Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and restful holiday week!
As we enter into a period of tighter restrictions as a county, we also sense changes on the horizon without knowing what or when those might be: degree of viral surges, vaccine approvals and distribution, shifting of national, regional, and local leadership and policies, and even your own return(s) to work - yes plural. From what we hear, these are scattered dates, some returns already have departments onsite (or having never left), some returned in the fall months, some upcoming with the new year, some moving farther into spring 2021, and others in summer. All are true.
We are committed to learning what impact 2020 will have on commute patterns in our region - observing to what degree working remotely will "stick" and for whom as well as understanding the commute patterns outside of 9-to-5 work schedules and developing a better fluency with shift workers in many industries that this period has brought to the forefront.
We want to appreciate and thank this community for remaining resilient and adaptive, and for staying engaged with us and sharing your stories this year. Furthermore, beyond your pivots to current conditions, we've seen changes we hope to carry forward beyond the crisis: not needing to travel great distances to and from all meetings, a new standard of cleaning on shared transit, keener awareness and prioritization of equitable systems and policies, just to name a few. What lessons will you be carrying forward out of 2020?