Time To Buckle Down

This time last week it was business as usual, tonight I’m applying for unemployment insurance benefits. Cheerful optimism fell laughably short of calculating the impact of COVID-19 on my livelihood. Corporate client cancellations started trickling in seven days ago. Come Wednesday a swanky event at Science World cancelled with less than 24 hours notice. The following day cancellation notice came moments before guest arrival. Seems coronavirus concerns outweighed $12,000 invoice for calling it quits on the spot. I sent staff home with assurance they’d be paid for time and inconvenience. Yesterday, end of business concluded with notice all venues, universities, conferences and corporate meetings were cancelled until April 30th. As of yesterday I’m a hospitality causality of COVID-19.

Time to buckle down. Went shopping today, grocery store shelves were stripped of canned goods, meat, frozen vegetables, bread and cold/flu medication. Being a workaholic I’ll need time to adjust. On the upside my kitchen needs a fresh coat of paint – looks like I’ll have time to polish my nest.

13 thoughts on “Time To Buckle Down

  1. I’m glad you found the silver lining, notes. It’s looking like I’ll be doing some more child care — we have a daughter-in-law who’s a Public Health Nurse; she did a 22-hr shift on her on-call weekend and is ‘out straight’. The toilet paper scarcity hasn’t reached here yet as we have no confirmed cases. I’m sure it’ll happen, though. I’ve always been teased about my tendency to have six months worth of supplies in my cold room but it looks like it might be a good thing. Now I’m wishing I’d bought that crokinole board. :). Stay safe!

    • The toilet paper panic is curious. Heard a doctor on CBC radio today speculating tp hoarding stems from misconception coronavirus causes intestinal distress. Go figure and wash your hands. sigh and hugs. 🙂

      • It’s a head-shaker for sure.

        We’ve told the grandchildren that if school gets cancelled past March Break, I’ll be their teacher. It wasn’t well-received. 😉

      • As I commented elsewhere, I think the toilet paper fiasco is related to the rumors (?) that cities and towns could go on lock-down, which means stores would be unable to restock. There’s also been scuttlebutt that people might be confined to their homes … which would mean using food and “other items” on-hand.

        I tend to think it’s all part of a “panic-mode,” but since never being in this type of situation, who knows what might actually happen?

  2. It is my understanding, according to my know-it-all upstairs tenant, that the Fed. Gov’t has mandated those shut-downs. I hope they follow up on their promises to reimburse you for your losses. I mean, you’re the “victim” in this craziness.

    • I’ll be happy if my EI claim goes through without a fuss. I’m out of work for who knows how long, as are all 3 of my children who work in the service industry. Still waiting for news the federal government will include waiver of 7 day EI waiting period to include hospitality workers (currently only quarantined citizens are eligible forgiveness of 7 day waiting period). Sigh.

      • The more “stuff” I heard today, the more I felt as if we had been attacked and were preparing to repel a military invasion; like we were suddenly in the middle of a war. For a conspiracy person like me, that scenario is just too rich with ideas – I shut it down, changed my train of thought to other things. Now I’m just focusing on standing by ready to lend whatever help I can to whomever should it be needed or demanded. Otherwise, I’m blending into the woodwork… Maybe I’ll post a sign on my door saying “Viruses Keep Out: Beware Immunity!”

      • PS, little known fact – COVID-19 is a member of a large coronavirus family. SARS and MERS are notable former coronavirus outbreaks, but truth is every man, woman and child on Earth has likely been infected by coronavirus at some point in their life.

      • Yes and no, COVID-19 happens to be particularly infectious. Coronavirus are common in the animal world. SARS passed from animals to humans courtesy civet cats, MERS transmission is credited to dromedary camels, COVID-19 most likely bats. Virus are tricky, they adapt, evolve and spread with a wide range of tenacity.

  3. Working from home now, officially confined except for critical errants (food and medical). For now my team continues to work remotely. I’m in air cargo and that might keep us busy since the demand has gone up even though passenger flights have dropped to all but zero.

    What will the world look like when we get to the other side Notes. Let’s rethink the damn thing, it feels like we’re give free reign to do so.

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