New York has become a strange new universe because of the coronavirus, and restrictions being put in place starting Sunday night at 8 p.m. will certify what’s already become clear — anything that isn’t connected to people’s health and welfare is shutting down. Social distancing will become a rule — don’t gather with other people, any interactions should be spaced at least six feet apart, etc. You should only go on the subway when it’s absolutely necessary.
Gothamist has a very good rundown of how this will work, including lots of nitty-gritty questions about dental care, laundry and most of your other worries. Here’s the state’s website on what’s “essential.”
Make no mistake — the rules, the growing number of illnesses, this is all…totally devastating. But we’re all in this together (albeit separately!). We at West Side Rag will be doing our best to chronicle it all, brainstorming the best ways to live well and stay healthy on the UWS, and passing along good information from much smarter people.
Through all of it, humans are not going to change. Like Ira Goller at Murray’s Sturgeon Shop, a true Upper West Side treasure on Broadway between 89th and 90th Streets. He sent us this message: “NY state just learned what everyone else knew… that Murray’s Sturgeon Shop is essential. We will continue our normal business hours; 8am-6:45pm 7 days per week.”