In early July, as the number of COVID-19 cases declined across most of the country and the end of the pandemic seemed almost near, Justin Robinson, 40, flew from San Francisco to New York to visit to a friend. The city was alive and Robinson and his friend were having a blast.
It was the closest moment he had come close to something like pre-pandemic life, and he remembers, vividly, the thrill of being once again sitting in a bar with a drink in front of him. “It was by chance that it was exciting, but actually being in a bar, in a barâ¦” he said. Simple things, long overdue, sometimes have an unexpected weight.