Happiness during the pandemic: “People just like being around other people” | Local News
PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) — In the midst of a global pandemic, members of our community are finding ways to stay afloat and discover happiness.
In-person events such as the Portland Boat Show offer people a lot more opportunities than meets the eye.
FOX 12 spoke to boat show goers by asking them a simple question: “How does being on the go make you feel?”
The answers :
“I feel refreshed!”
“The feeling is electric.”
“It’s a feeling of freedom.”
Britney Wilson of Boring, Oregon was quick to say, “Seeing people again, even though we’re in masks and not seeing smiles, is what keeps us going, seeing people!”
“It’s just good to be outside!” I’m wearing my mask, I’m vaccinated and boosted, I feel safe, ”said Leanne Czupryk as she and her husband George searched for a boat at the Expo Center.
Another community member, Chandler Bowerman, from Vancouver, Washington, said wearing a mask is a small price to pay for a taste of freedom.
“People can go out, walk around and even though it’s indoors, it’s socially distanced, it’s not too crowded, everyone is masked up and I feel safe! Looks like that’s the way we’re going to have to do things for a while, but that’s okay. I’m more than willing to deal with this so I can get out of the house.”
The Oregon Health Authority says spending time in populated spaces is medium risk for those who are vaccinated, wear a mask and social distancing.
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