Signs of the times.
“Wash your hands.
That’s the message this week on the signboard outside Holy Angels Church as the enormity of the COVID-19 pandemic hits even our small corner of the world.
No cases yet in St. T and Elgin. At least, none as of this writing. But the Ontario Health Ministry updates its count twice a day on its website.
And signs are popping up here and there, on doors and signboards and online, reflecting a community’s concern, and response.
I’ve always described St. Thomas and Elgin as a place where we like to double-knot our bootlaces.
It sure was a surprise to see the signs of panic overcoming common sense this week, as shelves at the grocery stores were stripped bare of toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water and foodstuffs.
And, then, increasingly strident signs limiting purchases … until they turned bright red at one store, warning in no uncertain terms that that limit was per family — a prohibition, I guess, on loading up individually by husband and wife and kiddies.