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Thursday, May 7, 2020

My Covid-19 "New Normal" Life by Katherine LaFollette

When the stay at home order took effect here in Indiana on March 23, 2020, I remember thinking that this was going to be so hard for a lot of people to do.  Not everyone likes to stay inside for long periods of time.  I remember going to the grocery store to get some much needed items and looking around in horror as the shelves were almost bare.  I have a two year old at home and I had to stop at three different stores before I found the size diapers my son wears.  I was always a homebody even before this, however, the only difference from then to now is that I couldn’t take my kids to the park or to the store with me.  With everything that was going on, I wanted to protect them from what others might have been carrying.  I still remember driving through downtown during what was supposed to be “rush hour” just to see the streets so empty.  It reminded me of those apocalyptic movies I like to watch so much.  But since the State is slowly starting to open back up, I’ve notice more people out and about. 

I work Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  I drive from Beech Grove to Carmel five days a week.  Before the stay at home order went into effect, the traffic would be at a standstill on my way to and from work.  When the order went into effect, our firm decided that we would all take turns in the office so we could practice social distancing. So when it was my day in the office, there was no traffic at all and I could make it to work in twenty-five minutes.  Now that businesses are slowly starting to open back up, the traffic is increasing again and I am seeing more people outside in big groups. 

As we start to open the economy back up, it is important to remember that we are not out of the clear just yet.  We still have new confirmed cases every day.  So we still need to stay vigilant and take precautionary measures to make sure we flatten the curve.  When you are out in public, remember to wear a mask.  The chances of transmitting the coronavirus is a lot lower if everyone is wearing a mask.  Carry hand sanitizer with you so you can use it after touching things.  When you go shopping, wiping down the shopping cart will help to stop the spread.  I do this even after the cart attendant says that they have already been wiped down.  Remember to stay six feet apart from other people. 

Severns & Howard is also continuing to taking measures to keep our clients, their families, and our staff healthy and safe.  The firm is still operating on a limited contact basis.  So that means we will continue to meet with our clients via telephone and video conferences where possible and will be conducting limited in office meetings as necessary to meet our client’s legal needs.  We will be scheduling only one to two in-person client meetings per day to maintain social distancing practices and limit the number of guests and staff in our office each day.  Our staff is continuing to operate remotely when possible and we all take turns in the office to receive telephone messages, process mail, and meet any in-office needs of our clients.  We are being so diligent in cleaning all areas and surfaces before and after every meeting, as well as wearing masks during all in person meetings. 

I am a believer that if we continue to practice safe social distancing then we can beat this.  So the sooner we can knock this coronavirus out, the sooner we can get back to “normal.”  Be safe everyone. 


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