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Anybody else "essential" during Covid-19?

Discussion in 'The Open Mic (Non Music Related)' started by Verne, Mar 22, 2020.

  1. Verne

    Verne

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    Dec 29, 2018
    Location:
    London, Ontario
    I drive for Purolator (33yrs now) and right now, although volume has dropped a bit because of business closures, we aren't being told to go home and self isolate or anything. We're being told to be to work because we are needed right now. Myself, I am keeping a very close eye on the case numbers here in London. I suffer Bronchitis usually twice a year, so any respiratory illness that can turn to pneumonia or become fatal gets my full attention. I am waiting to hear back from the Telehealth people on whether I am high risk or not. Luckily my delivery area is mostly commercial and industrial, and very very little residential, so exposure may be lower hopefully.

    Who else is out there on the front lines doing their job? Are you essential, or isolated enough that you aren't affected at work?
     
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  2. DaddyShred

    DaddyShred

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    Aug 11, 2019
    Location:
    CA
    At my work we are not "essential" but we are still open.

    Essentially we are general contractors. No road calls (there are never any at this time of year anyway) so we are working at the shop. There's 10 of us, two in their 70s, one in their 60s, the rest in their 40s/50s and I'm the youngest at 30.

    So far no news if we are staying open or closing, but tbh we will most likely stay open until someone tells us to shut down with a firm foot.
     
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  3. Budda

    Budda Gold Member

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    May 29, 2007
    Location:
    London, Ontario
    We are deemed essential because we service rural communities with pet and farm supplies (we sell snacks but not grocery or convenience store levels).

    I booked two weeks off, tomorrow is day one. I have family and friends here who would be in even rougher shape if I were to unknowingly pass this on to them.

    Only way we shut down is if the province or country shuts down completely.
     
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  4. greco

    greco Gold Member

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    Jul 15, 2007
    Location:
    Kitchener, Ontario
    I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone doing "essential" work to help us during these times. Your work does not go unnoticed and unappreciated.
     
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  5. Budda

    Budda Gold Member

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    May 29, 2007
    Location:
    London, Ontario
    Worth noting: my partner is an occupational therapist at a hospital, and an essential service. Gonna be interesting to see how things play out.

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  6. RBlakeney

    RBlakeney Gold Member

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    Mar 12, 2017
    Location:
    Halifax, ns
    I work for the bank. Apparently money is essential.
     
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  7. torndownunit

    torndownunit Gold Member

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    Location:
    Orangeville, Ontario
    I have friends working in places like grocery and pet stores that are still open and the amount of shit they are taking from customers makes me so disappointed in humanity. I've always respected retail workers because it's a job I couldn't do without punching people in the face. While my interactions are very limited right now, the only person I have seen was the grocery pickup guy at Walmart, I am being especially polite and thanking them.

    You want to hear something frustrating? The Walmart grocery pickup people can't take tips. The guy said there are only 2 of them working at the Walmart here, and they are dealing with 300% the normal orders. I told the guy, I am just going to accidentally drop this money into the box you brought the stuff out in, and maybe you will accidentally find it.
     
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  8. boyscout

    boyscout Gold Member

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    Feb 13, 2009
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    TD has sent me email saying that they're closing some - but not all - of their branches and assuring that all ATMs will be operational.
     
  9. RBlakeney

    RBlakeney Gold Member

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    Location:
    Halifax, ns
    Most banks are closing some branches, but I don’t work for a branch. I manage a department which keeps things operational.
     
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  10. guitarman2

    guitarman2 Gold Member

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    Aug 25, 2006
    Location:
    Brantford, Ontario
    My wife is a manager of an organization that is essential services. At present she is doing something 7 days a week as far as planning meetings ect. She's in a conference meeting right now from home.
    I work in the IT department of a company that supplies infrastructure hardware for Bell, Ontario Hydro and Quebec hydro. So far we are still going but I've ordered a bunch of laptops for the engineering department and other office staff that don't already have a laptop, in case they are made to work at home. Though if the plant gets closed I don't know what work there will be to do.
     
  11. cboutilier

    cboutilier

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    Jan 12, 2016
    Location:
    Halifax, NS
    I used to be, when I was a vacuum truck operator. Maintaining municipal systems, power plants, etc.

    Now I'm a school teacher. We don't know where we stand at the moment. If I don't get to go back to teach, you'll likely see me get back in the saddle and go back to work keeping the city running.
     
  12. Electraglide

    Electraglide

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    Jan 23, 2010
    Location:
    The road
    I'm retired, so no essential but I have a cousin and a couple of friends who are/were retired, 3 second cousins who are ER nurses and a great nephew who. an EMT. All on the coast and as far as I know all working.
     
  13. LanceT

    LanceT

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    Mar 7, 2014
    Location:
    Maple Ridge, BC
    Not essential except to the bank.
     
  14. Stephenlouis

    Stephenlouis Gold Member

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    Jun 24, 2019
    Location:
    Maple Bay Duncan
    Vancouver Island health authority, working my ass off to be honest.
     
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  15. marcos

    marcos Gold Member

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    Jan 13, 2009
    Location:
    Canada
    Much love for all of you who are working at any level. May you remain safe through all this.
     
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