How is the situation in your city/ country? Is there a 2nd wave yet?
The conditions surrounding the pandemic have begun to improve. We did have a second wave, our fourth underway right now, however many Canadians have their first or second Covid vaccine so the impact of the virus is not as strong.
How did the atmosphere in your country change within the last months?
Each province has decided on their own reopening strategies, here in Ontario, most of our businesses have reopened with conditions. Masks must still be worn indoors and we have not gotten back to being able to have larger gatherings. People are beginning to live a somewhat normal life, however there is a bit of a divide between vaccinated and non vaccinated.
How are you and your family?
We are great, most of us are fully vaccinated and waiting for the world to open up again!
What was the biggest challenge for you within the last months?
The biggest challenge for me was not being able to travel and watching the travel industry, something I have been apart of for over 7 years, collapse around me. It was quite devastating to watch and my career came to a halt. I had been planning since 2019 to get married and move abroad to Thailand in May 2020. I spent months pulling our dreams together and we sold my car, ended our lease on our apartment and got rid of most of our belongings. I had been waiting my whole life to embark on this adventure and in the blink of an eye, it was gone. It has been incredibly difficult to rebuild my life as I had big plans for my travel business as well but you just have to learn to adapt and be hopeful. Obviously, my troubles are nothing in comparison to what others have experienced, such as the loss of loved ones and being sick themselves, and my heart and good vibes go out to them and their families <3.
When did you realize how serious the situation is?
I realized how serious the situation was when the borders began closing and there was no real plan in place as to when or how we would deal with the pandemic.
How did your government react to the crisis? Which measures/restrictions were taken first?
The government reacted by not taking it as seriously as it should have and did not close most business immediately to reduce the spread. If we had acted faster we may have reduced the impacts. The first measures were starting to talk about closing borders, however the borders never actually completely closed, people were still coming in and out of the country.
Are you satisfied with the measures of your government? What was good/bad?
Covid 19 was something none of us had every experienced, I imagine it must have been difficult to lead a country and try to do what was best, however, the measures taken, such as closing and destroying many small businesses but allowing big box stores to stay open was not the proper way to handle the situation and it was pretty upsetting.
What would you like to say to your government?
I wish that during the pandemic, money and power didn’t supersede lives.
Which sentence of a virologist/politician did you memorize the most?
Do you know anybody who was infected with COVID-19 or even died?
No I do not know anyone personally who was infected with Covid 19.
Have you already done a Coronavirus test or have you been in quarantine?
I have done two tests and was in quarantine for 14 days but came back negative on both tests.
Are you afraid of getting infected with the Coronavirus?
I am fully vaccinated now, I am not so much afraid of getting infected as just not wanting to experience it. I do not like living in fear, but I would not like to get infected either!
How long is/was your lockdown and what was allowed/what wasn´t?
We had many lockdowns, the longest being 2 months I believe. The government declared a state of emergency and issued a stay at home order in which you were not to leave your home unless you were working, getting groceries or visiting a pharmacy.
Did you spend the lockdown time with somebody and what did you do during this time?
I spent the lockdown time with my husband and in-laws as we lived there after our plans to move abroad where postponed. We then moved to Muskoka where we spent the other half and the strictest lockdowns with my sister and her boyfriend.
What did you miss the most during the lockdown? What helped you?
I missed seeing my friends and family the most and traveling. Telling myself that things would eventually be okay and return to normal helped and I spent my spare time getting my real estate license.
How did your work situation change within the last months (shorter hours, working from home, etc.)
My work situation changed as there was no longer a need for a travel agent.
How did your social life (relationship/friendships/dating) change due to the Corona crisis?
I wasn’t able to see friends or family but we stayed in touch through text, email and zoom. I have seen some family and friends since our lockdowns and restrictions began to lift but haven’t been able to see everyone. My relationships did not change that much, we just didn’t see each other for long periods of time.
What impact has the Corona crisis on your financial situation?
When the pandemic began, I lost my job working for a tour company as well as lost all income for my travel business. We are in better shape than before the pandemic actually (probably because I haven’t been able to spend all of my money on travel!).
Social distancing: How does your daily life look like at the moment?
Anytime I go out in public, I wear my mask as required and keep my distance from people in order to respect everyone.
Who are to your opinion the heroes of this crisis?
The doctors and nurses that were on the front lines, fighting to save peoples lives. They are the heroes in this!
What did the crisis show you?
This crisis has shown me that I need to step back and spend more time enjoying life and make more time for my family and friends.
What will you appreciate more after the crisis?
After the pandemic, I will really appreciate having my freedom back, being able to see my loved ones whenever I want and being able to travel this big, beautiful world once again.
Which images will you never forget?
I will never forget seeing the planes grounded all over the world. Some of the busiest highways across nations and usually bustling tourist sites, like a ghost town. I tried to somewhat stay away from the news for a while as it was hard to see and hear, but those images will stay with me for a lifetime.
Which stories/incidents/experiences touched/shattered you the most?
Stories that shattered me the most were of people losing their loved ones in the blink of an eye. It was heartbreaking to see and at times, I was so terrified I would experience that same thing.
What are you afraid of right now?
I am afraid right now, of the divide between people and of how long it may take to really get back to the world we used to know.
What gives you hope?
What gives me hope is seeing progress, seeing the daily numbers of infected individuals drop and seeing the travel industry, slowly but surely, come back to life.
Are you planning to travel within the next months?
I have a trip planned for Mexico and if the world continues to heal, I will be going!
Would you get yourself vaccinated against COVID-19?
Yes, I am fully vaccinated.
What can we all learn from this crisis?
We can all learn to hold your loved ones close, take time to enjoy your life and do not live to work.
If you could give 2020 a headline, what would it be?
The year that the earth lost its soul.