I figured today I would just write down some of my thoughts on the current state of the world and hospitality in general. Today I decided to walk around and try out my new face mask (safety first)!
Since I've been otherwise stuck inside for the past month, I figured it would be nice to go outside and see how the city is reacting to the pandemic. It was very interesting to see the social distancing (or lack thereof) as well as the number of people wearing masks (or not). Walking through various parks and hotspots, I noticed that it was about 60/40 for people wearing masks vs people not wearing masks. While mostly there was not a huge distinction between who was and was not wearing masks I noticed that almost every single runner and biker was not wearing a mask. I'm not sure if it's because it makes it harder to breathe or not during exercise but it seems weird to run to be healthy but to avoid wearing a mask. I also noticed that the split for people staying 6 feet apart from each other was about 50/50.
It's so fascinating to see how some attractions which usually have thousands of visitors every day are now completely empty and seemingly devoid of life. There are signs on every front door apologizing for being closed and offering assurances that they will reopen as soon as possible. Of course now that we all have some free time all the bars and restaurants are closed for business, eh?
Let's all just hope that we get through this safe and sound. Please stay safe, encourage social distancing, and don't leave the house without some form of protective facial covering.
I have nearly a decade of experience in hospitality across the country. With this experience comes some stories to tell and advice to give.