Tuesday, June 09, 2020

CoVid-19 Diary: Reopening Incumbent Upon Guideline Adherence | SD City Council Passes Mayor's Budget | Otter Named 'Nova' | Zoo Can Reopen As Early As Friday | SD Opera Lays Out 2020-2021 Season

It is unclear if Sea World can fly as an "aquarium" and reopen this week  (Taken 12.13.2019)
My sister booked a campsite in the South Bay this week and while we're still unclear if we're allowed to meet up with them because of confusing language (campsites are open; gatherings with members outside of household are not, yet restaurants can seat different households together, and bars and breweries can reopen, HUH?), I decided that we might  try to join them, if allowed. Doesn't seem impossible to share a campsite and still keep distanced and masked, even outdoors, so I made a huge Costco run. And if those hot dogs end up just being for us at home, that would be okay, too.
But what I wanted to share was that, what I imagine is just for a limited time, Costco has stopped making their sheet cakes and instead are making 12" round cakes, since obviously no gatherings, no demand for massive cakes. They're selling for $12.99 and it seemed like we had to get one since Nova got royally screwed on her birthday back in May and because, well, we.love.cake. So there's my hot tip. Also, the Mission Valley store (and I imagine all of the others) have radically shifted where things are, so beer is now in the middle section, just before the refrigerated goods instead of on the perimeter walls. I also did a driveby and Ikea is fully open again, so I'll have to investigate that in the next few weeks, too.
I like doing my errands during the last hour stores are open...they tend to be emptier and feel safer (even if that's just in my head). I realized today that I have to adjust my mindset and read all the stats, and one stuck out to me. It's slide 18/23 of the daily briefings. I keep watching the cases rise, but this one points out that while there are 8619 confirmed cases in San Diego County, 6,501 of them are considered 'recovered'. That's 2,119 active cases, a number I can much more easily wrap my head around. I don't know if they also subtract the deaths from there or if those are included in the 'recovered' count but I can at least understand why people are pushing for openings.
I've been watching Outer Banks on Netflix and didn't expect to love the Scooby-Dooness of it. And while I'm fully turning back into a 14 year old, I had to take a break from some of the heavy shit I've been reading and am exploring a YA author named Mindy McInnis. So there's that. Things that actually matter, after the jump.

  • WHO updated guidance on face coverings, but they reiterate what has been said all along, which is basically that to wear a non-medical face covering is to protect others from you and others wear a face covering to protect you. Wearing the cloth face covering does not protect the wearer from infection. There was also a distinction made between "asymptomatic" people vs. "presymptomatic" people. Obviously the former are harder to trace than the latter, as you may have recovered without every having symptoms and thus not tested, whereas you're more likely to want to get tested if you experience symptoms. It's really a LOT to read, so if you take the time and I've gotten anything wrong, please let me know. Nothing worse than spreading bad information. 
  • San Diego City Council passed the Mayor's budget with a vote of 8-1, with District 3's Chris Ward being the only one who voted against. To be honest, I only listened to a couple hours of comments and was having family time when the Councilmembers were making their statements and voting. You can see various coverage of what was in the actual approved budget by NBC, CBS8, Union-Trib.
  • San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are now allowed to reopen by the State of California and the County of San Diego as early as Friday. Expect to hear communications from the organization in the coming days. It's possible they will not reopen immediately as they'll have to protect themselves from surges and overcrowding, long waits to get in with temperature screenings, and much more limited capacity. You can read the state guidelines here
  • Sea World has a new sea otter and she's been named NOVA. (You can imagine my Nova's delight when we saw this on the news on Monday.) Read about it on NBC. I'll share video if it's posted. Sea World hasn't yet updated their story. It's also unclear if they're able to open as an "aquarium" under state guidelines. I guess we'll find out within the next 4 days. Perhaps they offer lower priced "aquarium passes" where you can see the animals while all the rides and shows remain closed?
  • San Diego Opera is "operamistic" (dad joke) about reopening and have scheduled their 2020-2021 Season to start on October 24th. 
    • La bohème by Giacomo Puccini @ San Diego Civic Theatre
      Main Stage Series
      • Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 7:30pm
      • Tuesday,October 27, 2020 at  7:30pm
      • Friday, October 30, 2020 at 7:30pm
      • Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 2:00pm
    • One Amazing Night @ The Balboa Theatre 
      Detour Series
      • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7:30pm
    • All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 @ The Balboa Theatre
      Detour Series
      • Friday, December 4, 2020 at 7:30pm
      • Saturday,  December 5, 2020 at 7:30pm
      • Sunday, December 6, 2020 at  2:00pm
    • Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini @ San Diego Civic Theatre
      Main Stage Series
      • Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:30pm
      • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:30pm
      • Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:30pm
      • Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:00pm
    • Aging Magician @ The Balboa Theatre
      Detour Series
      • Friday, March 26, 2021 at 7:30pm
      • Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2:00pm
      • Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 7:30pm 
    • The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini @ San Diego Civic Theatre
      Main Stage Series
      • Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:30pm
      • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:30pm
      • Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7:30pm
      • Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 2:00pm

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