Yesterday, I went for the first time since the quarantine has begun to the supermarket. Umberto was home to stay with the kids so I wanted to experience for myself, life outside my house. I walked to the local supermarket to get some fresh air, since we are no longer allowed to take a walk for leisure. I left around 4 pm. When I arrived at the supermarket there was a small line out front, an employee working calling out numbers and a machine to take numbers. I took my number and took my place a meter away from the other people waiting outside.
After 10 minutes my number was called and I went in. The supermarket was stocked pretty well, a little less than normal on a Saturday at 4 but nothing like photos I’ve seen of supermarkets in the US with no toilet paper. The fruits and vegetables were completely stocked as was meat. Cheese was a little scarce as was fresh bread. Everyone was told to keep a meter’s distance from each other. To pay, we had to wait until the person was finished checking out before walking up to the register.
When I left, there was a much longer wait to come in than when I arrived around 5 pm. I also saw more people than I thought I would see out and about, no children though. There were a few people on their bikes and a few people walking.
Besides the supermarket, we spent a lot of time on the balcony in the morning. The kids brought some of their toys outside and played. In the evening, it was a little rainy but Raffi and I still went outside to play on the small swing set we have on the balcony. Later in the evening we colored a rainbow to hang outside on the balcony that says “Tutto andra bene” (everything will be OK), children around the country are drawing these and hanging them outside their homes.