We here at AppStudio are in lockdown, like most of the world. It hasn’t affected us much: everyone in the company has always worked out of home offices. Development, support and sales are all happening as they always do.
AppStudio has users in over 80 countries. I thought it would be interesting to share a bit about how things are in your area with the others.
Here, in Toronto, Canada, where about half the company works, all non-essential business have been stopped. Schools are closed. All restaurants and public facilities are closed. About the only thing which is open are grocery and liquor stores. Thankfully, both are fully stocked - there is no restriction in supplies.
Hospitals still have space. They’ve moved everybody out that they can. People are only going to emergency if they really need to. They are getting ready for the peak, which they think is still a week or two away. Healthcare is free here, so people are not hesitant to get the treatment they need.
The various levels of government and political parties have put their differences aside and are working together. The response of the government seems deliberate and well organized, like they are working from a playbook worked out in advance. (Probably the case - a lot was learned from the SARS crisis).
We’re expecting the shutdown to last at least 3 more months - I’m guessing 6 myself.
Friends are meeting up and hanging out on Zoom. Getting together at 6PM for a beer or glass of wine with friends is a great way to stay connected. We’re doing a lot of walking. We’re also lucky to have a small gym in the house.
Programming is a great way to spend the time. I find it’s tough to stay stressed about the outside world when I’m in the flow. Creating or fixing something make the time go quickly and gives a great feeling of accomplishment.
How are things where you are?