At work everything is about the same as my last update. Staffing is still hovering at about 65% and there have been no cases reported in my work area. I still don’t personally know anyone that has contracted it, or at least knows they have.
Last Monday I went to a gun shop for the first time in three weeks. In Kentucky gun shops are “essential” and cannot be closed. This particular store is on the smaller side but usually well stocked with mostly new firearms, handguns and AR-15s, pump shotguns, etc. That day they were stripped bare of guns. They had exactly two handguns and three long guns in the whole shop. The pistols were both CZ and the long guns were nondescript single/double barrel shotguns. The shop still had a modest amount of ammunition, although prices had risen slightly since I was there the first week of April. While I was there I bought some more Federal 12 gauge 00Buck, up a $1.25 from last time.
Tuesday I went to Walmart for the first time in over a month. The cashiers are encased in Plexiglas, there are six foot spacing markers taped on every bit of the sales floor. Tape arrows are also in every isle to tell in which direction you need to be going. They have barricaded the front entrance in such a way that people entering and leaving can’t get within twenty feet of each other. You actually have to walk about two hundred feet out of your way to enter the store. The whole thing seems to be constructed with the presumption that their customers have an IQ under 80 and no commonsense at all.
As bad as that is it’s actually worse where I work. They have the same six foot spacing markers as well but they used permanent paint. There are also signs about keeping your distance from others, wearing masks, washing your hands, etc., but the best part are the little morale boosting messages. They’re everywhere, handmade posters on the walls and even written on the sidewalks with brightly colored chalk. Short, perky messages designed to lift your spirit in this time of crisis. Messages like “Don’t worry” “Be brave” and “We’ll get through this” give the place a weird industrial nursery school vibe, especially when you consider the entire complex is surrounded with chain link fence topped with razor wire.
More updates to follow.