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July 2, 2020

With July 4th weekend around the corner, the powers that be in California are not messing around. After already closing down bars, dine-in restaurants are ordered to shut down for three weeks. State beaches, including their parking lots, are ordered closed for the holiday weekend. It appears the surge in coronavirus cases since Memorial Day holiday is what has prompted the closures.

After a walk with Lola a little while ago, I saw a sad story about a 51-year old Riverside County, California, man who died June 20 after ignoring social distancing guidelines when he attended a party. The day before he died, he wrote on Facebook, “Because of my stupidity I put my mom and sisters and my family’s health in jeopardy. This has been a very painful experience. Hopefully with God’s help, I’ll be able to survive this.”

Officials are now begging people to stay at home this holiday weekend and to celebrate only with their family units. And I’m seeing more and more reminders – even a post from my doctor on LinkedIn – asking everyone to wear a mask in public to halt the spread of Covid-19.

Perhaps this time-out will make us all think again about what we need to do to have a normal July 4 -- in 2021.

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