Miami-Dade County is slowly re-opening.
Anyone going back to work on Monday needs to wear a face covering, and businesses must test all staff and hire deep cleaners if an employee tests positive for COVID-19.
Those are two of the most sweeping decrees in an order released Friday night by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez outlining the rules that will be in place once businesses are allowed to reopen Monday.
The public schools — and the ones I work at — will remain closed to students for the rest of the school year. My office is open on a limited basis, but I can do what I need to do from home.
Everybody, me included, would like to get back to some semblance of normal. I want my neighbors who own small businesses to get back to work. I want the students to go back to school. Watching graduations, weddings, and funerals on Zoom is no substitution for being there. It’s going to take a while, and we’re probably not going to see life as we knew it again even after there’s a vaccine and everyone has been inoculated.
As for me, I’m staying put. I’m not a worrywart, but I’m pretty sure a week from now we’re going to see a spike in new infections here in Miami-Dade. And I’d rather not be one of them.