The short answer is that not much is happening in Cobourg – at least not as far as you can tell. Most restaurants have switched to take out, people have mostly stayed home although there are still people shopping at supermarkets, the beer store and LCBO (both stores). Crime is still happening – Police are reporting many instances of individuals failing to comply with probation and court orders as well as minor shoplifting. Police are making sure the Parks stay empty except for people passing through. News media are struggling to find much to report on since there are few public activities; there are fewer flyers in the one weekly newspaper; Canada Post continues to operate; Town staff are still working – many of them from home.
The good news is that so far nobody in Cobourg has died from the virus but there is no way of knowing how many people are hurting for lack of income. There are a number of jobs that simply cannot be done at home – these include manufacturing, retail, recreation, construction and more. One of the things people are doing at home is keeping track of the news and the latest restrictions or “opening up”. One popular web page with local information is this one on Cobourg News Blog. It includes a list of Restaurants doing takeout complete with phone numbers and opening hours (where they provide them).
People miss their social life and this is not helped with many clubs and volunteer organizations shut down. However, many are using phone calls, email and facebook to fill the gap.
Going to an entertainment or sports event is not possible – so the detailed calendar on the Cobourg Internet Entertainment web site has been shut down and is not planning to restart in the future. The Capitol Theatre and the AGN are keeping their clientele involved with online activities but many organizations have gone silent. The major summer events will be missed – no Waterfront Festival, Canada Day celebrations, Highland Games, RibFest, Concerts in the Park and probably the Sandcastle Festival. The DBIA have cancelled all their 2020 events although maybe Christmas events will happen – TBD. No word yet on the Santa Parade. One problem is that many events need a long advance time to organize.
The Agendas for Council meetings have fewer items and coupled with the general shutdown, there is less local news to report on so I will have fewer reports. Oh well. See this page for other local news sites.