we follow the guidelines from the brothers and have meetings over zoom. In service we can call people over the phone or send letters to them.
We have a very good system in Sweden with websites that provides names on people who live on each adress. If the phonenumber is shown, we can call them. Otherwise we send a letter.
Some people have been ordered to strictly work from home. Others work partly from home.
Where I work, we were divided in two groups and one group worked from home when the other was at the office and vice versa.
We will keep working like this until the end of august so far. It might be extended depending on what the government says.
The schools and kindergartens are open as usual.
The school for 17-19 year olds (gymnasium) was closed during spring but will open up in August. My daughter who went her first year in the gymnasium thought it was very hard even though she is good in school. She felt isolated and had problems understanding the assignments from the teachers. And they could not help the students in the same way as in the classroom.
A friend of mine had a son with some difficulties and he couldnt finish school because of not being able to do the assignments from home. So he will spend the fall studying extra on a school for adults.
This spring there were no parties for those who took their degree, no parties for weddings or other things.
The celebration om easter and midsomer was cancelled in the whole country.
If someone died, you could not have a reception.
I heard that a former schoolmate of mine whose father died couldnt go to the funeral since only to people were able to attend, so her two brothers went when they put the father in the ground.
Two families in our congregation had relatives who died ( one of Corona and one of other problems) and they couldnt have a reception afterwards.
The talk was given through zoom.
We also had a zoom-wedding where a brother from our congregation got married.
A young brother got baptised in a bubble pool ( the bubbles were turned off) in the circuit assembly.
When you go to the stores they call out every five minutes to please keep the distance, coffeshops and restaurants have rules as well on how to sit or stand in line.
The cinemas and amusement parks have been closed. But the cinemas will start opening up slowly in a week.
Many stores are filing for bankruptcy.
My husband has a bakery and is struggling because many of the companies who used to order cakes,salads, sandwiches and so on for their meetings or when they wanted to celebrate something are now working from home.
A friend of mine is struggling since her husband is a cab driver and owns two cars and has to pay the fees to the cab-company, but hardly gets any customers and all of the cab-companys have put in a rule that the drivers are not allowed to sell their cars until january ( they dont want to go bankrupt themselves) so they are forced to keep paying the fees without having an income. And If they sell the cars they get sued.
Some people are losing their jobs and getting more and more depressed. The calls to helplines for abused women and children has increased since more people are working from home and bad things are happening in the homes.
A lot of young people feel insecure and afraid over the future and anxiety is increasing among them.
My sister talked to a man on the phone in service, and he said: I cant talk right now, I havent seen my kids or grandchildren for several months. Its just me and my wife and Im so depressed.
We have all limited our association, we see only our closest family.
And me and my family do things in the nature, like going to walk in the forest, swim in lakes or the sea.
Go out to parks where the kids can play.
So even If we are not in lockdown, life has changed.