After a long proverbial winter, a thaw has emerged and the flowers are blooming. I’m ecstatic that Los Angeles County is now moving to the Yellow Tier, meaning I will shortly enjoy two of my favorite things once again: saunas and steam rooms.
Saunas, Steam Rooms Can Open Again In Los Angeles County
With case numbers and deaths continuing to drop and vaccinations rising, Los Angeles County just moved into the Yellow Tier, the least-restrictive of California’s five-tier system for managing the pandemic in the Golden State.
For over a year, saunas and steam rooms have been closed. The Scandinavian-German in me loves them and this has been the one activity I have missed most during the pandemic.
Gyms have been re-opened outdoors for several months and indoors for the last month, but saunas and steam rooms have remained closed. With LA County now in the Yellow Tier, I’ll soon be able to conclude my workouts with a good sweat!
But this isn’t a post simply about heralding saunas. Rather, I want to again express my gratitude to the men and women who worked around the clock to develop an efficient and effective vaccine so quickly. Early signs validate what we had hoped for: vaccines work. Have you scheduled yours yet?
The vaccine is now available freely to everyone over 18. More work needs to be done to reach out to vulnerable communities in order to provide practical solutions to get vaccinated. Setting up evening and weekend vaccination sites in public places would help many who work long hours and cannot just step away in the middle of the day for a jab.
But I hope that we will soon reach a point in which everyone who wants to be vaccinated, has been vaccinated. And when that occurs, there should be no more shutdowns, even if case numbers rise slightly due to selfish people who refuse a vaccine.
Later in the week, I’ll offer my thoughts on travel in a country in which vaccines are readily available. The virus will likely never be eradicated, but we can temper it and co-exist with it, just as we do with so many other viruses and maladies.
That saunas and steam rooms (and indoors bars and concert halls and theaters) are opening again in Los Angeles makes me smile. We now see the light at the end of the tunnel.
While still keeping up our guard through proper hygiene, it’s time to get back to life. See you in the steam room.