Town Square

Post a New Topic

June 15 won't be a 'light switch' for businesses, but instead another step towards normalcy

Original post made on Jun 14, 2021

The state plans to fully reopen the economy on Tuesday will set off small but significant shifts for customers and businesses, which can get closer to serving a true full house.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 14, 2021, 9:44 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by Butch Lindstrom
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2021 at 12:47 pm

Butch Lindstrom is a registered user.

"If somebody comes into their business or their operation without a mask, it should be considered a self-attestation for someone being vaccinated," Ghaly said."

^ Yeah right.

And shouldn't salad bars continue to be off-limits to diners? Too much outside exposure.

The unvaccinated should have harsher restrictions placed upon them than those who are already vaccinated...including the mandatory wearing of facemasks and extremely limited access to certain places of business.

The unvaccinated should be viewed as the pariahs (i.e. the 'untouchables' caste) of the post Covid-19 era.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2021 at 1:57 pm

Bystander is a registered user.

Two issues here as I see it.

Firstly the necessity or willingness of volunteering vaccine information to enter a business. That may make some feel more safe, but others unsafe to enter a business that does not require this information at the door. Some will enjoy the freedom of entering without a mask. Others may feel it more dangerous to their health to enter a business that does not require masks for all. Vaccination status is a big issue as is masks.

Secondly, the assumption will become that those who are unvaccinated, or those who continue to wear masks, will be somehow lesser desirable individuals. Will they also have to walk around ringing a bell saying "unclean, unclean". That may well be a step too far of course, but there will be a two tier status as the vaccinated, unmasked, will appear to be much more accepted and acceptable to the lesser mortals wearing masks or admitting to be unvaccinated.

As for the honor system, well if you believe that then at the same time we should be able to get on a plane without going through TSA.


Posted by Clifton DePaul
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2021 at 3:37 pm

Clifton DePaul is a registered user.

There is absolutely no way to ensure that the non-vaccinated will continue to wear face masks in public.

And there is no guarantee that vaccinations and the presumed freedom to enjoy open spaces will curtail the coronavirus which is rapidly mutating into an even more easily and readily contracted form of Covid-19.

Some of the previously closed businesses (i.e. gyms, theaters, restaurants and bars, skin/nail salons etc.) can stay closed for all I care as they are still NON-ESSENTIAL.


Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 14, 2021 at 4:43 pm

William Hitchens is a registered user.

I'm fully vaccinated. My spouse is fully vaccinated. Don't thank us. It was just a simple, necessary, intelligent and highly educated survival thing. BUT we'll continue to mask both outdoors around ANY strangers and at all times indoors except with family and close friends whom we trust to be highly honest, moral, ethical and to tell the truth [portion removed.]

We need US Govt issued Vaccination Passports and public health laws (already on most State and County books) to exclude highly anti-social anti-vaxxers from unrestricted public life --- until they miraculously behave responsibly and get FULLY VACCINATED. They can't be trusted to tell the truth. Just "show me your cards" anti-vaxxers --- and we'll make it a felony for you to present a counterfeit cards. My spouse and I happily present our cards when necessary. That's part of being a "Good Citizen". [Portion removed.]

There are two other reasons why we'll keep wearing masks. First, variants are popping up that reduce the effectiveness of Gen-1 vaccines until booster shots are available. Second, there still are no highly effective Covid-19 antiviral meds that can be taken at home orally, or if necessary by subcutaneous injection which is easy, just like insulin injections. The lack of highly effective antivirals is, IMHO, the greatest impediment to returning public life to anything remotely normal.


Posted by It.is.what.it.is
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2021 at 5:36 pm

It.is.what.it.is is a registered user.

Can't wait to ditch the mask! Been too much of a long haul. People can do what they want but I am fully vaccinated and at least no one should yell at me for not wearing a mask indoors.

[Portion removed.]


Posted by Aric Singh
a resident of Ventura
on Jun 15, 2021 at 9:52 am

Aric Singh is a registered user.

Though many of the March 2020 CA public health mandates have been rescinded, this is no time to get complacent.

Coming soon to a theater near you...the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus.


Posted by Penelope Roberts
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 15, 2021 at 8:27 pm

Penelope Roberts is a registered user.

We must remain vigilant...not overly paranoid but cautious with common sense.

The coronavirus epidemic is far from over.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2021 at 8:08 am

Bystander is a registered user.

From my perspective being out and about, there is still less foot traffic in many places, but it was nice to be able to see people smiling at each other again.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from Palo Alto Online sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.

Home brews to home base: Brewing With Brothas aims to open East Palo Alto taproom
By The Peninsula Foodist | 2 comments | 3,955 views

Jumping on a bandwagon that ends up breaking down
By Diana Diamond | 18 comments | 3,662 views

"A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 2,579 views

Why COP26 matters and what to look for
By Sherry Listgarten | 1 comment | 1,279 views