I got to keep the faith that we can go enjoy music again, and that I'll be able to play a gig again where people can dance.

[Interviewer]

We will begin the interview. Question one. How has COVID-19 impacted your daily life?

[Sasha]

My daily life, currently, I don't feel like it affects me that much because I don't have employment right now, so I don't have to go out into the community that often. But when I do, I always have to be prepared to have a mask with me and hand sanitizer and just cooperating with whatever guidelines or protocols are in place wherever I'm entering. So sometimes it's unexpected because Spruce Grove, and I believe ... there's not a mask mandatory requirement. But a lot of businesses are slowly, more and more, requiring that. So, you just have to be prepared to put the mask on and otherwise don't go in the store.

And then yeah, just of course all the symptoms. So, worry about if you're going to visit with friends or attend an event, make sure that you're healthy and that others around you are also healthy. So it's just more awareness and being more diligent.

[Interviewer]

Yeah, for sure. What did you under-appreciate before COVID that you appreciate more now?

[Sasha]

I guess, social distancing to certain degree. Sometimes people don't have a really good awareness of people's personal physical space in stores sometimes. Or if you're at a show or a venue where people like to stand really close, now people are a lot more awareness. And I guess also covering your coughs and your sneezes instead of just like letting them rip out into the universe. People seem to be... Yeah. So I guess just the more the hygiene, it seems like... I don't want to think people took it for granted before, but people are just extra diligent and I think it's a good practice. So we should be all doing that.

[Interviewer]

For sure. I very much agree with that. How do you think the pandemic will change society once it is over?

[Sasha]

I think it will be a very good learning experience from how we all work together to flatten the curve and how we were able to make sure that locally, just coming from a community member, that we were able to keep the numbers low and be respectful of each other. Using the masks and the hand sanitization and restricting how many people are in a group. We worked hard at that and I think we need to give ourselves credit for that. And I think, yeah, the world is going to learn from that and how we can try to prevent those pandemic sort of numbers happening again if we just keep the awareness up.

[Interviewer]

Yeah. How did isolation affect you and how has this impacted your relationships with your family and friends?

[Sasha]

Yeah, well, I mean, it was a little bit tough, but at the same time, I'm more of a introverted person. So wasn't that much of a stretch for me to be at home. But when you did want to be with friends, yeah, it was challenging not to make contact like physically, but then you kind of came up with different ways to keep in touch.

I do play in a band as well, and just saw my band mates for the first time last week. It's our first rehearsal we've had in six months because we couldn't really physically distance, and all our gigs were canceled, and there was no point even getting together, and worried about the pandemic. So yeah.

[Interviewer]

Wow.

[Sasha]

Lost my train of thought so I'm like, my answer's done.

[Interviewer]

Your answers are great. I have one more question. What pre COVID memory keeps you hopeful and what possible future keeps you going?

[Sasha]

I'm hopeful for music festivals and concerts to come into being again, and I got to keep the faith that we can go enjoy music again, and that I'll be able to play a gig again where people can dance.

[Interviewer]

Awesome. Okay, that was all our questions. Thank you so much for being part of this project.

[Sasha]

No problem. Thank you.

[Interviewer]

Yeah.