They announced a lottery here with three $1m prizes, if you get the vaccine.
If' they're gonna bribe the stupid people to get the vaccine, hell, I'll have some of that. I signed up yesterday.
The state is doing that here. Five $1M winners and five free state university educations if you're a minor. Also Kroger (big grocery chain) announced they're giving away five $1M prizes (I think it's five) and 50 free-groceries-for-a-year prizes, if you've gotten your vaccine from Kroger.
Things here are pretty much business-as-usual. Businesses can require masks, but there's no mandate to do so. Social distancing is encouraged, but not required. You do still have to wear masks at the doctors'.
We went to our first outdoor festival since 2019, a German summerfest. They limited attendance through advanced ticket sales, but it was quite nice - lots of beer, sausages, and polka. No restrictions beyond the attendance numbers. We're hitting a Celtic festival tomorrow.
Even though I support masking and distancing and all that, here it's time to get open again, because pretty much anyone who wants vaccinated has been vaccinated, so once that happens, you may as well open up, because no one else is getting the jab, and you can't mask and restrict forever. Our state has leveled out at about 46% fully vaccinated. My ultra-conservative county...about 35%.
Going to see my folks Sunday for the first time since early March 2020.