We took a trip to Long Island this weekend for a baseball tournament that my son was in. We didn't quite know what to expect. Not only at the baseball tournament but in the new "normal" COVID world. What we encountered were a different type of people we met and a whole new way of living and playing.
Stewart's ice cream is amazing. Not only are all of their flavors delicious, but they come up with some pretty clever names for their creamy concoctions. This time they are celebrating the fact that COVID cases are declining and restrictions are easing up. Their latest ice cream flavor is called "Sweet Return to Normal".
My mom turns 76 today and what a year it has been. Not only during COVID but my mom has been through some crazy things this year too. As I look back on the year, it all started with a surprise drive-by parade and we had no idea if or when we would be able to celebrate again.
There has been so much loss throughout this pandemic and none more than with the elderly in the Capital Region. The Department for Aging has launched the Albany County Quarantine and Memorial Quilt Project. It is an effort to have families and friends of loved ones who have lost someone to COVID-19 to express themselves about the pandemic while honoring those they have lost.
New York has dropped the requirement to quarantine following exposure to COVID if the person has been fully vaccinated. This policy applies to everyone who received their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
On Monday, Governor Cuomo announced that New York City's indoor dining establishments could reopen starting February 12, at 25% capacity. Today the Governor announced that sports arenas and stadiums with a capacity of 10,000 or more can reopen as early as February 23rd.