My friends all love going out to bars on the weekend to drink themselves into oblivion.
I was always dragged to these locales on Wednesday mornings when all I wanted to do was go home, eat dinner, and go to sleep.
If I didn’t drink with them, they’d all pressure myself and others to; and if I didn’t drink enough, I’d be pressured to drink more. At 28-years-old, this is the sort of behavior I’d expect from college students, not adults about to hit 30. I don’t assume why they can’t just buy liquor and drink from home, however apparently they crave the social environment that a bar or nightclub affords. Some are out looking for people for a single-night-stands, while others just want to get obliterated on alcohol. It doesn’t matter, because now they’re all forced to drink from condo after the pandemic closed the bars and diners in our area. The health experts have said that bars and diners are perhaps some of the most dangerous locales for viral transmission. Mask rules are almost irrelevant because most people has to at least temporarily pull their mask aside while drinking or eating. In reality, several remove their masks altogether. They all suppose the viral particles hit some magical, invisible wall at a distance of 6 feet. They don’t realize that once these particles get into the air, they can float to further distances unless you have a strong central Heating, Ventilation & A/C system that is constantly moving the air inside. If a bar wanted to stay open while protecting their staff and clients, getting strong air ventilation would go a long way in ensuring that sense of safety. Still, everytime an infected woman exhales, more of those particles fill the air. It’s like smoking a cigarette indoors—at some point the smoke gets so thick it’s hard to see through it.