By Earl Heath, Contributing Writer

Kids are out of school, mothers are home, fathers are home and some of them are home together. Most stores and restaurants are closed and the ones that are open its like something out of a sci-fi movie.

Workers are wearing mask and gloves. It all due to the corona virus or COVID-19. It’s been the most deadliest virus to hit the world in a while.

One CVS store has encased checkout registers for employees protection.
Self-Check-out does not have this. (Earl Heath Photo)

The CVS store on Vine Street set up a plastic shield hanging from above and is draped around it’s checkout counter for prevention. Patrons would pass money under the clear plastic. “It’s a different world” said one man wearing a medical mask standing in line six feet behind the lady in front of him. “There are a lot of things that will be done different.”

Many grocery stores including Food-4-Less have all cashiers wearing gloves. They also have put up plastic shields between their workers and customers for protection when checking out. You encounter lines set up six feet apart to enhance social distances.

When you look down Martin Luther King Blvd in Los Angeles there is little movement with fewer cars, bus’s and fewer people. Hollywood Blvd. looks like a ghost town. This is due to a stay at home order by Governor Newsome and Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti.

Our unemployment state wide and on a national level has taken a major hit. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, appearing on NBC’s Today Show, said what businesses and analysts already know, “We may as well be in a recession.”

“This is a unique situation,” Powell added. “People are being asked to close their business, to stay home from work, and to not engage in certain economic activity, and so they are pulling back. At a certain point, we will get the virus under control and confidence will return.”

Yes the world around us has changed. We don’t know when or if it will return like it was. From the Shores of Santa Monica, to the great state of Texas and the mountains that surround Atlanta, the roads of North Carolina and Virginia, to the awesome land of Connecticut I wish everyone to stay safe and sound.