The impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Toronto thus far is immense.
Perhaps the answer — or an answer, at least — is to look out the window.
Sakura in High Park has released its second update of the season on the west end green space’s cherry blossom trees.
While the buds haven’t changed much since the initial March 10 report, the world surrounding them has, and the promise of the beauty they’ll soon bring to the city offers something to look forward to during a dire time.
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“For those who are isolated into quarantine or are avoiding crowds and public spaces as recommended by the top health officials, the cherry blossoms may be the furthest thing on their minds,” reads the most recent post on Sakura in High Park.
“But for me, they offer an inspirational glimmer of hope that there is something positive waiting to share its impactful symbolism of life’s fragility and beauty for us all to share.”
The post describes the buds trees are currently boasting as “on track,” but warns that a new threat looms before them. Not something that will impact the buds themselves, but the site’s ability to keep the public posted about them.
“As the seriousness of the COVID-19 virus continues to rise, more measures may be put into place to help slow down its spread. If these limit travel throughout the city then the Sakura Watch updates may be impacted,” reads the post.
“But hopefully it won’t come to that.”
For now, it looks like the little buds are still on track to possibly bloom between late April and early May.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that social distancing could be in place for “weeks to months.” With all that’s uncertain, it’s hard to say what the new normal will be by the time the trees reach peak bloom, and what visits to High Park might look like.
But perhaps just knowing that the little buds are strong, are pushing through the season, and are on their way to reaching the best version of themselves is comforting enough.
With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.