Everyday life changed quickly for all of us, as our communities took decisive steps to limit the spread of COVID-19. Students were sent home from school, beauty salons closed, doctor appointments were canceled and within a week or so most retail had temporarily shut down.
Yet as the streets emptied of daily commuters there are some people who continue to go to work every day: grocery store clerks, postal workers, waste management staff, first responders and of course medical workers, just to mention a few.
Today we thank all of you who face a day on the front-lines. Our hearts go to everyone who leaves home and family behind to keep our communities going - you are remarkable people and we are so very thankful for you.
To our grocery store clerks and stockers - we see you, we value you and we thank you. You quickly adapted to a new and safer way to interact with shoppers under circumstances that change every day.
To our doctors and nurses, our pharmacists and lab assistants, to everyone in the healthcare business: thank you for continuing to do what you do. Thank you for working through scarcity of personal protection equipment, for improvising and keeping going through this pandemic.
As coffee houses, gyms and restaurants shut down and we found ourselves more and more isolated from our neighbors, many suggested we start writing letters. Every day like clockwork postal workers deliver letters and magazines and packages - a lifeline of paper stretched from friend to friend and from family far away to their destinations. Thank you for being there for us.
And to all our favorite restaurants, to those of you who make our hearts pitter-patter with your crisp salads and silky smooth sauces, thank you for your new business models put into place overnight - we know that wasn't easy. We miss you and we thank you for still satisfying our cravings.
We work and live in resilient communities where people look out for one another during times of hardship - thank you to all the helpers out there. You are all essential and together we stay strong.