Locals Karen and Guy Hamilton, walking Bowie and Sonia, were enjoying the sunshine and window shopping on Queen Street.
“We were in need of some fresh air, and so were they,” she says, gesturing to the two pets who help keep them active.
They had been grocery shopping for “a few bits we need,” before the store was too busy, and they were consciously avoiding crowded areas.
‘We’re getting outside and enjoying the town without being in close contact with people,” says Karen.
“We’re retired, we’re both in good health, and we can decide when we want to spend time in town. We’re watching the news to see what happens, but it will still be there when we get home,” says Karen, about the updates on the COVID-19 virus, which in the last couple of days has been emphasizing social distancing.
“You have to turn it off sometimes, but we’re learning new information all the time, such as how it’s transmitted. It’s important information. We’re trying to educate ourselves. And we want to be sure we’re being vigilant. We listen for awhile, and then we turn it off and discuss what we’ve heard.”
They had tickets for a concert in St. Catharines — now cancelled, but they wouldn’t have attended if it had gone ahead.
They might have ventured out to a restaurant, but they’re cautious while they’re out, says Karen, pulling gloves out of her pocket.
They were expecting the arrival of their son, who was going to work from their home, and their granddaughter. They are looking forward to the visit, but not sure what they will be doing to entertain the youngster while her father worked — they are hoping for good weather.
As they walked away with their dogs, Karen said, while social distancing may be good for our physical health, it can pose a danger to mental health, especially for those who live alone.
“If you’re someone who likes being around people, social distancing is sad.”