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How Californians are Adapting to Life During Social Distancing

As COVID-19 changes peoples' lives around the globe, Californians find themselves in one of the epicenters of the pandemic. As a result, Californians are adapting to their new home-centered lifestyle in many ways. Even though their normal way of life has been disrupted, people and businesses throughout California are making the most of the situation.

Let’s take a closer look at what various organizations and companies in California are doing:

1. Mental health providers throughout California are offering online therapy options: One of the biggest issues with such a drastic change in lifestyle is its impact on mental health. People who already deal with mental health challenges may need more access than ever to their therapist and/or other resources, and there may be an uptick in the number of people who are dealing with challenges such as anxiety and depression. Most mental health clinics are moving to offer virtual programs and appointments, while still welcoming new patients.

2. Many substance abuse treatment centers have changed how they operate. Since those struggling with addiction still need access to important resources and therapy, such adjustments are essential. Treatment centers like Nexus Recovery have taken a series of precautions as a result of the pandemic. For instance, outpatient sessions are being offered over teleconferencing. Furthermore, inpatient living arrangements have been altered to limit the number of people sharing the same facilities.

3. Grocery stores (and other essential businesses such as gas stations) are taking measures to help prevent the spread: All across California, grocery stores, gas stations, and drug stores are making changes to ensure that they help slow the spread of COVID-19 while still allowing their customers to obtain necessary items. Not only are they asking customers to social distance, but Los Angeles and Riverside counties are asking essential store workers to wear masks, and San Diego county is requiring it. They also recommend customers wear masks while shopping and wash their hands before and after going to the grocery store, drug store, or gas station.

4. Restaurants throughout the state have closed their dining rooms as a result of the pandemic. To maintain their bottom lines and a sense of normalcy for their customers, most restaurants in San Diego and other cities are still open for take-out and delivery. This enables patrons to still enjoy their favorite foods. A lot of these restaurants are even offering specials or free delivery! For example, Luna Grill, a popular Mediterranean restaurant with multiple locations in San Diego, is offering free delivery meanwhile Italian restaurant Villa Capri has a special offer for 10% off and free dessert.

5. Local recreation sites are also closing or putting strict measures in place to encourage social distancing: Some of the sites most popular with both in-state and out of state visitors, specifically Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Joshua Tree National Park are closed to visitors. Many other sites, such as Alcatraz Island, Redwoods National and State Parks, and Golden Gate National Recreational Area have closed all public facilities and taken other measures to encourage minimal contact between visitors while helping them view the sites from their cars. This means that although Californians may still drive by and through their most famous national and man-made landmarks, they cannot visit as they normally would.

Although Californians are adjusting to staying home, people and businesses are still finding many ways they can safely engage in the necessary and recreational activities they usually enjoy.