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What's closed and what to do on Memorial Day during COVID-19

Original post made on May 21, 2020

Check out our list of city services that will be available or closed on Memorial Day this Monday, plus transit agencies' modified schedules and virtual events scheduled to mark the federal holiday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 21, 2020, 11:05 AM

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4 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 21, 2020 at 5:04 pm

The headline here is misleading.

The articles lists all the things that are closed, but gives no information about what can be done on Memorial Day. Things that can be done include riding a bike or walking up to Foothills Park, but you can't drive there because it is closed to vehicle traffic. You can walk or ride a bike to the Baylands, but again there is no parking unless you can find some street parking somewhere. You can't get there by the Adobe tunnel either because that has been closed again. No picnics in parks, no socializing with anybody outside your household, no tennis unless it is with a household member and you bring your own balls. You can play golf, but you have to bring your own equipment and carry it around the course and probably play on your own or with family member too.

I suppose we can have backyard cookouts, but no friends are allowed over. We can go to a nursery and buy some plants to grow. We can go shopping for curbside pickup, but that is only a concession because the county wants our tax dollars.

Doubt if we can go to the beach, some beaches are closed because of a shark attack and others are only open for walking across just to get to the beach. Not sure if watching the sunset is allowed either inside or outside a car.

We can have a drive by celebration, but only if we all stay in our cars and we wear masks if we open the windows.

Have a great weekend! :)

Any other ideas of things we can do as it is getting harder to find something to do outdoors now the weather is warm.


3 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on May 21, 2020 at 5:41 pm

Which local churches are planning to defy the state's shutdown order and hold indoor services this Sunday?


5 people like this
Posted by Christian
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2020 at 1:48 am

Please leave the churches out of the political manipulations. Most of us are meeting online just fine. Politicians, please stop destroying the witness of the church for your own political gain.


7 people like this
Posted by Christian
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2020 at 1:52 am

Why is it that the supposed religious ignore the mandates of the Bible to treat the alien among us well, and to treat the least among us as if they are Jesus himself, by telling themselves they just want immigrants to be legal (nevermind that the Bible makes no such distinction), but here the supposed religious are scorning the law in order to... do something they think is mandated by their religion? Hmmm. Jesus had a lot to say about hypocrisy. Nothing about gays. Except maybe to love others as we would ourselves. Doh, there's that hypocrisy thing again....


2 people like this
Posted by A Word To The Wise
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 22, 2020 at 8:04 am

quote: "Why is it that the supposed religious ignore the mandates of the Bible...?"

^ Ignorance, sanctimony and personal adherences to self-imposed dogma.


3 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2020 at 8:22 am

I forgot, we can go shopping for curbside pick up. Good news, or just a move from SCC to prevent us all from going to San Mateo county to do our curbside shopping pickups?


3 people like this
Posted by Christian
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2020 at 6:14 pm

@Word,
Or people using the church (and the faithful) for their own gain. A verse to ponder in light of or to share with people trying to foment discord:
Matthew 6:5-6 New International Version (NIV)
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. .... But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. "


5 people like this
Posted by A Word To The Wise
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 23, 2020 at 8:35 am

quote: "“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others..."

^ A good point as those who feel the need to publicly advertise their faith are most likely keeping up appearances and/or seeking financial reward/resources.

In this time of pandemic crisis, resuming regular church gatherings could very well endanger the health of those present and public health/safety is the best precautionary measure.

One does not need a church/temple to validate one's faith.

Faith comes from within.


4 people like this
Posted by Another Christian.
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 23, 2020 at 8:45 am

This week I shall attend my church service on Sunday, my bible study, a weekly prayer meeting, the youth shall meet midweek, as will the children's sunday school, men's meeting and the women's meetings, young adults, newcomers, elders of the church, etc. All these meetings will go ahead as they have done for the past 10 weeks online, streaming, zooming, and probably other ways. The building may be closed, but the church is alive and functioning very well.


4 people like this
Posted by A Word To The Wise
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 23, 2020 at 9:19 am

@ Another Christian...

^ You are a devout Christian & a wise person given the current pandemic scenario.

In other 'red' areas/states where various public health precautions are being disregarded, this is obviously not the case.


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