Live in the Time of Coronavirus: pt 15, Dipping a Toe in the Water

Dipping a toe in the waterAs states begin re-opening, governments, businesses, and individuals test what works and what does not.  Everyone and every group have a different opinion and love to share why their point of view is correct.

In Wisconsin, the State Supreme Court struck down the governor’s declaration to stay at home.  In Oregon, the State Supreme Court overruled a lower court’s decision that limiting religious services violated freedom of religion and that the rest of the governor’s Stay At Home orders were null and void.

For many it’s which is more important:

  • the economic health of the community or
  • the physical health of the community.

Re-opening is a balancing act between jumpstarting the economy while continuing to contain further Covid-19 outbreaks.

Virginia began it’s phased re-opening on Friday–a sunny, gorgeous 80 something day.  My husband and I celebrated by meeting another couple for lunch at  11 when the brewpub opened.  Although we drove to the restaurant in separate cars we did share a spacious table under a cheerful umbrella.

Restaurant experience.

Blue Mountain Brewery had done a wonderful job of spreading out the tables across its spacious patio and front yard with a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The wait staff was wearing masks; nobody was allowed inside except to use the bathrooms.  The tape was stretched from the entryway directly to the bathrooms for those who did not know where the bathrooms were or hoping to order from the taped off bar.

The menus were paper but the cutlery and plating were the ones that the restaurant always used.  Water was self serve from a table set up nearby.


We split an artichoke and spinach dip before my husband had a turkey wrap and I had a small Ceasar salad with chicken. We each had a side of some delicious baked beans. He drank a Full Nelson, their flagship pale ale and I had a Bold Rock hard cider.  (I am the only one in my family who does not like beer.)

Winery Experience.

On Saturday, we went to one of our favorite wineries, Cardinal Point.  Virginia wineries can only

  • Cardinal Point logoserve outside (no wine tasting at  a counter)
  • at 50% of their normal capacity.

Many have opened, some require reservations to ensure that these guidelines can be maintained. Some of the appointments are limited to two hours so that the winery staff can sanitize the seating area before the next group arrives.

Many of the wineries limit the initial appointments to wine club members only.  Although Cardinal Point does not charge for a reservation, many are charging between $10 and $25.  One whose name I do not remember and will not patronize anyway is charging $145 for a reservation.  Any wine purchased will be deducted from the reservation price.

Some sell food and all of them encourage guests to bring picnics from home, as well as the utensils.  Some say you have to take out whatever you bring in, except for the wine they would like to sell you.

Love at Cardinal Point Winery

At Cardinal Point, we split a bottle of Green Wine (very similar to Portuguese Vinho Verde) and a bag of savory snacks.

Cardinal Point with social distancing

DMV Experience

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles opened yesterday.  I needed to renew something and made an appointment online last week for 8:55 this morning.  The DMV limits the number of customers inside.  If you arrive more than 10 minutes early you need to wait outside until they call your number.

I got there at  8:50 as one of the DMV workers came out to look for me.  She lead me inside and looked around for an open window. (Every other window has a plexiglass shield in front it and the in-between stations are empty.).  A single chair is placed in front of each manned window.  (The rows of chairs where you normally wait for 20-60 minutes after standing in line for 20 minutes or longer so you can get a number to go wait in one of the chairs, had been removed.)

I was required to wear a mask and had my temperature taken before I went inside.  It was the most pleasant experience I have ever had at the DMV–in an out in under 10 minutes.

DMV by appointment and with Coronavirus social restrictions

15 thoughts on “Live in the Time of Coronavirus: pt 15, Dipping a Toe in the Water”

  1. Hey, I’ve been to Blue Mountain Brewery! It’s a pretty location. Dear Husband and I went on a date, too. It was a walk-up DQ, and we had to line up 6 feet apart, and the servers wore masks, and no pen-signing for the credit card. I think they handled it really well, but the line was LONG (very popular place!).

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    1. I like DQ too. What did you get? Blue Mountain Brewery is a fun place. I heard it got mobbed on Saturday afternoon which is why we went on Friday when it first opened.


  2. Great that you and Bob can get out. We are still locked down here. When we do reopen, some restaurants have petitioned the city to close streets so that they can have more seating area. Hair salons may not open until July so I am forced to cut my own hair. Not a pretty sight. And I agree with you about reopening–it is a balancing act between health and economy.

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  3. Thanks, Bonnie. I saw your haircut in a recent Zoom and it looks a lot better than I’d have expected based upon what you have been saying. I like the idea of closing off some streets to provide more seating area. Bob and I went to Barboursville Winery yesterday to have lunch on their deck. It was very chilly overcast day that felt more like March than May. I was not surprised to find that we had the deck to ourselves. Mine is getting witchier by the day. Now that it has grown out so much, it looks like I dyed it myself and only got the top layer which is exactly why I have NOT tried to dye it myself.


  4. I am afraid that Covid 19 has been hijacked as both a political tool and an excuse for poor performance. The disease is real (I lost three cousins in Italy) but it has been blown way out of proportion, Shutting down an entire world economy over a “bad flu” is just plain nuts.

    On the other hand, after reading your DMV experience, I must add that I too have had unexpected pleasant treatments in our forays out of the house. Thank God humanity takes the upper hand.

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  5. It’s rare and usually appreciated. I can’t understand the ‘It’s all about me” crowd that think that wearing a mask is an attack on their personal liberties. Get over yourself, person.


  6. A very different experience from what one had to do. It is not known how long these rules will last, but the fact of leaving the house is a relief. Meanwhile, the world is still debating which is the priority at the moment: Economy or health. And that goes a long way.

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  7. We’ve just had a very light easing of our restrictions – we can now go out whenever we want for exercise (previously it was once a day) and can drive out for the day. Some schools are due to open next month but there is still much discussion about whether it’s safe or not.

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      1. We’re in phase 3, which will be in July but it’s not likely we’ll just re-open with a full service – it will probably be very limited to start with – loads of things to think about, from social distancing, to how we deal with people using the PCs, to how you could allow book browsing……

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