May 6th, 2020 ~ Vol. 90 No. 18
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The Light
Simply Selles by David Selles
 
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
Last week during one of the daily Covid19 updates, it was announced that Alberta would be introducing a three-phase approach to re-opening the province.
Personally, I couldn’t be happier with the decision to begin opening up different services again.
Some of the openings in phase one include the opening of parks and golf courses.
This is very exciting for me as I love to hit the links for a day of golf every so often and I truly believe it’s one of the safest outdoor activities we can do at this time.
It’s certainly going to be safer than going to the grocery store, which we’ve been doing for the last number of weeks already.
While there will no doubt be people who abuse their newfound freedom, I will use this as a way to balance the fact we still have a long way to go.
By being allowed to go to parks or spend time on the golf course, I’m more willing to stay inside and still keep my distance for a longer period of time if needed.
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It’s a fine balance for all of us between taking advantage of the freedoms we’ve been given and abusing the freedoms we’ve been given.
I’m hoping more people can do the former than the latter.
There are many things that need to happen before phases two and three will be implemented and there’s a good change those won’t happen until later in the summer or even into the fall at best.
This isn’t an easy time for most people but I’m hoping that the announcement that was made last week will give people the hope they need that this will pass eventually.
We just need to stay diligent while enjoying what we can.
At this point, I’m still hopeful I’ll be able to enjoy a planned vacation to Ontario in August to celebrate my brothers wedding.
If everyone across the country continues to follow the guidelines, hopefully by that point there’s a large enough number on gathering limitations that allows my family to go.
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I feel that mental health is an important issue that has been slightly overlooked during this pandemic as well.
These new phases can help restore that are of our lives as well by allowing us more flexibility.
I also think that there will be a decent balance between people who feel safer indoors still and the people who will be pushing the boundaries of their new freedoms.
I may be naive in thinking this way but hopefully that helps keep the number of new cases down as well.
We can officially see light at the end of the tunnel now.
Let’s all do our part to ensure there isn’t a cave-in before we reach that light.
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