I’m at a well-known trampoline park in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. I come here each week to have a coffee while I watch the boy at training. I’d usually be here on a Tuesday, but this trampoline park is no longer open on a Tuesday, because no-one comes here much anymore, because of Covid.
That they have cut three days from their opening times demonstrates just how bad things are and how much the pandemic has affected everything around us.
Of course, this also has huge implications for the staff here. They’ve likely lost 42.9% of their income. And that’s crap.
We’d be out of this pandemic more quickly if people wore masks and washed hands and kept their distance from one another. No-one – including most of the staff – is doing those things here. And I’m not saying that this is the only place that is ignoring the sensible advice, but it’s certainly one of them.
You’d think that they would want to try anything to make things better: to demonstrate best practice and encourage the bouncers back in safety, and to do their little bit to end this global shitshow just a little bit sooner.
They’ve made the decision not to bother, though. And I have to wonder just how long this place will survive…