What’s the first thing you’ll do when the stay-at-home orders are completely lifted and businesses are fully open? This was the question posed to Echo Press readers via Facebook and Instagram, as well as Echo Press employees.

Here’s a look at the response from Facebook and Instagram:

  • Shaun K. – Same thing I’ve been doing since they were enacted. Working and living. I will look forward to going to worship with others, though.
  • Melinda M. – Go to Ktown Bar and have chicken and a beer or seven with my sisters.
  • Katie N. – Enjoy life again, wash hands.
  • Becky L. – Go camping.
  • Brian J. – Go to a bar with my friends.
  • Scott L. – Immediately contract COVID-19, of course.
  • Grant G. – Stay home. Watch the number of positive tests, hospitalizations and deaths rise.
  • Michael S. – I’ll be more active in the community.
  • Samantha A. – Go to work.
  • Tina R. – Go to my friends’ restaurant.
  • Jason S. – Go out and hug some people.
  • Jan M. – Embrace my family.
  • Janet C. – Get a haircut. I already told my hair stylist that I am going to stalk her.
  • Jodi B. – Thank God I cut my hair once a year, November is my month. I just want to go to a bar/restaurant with my just turned 21-year-old for his first legal drink.
  • Brooke N. – Camp.
  • Ellie S. – Haircut/color and hug my grandbabies all day.
  • Karen W. – I was fortunate enough to have been quarantined with a stylist so that’s not a problem for me. The thing I have been looking forward to the most, I get to do today. I’m going to the dentist. 1:45 p.m. cannot come soon enough.
  • Tina M. – Pedicure.
  • Marcia L. – Tooth implant done first. Second is I got a gift certificate for Ella’s at Christmas for a massage. That’s an essential.
  • Jennifer G. – Honestly, stay at home a little longer.
  • Pam H. – I'm going to invite my boys and their wives and kids out for a big dinner and we will celebrate just being alive.
  • Holly M. – Go camping.
  • Karen D. – Go to the gym. Go to the salon. Go to the mall.
  • Jeremy P. – Bring the cookies I’ve been baking and freezing (up to four dozen and counting) to Sunday worship.
  • Alicia M. – Go camping.
  • Naomi A. – See my mom and give her a big hug. Go down to the cities and visit my friends.
  • Patty W. – Nothing will change for me. I will continue to go to my job where we are closed to the public and practice social distancing and daily sanitizing procedures. I will then go home and stay there. If it is necessary for me to be around people I will wear a mask and will sanitize my hands and surroundings each and every time. I pick up prescriptions at the drive thru and I have our groceries delivered. That is what the medical and science communities are recommending. I can follow their rules to protect myself and my family and that is what I will continue to do. Nothing has changed since March. We do not have a vaccine, an antidote or a cure.
  • Joel D. – A haircut, then live the dream. As always.
  • Kathy E. – Do mostly what I do now, except play cards.
  • Michael S. – Go to a restaurant.
  • LeSha M. – Visit my twin sister and brother-in-law in Oklahoma and hug them for an hour straight. Then hug my parents, do lunch with my grandma and breakfast with my grandpa. Get a massage.
  • Scott G. – Maintain calm and wait for the second wave.
  • Amy R. – Bury my mom, see extended family, work out at the YMCA, go to church and Eucharistic adoration.
  • Janice H. – Love on my family, haircut and go exercise.
  • Rose W. – Say final goodbye to my dad and celebrate his life. He passed away early April, COVID-19 negative, all by himself and I’m heartbroken.
  • Lourie K. – Work off my covid-15 that I have gained.
  • Krista P. – I really want to see my parents. I talk to them on the phone regularly, but haven’t gotten to see or hug them since mid-January. They are in assisted living and I’m sure their lockdown will continue for quite some time.
  • Claudia J. – See my family.

Here are responses from Echo Press employees:

  • Lowell A. – Stay home.
  • Diann D. – Go to my favorite restaurant with friends.
  • Jen V. – With remodeling our upstairs, I am excited to shop our boutiques in town to find some new decor for my home.
  • Karen T. – Arrange playdates for my 7-year-old son, our only child. Maybe visit the Lake Brophy County Park playground, which I hear is amazing.
  • Shelly B. – We have a few plans that are on hold until this is all done. We have planned a summer camping trip with all our children and grandchildren, not sure if we will be able to move forward with those plans, going to Storybook Land in South Dakota. We would also like to have a family reunion at our house for my husband's side of the family with siblings and cousins. On a personal note, I want to go shopping in stores, that is my destressing time called retail therapy.
  • Jared R. – Keep staying home. Just because the shutdown ends doesn’t mean everything goes back to normal.
  • Al E. – Enter a running race and visit a brewery.
  • Michelle W. – Go out to dinner.
  • Jody H. – Go and see Steve’s mom. Haven’t seen her since January. She is 97, turning 98 in November. We need to see her and hug her. We miss her and she needs a hug and so do we.
  • Celeste E. – Hug everyone. Then, get a manicure and pedicure from Becky and give her the biggest hug ever.