Life Locked Down


The first cases of Covid-19 were reported in December, 2019. Back then, we all thought it was a problem halfway around the world and didn't pay it much attention.


One month later, Canada's first case was reported in Toronto. 


On March 11, 2020, two days before my family and I were planning to go to Lisbon, Portugal for March break, the WHO declared a pandemic. The next day, the Ontario government announced it would close all schools for the next two weeks. Across Canada and the U.S., everything was cancelled and our world went topsy-turvy. 


A few days later, Ontario was on lock-down - all non-essential businesses were to close. Panic-buying set in and finding toilet paper was like finding gold. "Flattening the curve" and "social distancing" were now in our lexicon.


With most of the city closed and families urged to stay home, our normally busy urban landscape now looks surreal - like someone built an entire city, but no one came.


 A new normal had set in. The only question now remains is, for how long? 


April 27, 2020


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