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A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER ON #COVID19

Mar 15, 2020 10:35PM ● By Pam Kessler

We’re in unchartered waters Walnut Creek and expect at the very least, the next two weeks to be pretty choppy for our community and others across the country. We’ll learn how to practice social-distancing—keeping a 6-foot space from the people around us—and wash our hands frequently, wipe down doors and seats on public transportation, and stay at home as much as possible. It seems that the sooner we come to terms with making dramatic changes in our daily lives, the sooner this national health emergency will be over.

Since only a handful of Americans have been tested for #COVID19, it’s impossible to know how far-reaching it has spread or what the impact will be in the Bay Area. This is one of the reasons California decided to close all bars, wineries, and breweries on March 16. Restaurants must reduce seating capacity by 50%, and adults 65 years and older have been told to quarantine.

Scientists and doctors say are telling us we need to “flatten the curve” immediately on community spread so our hospitals and healthcare workers are not completely overwhelmed. Please, please, do everyone a huge favor and stay inside as much as possible over the next 14 days. We’ll be keeping you company online by sharing daily updates from the city, county, and world about closures, best practices, and how to support our community during this crisis.  You can connect with us on Instagram, Facebook , and walnutcreekmagazine.com.

I'd also like to ask another favor...the next time you hit the grocery store, please remember there is plenty of food, toilet paper, and Clorox wipes to go around and leave some on the shelf for other people. We do not have a food shortage. Weekly farmers’ markets are another resource for fresh food and some are closed and some are open. Sunday Downtown canceled its March 15 market, but Saturday at Shadelands is still on. It seems like a good time to load vitamins and nutrients from fruits and vegetables.

It’s not an exaggeration to say many local restaurants are holding on right now for survival. One way we can support them is by picking up lunch or dinner curbside or getting it delivered. Let’s stay connected online and try to remember we are all in this together. 
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