more on-duty time in the fresh air the past week than I have in eight years!
Blogwise….I have three books waiting for reviews, one of which will kick off READ OF ENGLAND 2020. Odds and ends, really — bit of birth, bit of death, bit of the in-between. Yesterday I posted a review for The True Soldier, which I’d intended as a ROE entry, but is mostly about the Battle of Bull Run.
Stay safe! Once this is all over it’ll make for a heck of a party.