Hello, everyone, this is Foster reporting from our newsroom here in Fresno, California. As you know, the world has changed a lot in the past few weeks, and we’ve sent our roving reporter, Panda, to see what’s going on. Panda, tell us what you’ve found out.Thanks, Foster. As you can see behind me, the parking lot at this shopping center is practically deserted. There are hardly any people out walking around, which I’m told is unusual for a Sunday afternoon in April.That’s amazing! I’ve heard that a lot of the places Mom and Aunt Gail like to go are closed now.That’s right, Foster. I’m here in front of Starbucks, where there is a sign on the door explaining that they are temporarily closed due to Social Distancing.That’s a bit alarming! Does it say on the sign when they will open up again?No, it doesn’t, but there are signs in several languages, reminding people to stay six feet apart. There are benches you can sit on, but apparently most people have chosen to avoid them. As you can see, I pretty much have the whole area to myself. The weather is great, and there are a lot of pretty flowers to look at.Well, I’m glad the weather is good. For those of you just joining us, we are talking with Panda, who is live at Fig Garden Village, reporting on the current Social Distancing situation. Back to you, Panda.Thanks, Foster. I was able to enjoy these flowers, and again, I had the bench to myself.
I took the opportunity to enjoy as much sunshine as possible. There are so few people here that no one has paid any attention to me at all.One thing I did notice was that the people you dosee usually have on masks. I was fortunate enough to get a photo of these two nice ladies.Wait! Isn’t that…uh…never mind. What about the restaurants?
Well, Foster, as you can see, the restaurants have put their outdoor tables and chairs away, but there are still a few that you can go in. But that’s just to order food and then you have to leave.There are red lines to help people know where to stand when they are in line. At this bakery, I noticed the sign said only 10 people were allowed inside at a time.Wow, Panda! That’s unbelievable! What about shopping? Are Mom and Aunt Gail’s favorite stores still open?
Yeah, Foster, that would be Bath & Body Works and Eddie Bauer. Like everything else deemed “non essential,” these stores are temporarily closed as well. I guess they will open when Social Distancing is over.
Well, Panda, thanks for the report. We’ll be looking forward to more information as it becomes available.All right, Foster. I’m in here in the car with Mom, on the way home. We’ll see you in a few minutes!
Author’s Note: Only one of the photos in this post is photo-shopped. Can you guess which one?