Here are some rules for social distancing that a lot of people don’t seem to grasp:
1. DON’T GO TO YOUR FRIENDS HOUSE. PERIOD.
That means you can’t have board game nights even if you’re sat at other ends of the table. No coffee dates. Don’t get together to sing some tunes.
2. DON’T GO TO CROWDED PARKS FOR WALKS.
Places like Bowring Park are on wheels so go somewhere more isolated if you can. As a wheelchair user I’d someday like to go for a stroll there b/c it’s accessible but I can’t because you & your army of friends are there feeding the ducks.
3. RUN ESSENTIAL ERRANDS AS FEW TIMES AS POSSIBLE.
Don’t keep going to Dominion just because it’s open and you want to have a yarn with strangers in the produce aisle. Go out as few times as you can and only run essential errands. Try to do curbside grocery pickup if possible.
Hey @CityofStJohns - I often feel let down by your urgency to make things accessible and I’m disappointed that you’re largely ignoring the disability community in St. John’s in your responses to things like snow clearing and sidewalks. So I want to paint a picture for you.
I am a fairly new part time wheelchair user. I switch between my wheelchair, my rollator and crutches. My wheelchair is the best method for me to get around because it causes the least amount of damage to my joints and muscles. But I have to use what works best for a situation.
In an ideal world I would use my chair to get around most of the time. I would use it to go for supper, go shopping, go for appts, to do leisurely things with my friends. But even when it isn’t winter there are many times when I have to choose between my chair or being left out.
I’m a chronic illness blogger. If you find me on social media you can see immediately that I have multiple chronic illnesses. This opens me up to a vast array of messages on Instagram from people who want to heal me for money. (Thread)
I always google the Thing they tell me will cure me once and for all. I immediately recognize it as pseudo science and I tell them they should be ashamed for preying on vulnerable sick people before I ultimately block them and move on.
Today I received a message from a company called Scalar Light. I clicked on their profile and from their Instagram bio I knew it was bad. Basically anyone telling someone with an incurable illness or genetic condition that they can be CURED is proof enough that it’s bullshit.