Here's one not to miss, my peeps! Myself, Susan Grant, Tasha Black, Annie Nicolas, and many others are offering books for .99 cents or free. But it all ends on April 25, 2020, so what are you waiting for?
It's come to my attention that there's some misinformation out there about what's going on in the San Francisco Bay Area—and now the State of California.
It's really important that you all understand WE ARE NOT ON "LOCKDOWN." It's a "Shelter in Place" (or “Stay at Home”) order. Here’s the difference:
Shelter in Place/Stay at Home:
What we can do: Go outside for a walk, hike, bike ride, etc. Get groceries or pick up take-out. Go to work if we can't work remotely. Anything considered "essential" is okay, and we're not going to be arrested for it. Practice Social Distancing in all our activities. (Must have a minimum of 6 feet between ourselves and others.)
What we cannot do: Congregate publicly or privately in large groups (large family units living in the same residence are fine inside their home.) Sorry folks, rallies and protests are postponed for now, as are schools, weddings, bar mitzvahs, services of any type, etc. In other words, if you don't HAVE to go out, please don't.
You can Google: Bay Area Shelter in Place Rules, for more info on what's allowed or not allowed.
What we can do: Essential medical services. Groceries. A friend in the Philippines tells me when they need groceries, etc., only one person can go get them. Our lockdown rules in the US may vary, but probably not by much.
What we cannot do: Go anywhere…just stay the heck inside unless you want to be arrested/fined/detained/whatever the penalty is. This is NOT what's happening in CA at the moment, I promise you.
When this does happen (and I’m pretty sure it will), things are gonna get real for a lot of folks. If an SiP isn’t doing enough to slow the number of new cases, then a lockdown would be the next logical step. The situation is that serious. And no one wants this thing!
There's currently no "24-hour curfew" in San Francisco. TMZ is one of several media outlets who reported this, and it's utter BS. (Kudos to the media peeps who have gotten it right!) We're not prisoners in our own homes. And for the most part, people seem to be complying with the SiP order.
So, now you’re smarter than some of the media. I’m not sure what they’ll call it when we do go on lockdown, but that’s not my problem.
For those of you who have reached out to me concerned, thank you. Keep an eye on my FB profile and/or author page for daily updates and funny memes—because even in the face of a pandemic, we must not lose our ability to laugh.
In the meantime, look out for your elderly family and neighbors. Speak kindly to the store clerks, healthcare workers, and each other. Help where you can. And, of course, be well and stay safe.
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