If you are like me, social distancing has you dealing with a whole new set of challenges in your life. Working from home has taken on a whole new meaning as employers have asked nonessential employees to avoid coming into the office for the foreseeable future. Distance learning has our children now vying for the same quiet spaces you may need to use for work-related conference calls. Home Wi-Fi networks are being challenged as Zoom and other webcast services have become your children’s next favorite website to Tik Tok or YouTube. Adults clamoring for other adult interaction have reverted to virtual happy hours and birthday celebrations. Even my children’s dance and guitar lessons have gone virtual.
Locally, social distancing and restrictions on the numbers of individuals meeting in one place have forced our town boards to do things they have never done before. The most recent Board of Ed meeting utilized Zoom and had over 100 participants. Other town boards will be doing the same as we progress through the budget process. This will increase the opportunities for town residents who may not be able to be physically present, to attend meetings and stay informed on what is going on within our town government.