Opening Up


Sakura theme display at Gardens by the Bay, nice and not crowded.

With the low number of Covid cases in the community, Singapore is gradually opening up. I have mixed feelings about this.

It’s getting more crowded on the roads as more are going to work, so no more smooth speedy journeys through deserted roads. One must aside more time for traveling or be late.

Mask discipline is falling and fewer people are properly masked. It always irks me when their masks are off and they are carrying on loud conversations… near me.

Is it possible to get so used to social distancing that “going back to normal” brings anxiety?

April 5 is the day – WFH or work from home will no longer be the default, and more people can go back to work in offices. Larger gatherings will be allowed at work, weddings, concerts, funerals.

I look forward to more live music performances, because these can be enjoyed with masks on and nobody talking! Currently, tickets are few and quickly sold out as the number of attendees is severely restricted.

Until then, perhaps I should try to fit in more visits to tourist attractions that are normally too crowded but now a pleasure to visit with crowd controls.

4 thoughts on “Opening Up”

  1. There is a certain excitement that accompanies “returning to normal”. I have found that the excitement is reserved for being with friends and is not shared when I am in a store and surrounded by unknown people. Then excitement and normalcy are replaced with irritation that other individuals have 100% disregard for personal space (even in public). I think many of us share your feelings. We will all have to find our “new normal”. Best wishes finding balance.

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    1. Totally agree with you. The new changes mainly involve getting more back to work and allowing larger groups to meet. We have already been meeting close family and friends so in a way, no improvement there.

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