July 15, 2020:
I started to write “Quarantine Day [whatever] but we are no longer under quarantine, and I started back to work a little while ago.
I went from not working for 100-odd days to working A LOT. I have not had the mental capacity to keep writing this journal. It’s deeply depressing to me to count and recount the ways in which the handling of COVID here in Florida has failed us. Nothing is changing for the better, people are getting sick at an alarming rate (every other day, it seems someone I know has tested positive for the virus), and I still have not seen any unemployment, so I was forced back to work, putting myself at risk for the sake of people’s dining-out pleasure. It’s emotionally and physically draining, but I don’t really have a choice right now.
So that’s where I am now. It’s definitely not all rainbows and butterflies down here in the Sunshine state, as I’m sure anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock can see. There’s not much else to say. I’m just going to keep working until we shut down again or I get the Coronavirus. Whichever happens first. Be safe, everyone!
Lauryn Lucy Brooke is a bartender who lives in Key West, Florida. Her favorite activities used to be traveling, scuba diving, and hanging out with friends. None of which she can do now. Lauryn has a Masters Degree in Journalism from CUNY.