Emergency Gathering In My Hometown


My hometown, in which I have resided all of my nearly 62 years, thinks of everything. Today as I strolled home from the supermarket I noticed a sign in the park. I was momentarily taken aback.

The sign indicated an ’emergency gathering point’. During this pandemic we have all been spending way too much time on our own. From COVID-19 confinement for those who have, or may have, the dreaded coronavirus, to voluntary avoidance of others, we have all gotten to know ourselves a whole lot better than perhaps we ever wanted to.

Evidently, when the time comes that one can take it no more, when they just absolutely must socialize, these gathering points have been made available

What a grand idea. Evidently, when the time comes that one can take it no more, when they just absolutely must socialize, these gathering points have been made available. While the one I passed today seemed empty, I suspect that should someone come to the end of their tether, they can meet with a person at one of these points.

No doubt standard COVID-19 precautions – masks, distancing – will be in effect, but if you’ve gone without bitching about the weather with another human, here’s your opportunity. If you just have to pass the time of day with someone, not to worry, these emergency gathering points will allow you to shoot the breeze about anything BUT Covid-19.

I imagine emergency gathering counsellors will be available to coach socially ham-fisted people on the finer points of social interaction

In addition, as we slowly start to ease back to normal, or something like it, these points will allow for a ‘toe in the water’ approach. An emergency point to try out your social skills before meeting up with friends and family. I imagine emergency gathering counsellors will be available to coach socially ham-fisted people on the finer points of social interaction.

Sadly, when I contacted the City Hall to make myself available to volunteer at one of these emergency points, it was made clear to me that these are standard ‘disaster protocol’, and have nothing to do with COVID-19 at all.

Oh well, maybe they don’t think of everything.

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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