COVID19 update: another lockdown?
Are we going into lockdown? Well, it depends where you live in Italy. Under Italy’s newest emergency decree there’s a national three-tier framework that dictates the rules of each region. The three zones are yellow (most lenient), orange, and red (most strict). Each region is evaluated on 21 indicators to determine which zone they fall under and the zones are continually updated.
Nationally, we have a curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM every night. Museums, galleries, cinemas, theaters, gyms, and a few other establishments are closed. Shopping centers are closed on the weekends and all high schools are returning to remote learning. Restaurants, bars, and gelato shops have to stop service to the public at 6 PM but can continue doing take out and delivery until 10 PM. Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s Prime Minister, has asked people to limit their travel even if they’re living in a region with more lenient rules. This includes taking public transit and private travel. Masks are still mandatory to be worn at all times except in the comfort of your own home.
For regions in the yellow zone, there are no additional restrictions. Lazio (the region where Rome is) has been yellow since the framework was introduced. Conte declared new orange and red zones this evening and thankfully Lazio is still yellow.
For regions in the orange zone, in addition to the other restrictions, you cannot travel outside your city/town unless it’s for an essential reason like work, school, or health and you must have a self authorization form. Restaurants are closed to the public all day but take out and delivery are allowed until the 10 PM curfew.
For regions in the red zones, in addition to all the restrictions listed above you cannot travel within your own city/town unless it’s for essential reasons and you must have a self-authorization form. All businesses are closed except for essential businesses like grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and a few others. Middle schools must return to distant learning. Sports are canceled and only solo exercises like walking, running, and biking are permitted.
So, how are we doing? Last week was so stressful and I stayed up many nights until the sun came up waiting for election results. JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS, BABY! Did you hear that glass ceiling shatter?! #ImSpeaking I care about Black lives, gun violence, healthcare, the environment, women’s right to choose, LGBTQIA+ rights, immigrants’ rights and so much more. I voted for Biden and Harris because as a woman of color my life literally depends on it. My best friends’ lives depend on it. My nieces’ lives depend on it. If not for me, I want a better world for them and for my future children.
Life has slowed down substantially for both of us. I haven’t taken public transit in almost two weeks, the Uber Jump bikes have become my new favorite thing, and I have stopped meeting with friends for coffee, lunch, or aperitivo. Jaime’s team has gone to 50/50 split shifts to prevent the entire team from having to quarantine if someone contracts COVID19. We had a calendar full of visitors for spring and fall this year, all of which have been understandably canceled but still sad nonetheless. We hadn’t planned to spend this much time without the company of our friends and family, so everyone’s plans being upended was as upsetting to us as it was to everyone who had to cancel their travels. We have never been so thankful for technology as we are now. The ability to FaceTime and keep in touch with people at any hour of the day has made it seem like we aren’t halfway around the world.
For years, Jaime has been interested (more like obsessed) in leather craftsmanship and earlier this week he ordered supplies to make wallets and bags. I’m excited to see what this hobby develops into for him. He’s been working 10-12 hour days and took a short break from school so keep his sanity, but he’ll be resuming school at the start of 2021. I’ve dedicated myself to discovering and learning new-to-me cuisines and recipes. I love cooking/baking and spend hours a day in the kitchen testing out new recipes and trying new ingredients. At the beginning of the year, I committed myself to read 50 books in 2020… I recently finished my 12th book and more than half of those were from the first three months of the year. I asked Jaime if he thought I could catch up to my 50 book goal by the end of 2020 and we both agreed it was very unlikely. LOLLL. I’ll try again next year. I still have a few donation blankets left to crochet for the shelters at the US-Mexico border. My dyshidrotic eczema has been really bad and I’m pretty sure my flaky skin crocheted into the blankets isn’t what they had in mind when they asked for handmade.
Other than that, we’ve been doing what you’d expect in Italy: drinking lots of wine, eating pasta and pizza, enjoying the occasional gelato, and drinking great coffee. Xena is still her sassy self. Troy has recently had some health scares, but we’ve been in close contact with their vet and have adjusted his diet accordingly.
What have you been doing to pass the time, get your mind off everything happening, and stay busy during this seemingly never-ending pandemic? If you have any Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, podcast, or book recommendations I’d love to read them in the comment section below. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram. I post a lot about daily life and news as we find out about it. You can follow us here.
Miss you all.
Jordan & Jaime