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Topic:  OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
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BayCat
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  Message Not Read  OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
   Posted: 8/31/2020 2:19:48 PM 
Just curious for those of you that live in the area or have been to Athens/campus recently. My understanding is that it's a phased in return to campus for students, but I was just curious about how many students and/or faculty are there. How are the local businesses surviving and adapting to the current environment.

I'm planning a long-weekend in Hocking Hills in October and will definitely be driving through campus then.
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  Message Not Read  RE: OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
   Posted: 8/31/2020 3:36:35 PM 
There are people here, but it is very strange for the start of Fall. I walk up Morton hill a little before 8am M-F to go to work. I've only passed 3 students in 6 days. In Alden there will be 20 students or so when I go to leave at 12pm. Just so odd. Feels like summer. Now I haven't been uptown so I cannot comment on that.


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  Message Not Read  RE: OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
   Posted: 8/31/2020 6:30:10 PM 
Agree. Its like a busy day in Summer.

Many businesses not very busy.
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  Message Not Read  RE: OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
   Posted: 8/31/2020 9:53:22 PM 
BayCat wrote:
Just curious for those of you that live in the area or have been to Athens/campus recently. My understanding is that it's a phased in return to campus for students, but I was just curious about how many students and/or faculty are there. How are the local businesses surviving and adapting to the current environment.

I'm planning a long-weekend in Hocking Hills in October and will definitely be driving through campus then.


Pawpurrs has started a GoFundMe page
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Alan Swank
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  Message Not Read  RE: OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
   Posted: 8/31/2020 10:33:58 PM 
BillyTheCat wrote:
BayCat wrote:
Just curious for those of you that live in the area or have been to Athens/campus recently. My understanding is that it's a phased in return to campus for students, but I was just curious about how many students and/or faculty are there. How are the local businesses surviving and adapting to the current environment.

I'm planning a long-weekend in Hocking Hills in October and will definitely be driving through campus then.


Pawpurrs has started a GoFundMe page


Probably for their legal defense fund.

https://www.athensnews.com/news/local/state-cites-pawpurr...
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  Message Not Read  RE: OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
   Posted: 9/2/2020 6:24:38 PM 
Right now the OU campus and Athens very much have the same feel of an Ohio home football game before Grobe and Solich arrived. In other words, it looks sparse and feels dead.
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  Message Not Read  RE: OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
   Posted: 9/7/2020 9:11:29 AM 
Just got back from Athens over the weekend. Very dead up town, most food places are carry out only or delivery. Stores are open with not a lot of traffic. Most students are still remote only learning. Feels like summer still. Everywhere we went people wear their masks and no fussing (so nice compared to wear I live).

The hiking and weather where great. The take out from places like Casa was easy.

I did talk to several students and they where commenting how they haven't even walked on to campus yet except for the few that have to have in person class.
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   Posted: 9/8/2020 10:52:30 PM 
OU announced today that only 31% of undergraduate students will be allowed back on campus this Fall. The other 14,000ish will stay online. Strangely, engineering and science (biology/chemistry) students who need Lab time were largely left online while art, theater, dance and music majors are being brought on campus.

Nellis’ statement:

https://www.ohio.edu/news/2020/09/president-nellis-shares...
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  Message Not Read  RE: OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
   Posted: 9/9/2020 12:09:44 PM 
Yesterday around noon was very busy uptown.
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  Message Not Read  RE: OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
   Posted: 9/9/2020 10:25:48 PM 
For the two weeks ending Aug 25 Athens County reported 13.8 cases per 100,000 population and was at Level 1. It reported 41.3 cases per 100,000 for the two weeks ending Sept 1, which included the first week of students being on campus for Phase 1. Athens County is now at Level 2. https://www.athensnews.com/news/local/athens-county-upgra...


We will get by.
We will get by.
We will get by.
We will survive.

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  Message Not Read  RE: OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
   Posted: 9/10/2020 3:49:34 PM 
Pataskala wrote:
For the two weeks ending Aug 25 Athens County reported 13.8 cases per 100,000 population and was at Level 1. It reported 41.3 cases per 100,000 for the two weeks ending Sept 1, which included the first week of students being on campus for Phase 1. Athens County is now at Level 2. https://www.athensnews.com/news/local/athens-county-upgra...


Here are actual numbers of daily new cases.

7/10 - 7/16 20.57
7/17 - 7/23 9.86
7/24 - 7/30 4.43
7/31 - 8/6 2.86
8/7 - 8/13 1.57
8/14 - 8/20 .71
8/21 - 8/27 1
8/28 - 9/3 4
9/4 - 9/10 8.57

For the last 7 days staring with today and going backwards, we've had 17,10,3, 10. 5., 11, 4.

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  Message Not Read  RE: OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
   Posted: 9/12/2020 8:00:26 PM 
Very quiet on campus/uptown today with Bagel Street Deli looking to be the busiest Court St. establishment. And, unfortunately for SBH, it appears the China King is closed. Several seniors mentioned that the bars are closing at 10 and are regulating the # of customers and their movement once inside.

Did drive by the athletic fields with the soccer team practicing on their field and the field hockey team practicing across the street. Can't help but wonder if other fall sports, football in particular, are doing the same.

Walking across an almost-deserted College Green, my 13-year-old son mentioned how sad it must be for college students, especially the seniors, including his sister.

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  Message Not Read  RE: OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
   Posted: 9/17/2020 10:31:02 AM 
bobcatsquared wrote:

Walking across an almost-deserted College Green, my 13-year-old son mentioned how sad it must be for college students, especially the seniors, including his sister.



I haven't been down since March, partly because of this factor. It would have to be really odd to be there right now.
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  Message Not Read  RE: OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
   Posted: 9/17/2020 11:59:59 AM 
OU_Country wrote:
bobcatsquared wrote:

Walking across an almost-deserted College Green, my 13-year-old son mentioned how sad it must be for college students, especially the seniors, including his sister.



I haven't been down since March, partly because of this factor. It would have to be really odd to be there right now.


Odd is not even the word. I have never seen Ohio University or Athens like this in my 34 years here. It is just so strange and hard to discribe.


GO BOBCATS
GEORGE

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  Message Not Read  RE: OT: What's it like in Athens right now?
   Posted: 9/17/2020 1:15:24 PM 
Kinggeorge4 wrote:
OU_Country wrote:
bobcatsquared wrote:

Walking across an almost-deserted College Green, my 13-year-old son mentioned how sad it must be for college students, especially the seniors, including his sister.



I haven't been down since March, partly because of this factor. It would have to be really odd to be there right now.


Odd is not even the word. I have never seen Ohio University or Athens like this in my 34 years here. It is just so strange and hard to discribe.


Can a person go inside and eat anywhere there?
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   Posted: 9/17/2020 1:26:35 PM 
OU_Country wrote:
Kinggeorge4 wrote:
OU_Country wrote:
bobcatsquared wrote:

Walking across an almost-deserted College Green, my 13-year-old son mentioned how sad it must be for college students, especially the seniors, including his sister.



I haven't been down since March, partly because of this factor. It would have to be really odd to be there right now.


Odd is not even the word. I have never seen Ohio University or Athens like this in my 34 years here. It is just so strange and hard to discribe.


Can a person go inside and eat anywhere there?


I'm not sure about most places. I've only had food delivered to me before I leave work to take home. OU doesn't really want us to eat at work. Most of us do 4 hours or less on site and the rest remotely.


GO BOBCATS
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   Posted: 9/17/2020 2:09:34 PM 
OU_Country wrote:
Kinggeorge4 wrote:
OU_Country wrote:
bobcatsquared wrote:

Walking across an almost-deserted College Green, my 13-year-old son mentioned how sad it must be for college students, especially the seniors, including his sister.



I haven't been down since March, partly because of this factor. It would have to be really odd to be there right now.


Odd is not even the word. I have never seen Ohio University or Athens like this in my 34 years here. It is just so strange and hard to discribe.


Can a person go inside and eat anywhere there?


Yes, this place is NOT sibera! Most all restaurants have dine in seating going on. New one getting ready to open on Court Street in old Cornwell building, many Frats out roaming the town in their cute suits last night. It's not normal, but it's hardly a ghost town.
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   Posted: 9/17/2020 4:38:22 PM 
BillyTheCat wrote:
OU_Country wrote:
Kinggeorge4 wrote:
OU_Country wrote:
bobcatsquared wrote:

Walking across an almost-deserted College Green, my 13-year-old son mentioned how sad it must be for college students, especially the seniors, including his sister.



I haven't been down since March, partly because of this factor. It would have to be really odd to be there right now.


Odd is not even the word. I have never seen Ohio University or Athens like this in my 34 years here. It is just so strange and hard to discribe.


Can a person go inside and eat anywhere there?


Yes, this place is NOT sibera! Most all restaurants have dine in seating going on. New one getting ready to open on Court Street in old Cornwell building, many Frats out roaming the town in their cute suits last night. It's not normal, but it's hardly a ghost town.


So if I wanted to venture to Athens for a day trip, I could hit The Pub for a beer, and Jackie O's for a beer? I might have to make the trip after all. I occasionally need out of the Central Ohio region once football starts.

EDIT -- most important, thanks for the heads up!

Last Edited: 9/17/2020 4:40:57 PM by OU_Country

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   Posted: 9/18/2020 12:07:55 AM 
OU_Country wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:
OU_Country wrote:
Kinggeorge4 wrote:
OU_Country wrote:
bobcatsquared wrote:

Walking across an almost-deserted College Green, my 13-year-old son mentioned how sad it must be for college students, especially the seniors, including his sister.



I haven't been down since March, partly because of this factor. It would have to be really odd to be there right now.


Odd is not even the word. I have never seen Ohio University or Athens like this in my 34 years here. It is just so strange and hard to discribe.


Can a person go inside and eat anywhere there?


Yes, this place is NOT sibera! Most all restaurants have dine in seating going on. New one getting ready to open on Court Street in old Cornwell building, many Frats out roaming the town in their cute suits last night. It's not normal, but it's hardly a ghost town.


So if I wanted to venture to Athens for a day trip, I could hit The Pub for a beer, and Jackie O's for a beer? I might have to make the trip after all. I occasionally need out of the Central Ohio region once football starts.

EDIT -- most important, thanks for the heads up!


Yes, tap room closed, but next door is open, with food and all your favorite flavors. as well as every other uptown bar.

Last Edited: 9/18/2020 12:11:12 AM by BillyTheCat

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   Posted: 9/18/2020 9:45:28 AM 
There is so little traffic (foot) on Morton hill that weeds were growing big time in the bricks. They had to pull the weeds and have been spraying. Grounds crew said it was the first time they ever sprayed there.


GO BOBCATS
GEORGE

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   Posted: 9/18/2020 10:09:35 AM 
BillyTheCat wrote:


Yes, tap room closed, but next door is open, with food and all your favorite flavors. as well as every other uptown bar.


My all time favorite is/was Barking Pumpkin.

Doesn't look like they have it right now.

Guess I'll be staying in N.J. this weekend. :-)
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   Posted: 9/18/2020 10:18:12 AM 
Depending on your viewpoint, you might want to be cautious about indoor dining in Athens. COVID is rising there presently: https://www.thepostathens.com/article/2020/09/athens-coun...

Last Edited: 9/18/2020 10:19:24 AM by OakStreet

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Kinggeorge4 wrote:
There is so little traffic (foot) on Morton hill that weeds were growing big time in the bricks. They had to pull the weeds and have been spraying. Grounds crew said it was the first time they ever sprayed there.


Because the dorms are closed. Uptown was packed last night.
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BillyTheCat wrote:
Kinggeorge4 wrote:
There is so little traffic (foot) on Morton hill that weeds were growing big time in the bricks. They had to pull the weeds and have been spraying. Grounds crew said it was the first time they ever sprayed there.


Because the dorms are closed. Uptown was packed last night.


Uptown and campus are night and day. I've been commenting on campus as I do not go uptown very much. I haven't run into anyone other than grounds when I come in to work in the mornings.


GO BOBCATS
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Kinggeorge4 wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:
Kinggeorge4 wrote:
There is so little traffic (foot) on Morton hill that weeds were growing big time in the bricks. They had to pull the weeds and have been spraying. Grounds crew said it was the first time they ever sprayed there.


Because the dorms are closed. Uptown was packed last night.


Uptown and campus are night and day. I've been commenting on campus as I do not go uptown very much. I haven't run into anyone other than grounds when I come in to work in the mornings.


Yep, no worries, we will have them all back soon ;-)
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