Today is the beginning of a tense few days here in the Capitol. According to the last reports we, DC staffers, received today through the 6th are all possible days for a protest/attempted occupation of the Capitol again. While I am not overly concerned with the 5,000 National Guard members still stationed here the overall idea is pretty upsetting. When you add in that I am having to stay at a hotel due to my roommate recovering from COVID it is just a super weird situation. Today I also reached out to the Chief of Staff at the office I work at because I am going a little stir-crazy...
I have been staying at this hotel since Monday and could be here until the 12th if my roommate does not recover as quickly as I would hope. While I do not have to quarantine I also have not been able to go back to work since I was sent home Monday. Tuesday another person from the office tested positive so I know the other intern was also told to stay home. I have since tested negative for COVID and am waiting to see when I can return back to work. Since I have not been able to do anything regarding my internship I am running out of things to keep me occupied!
While I have gone running and out to eat or pick up something I need everything revolves around spending money for the most part. I am not really wanting to go shopping every day I am out of the office.... which would cost way too much on an internship salary. Since today is the first day of possible protests there is also an added security presence out. With January 6th still fresh in my mind I only want to travel as far as walking distance is just on the off chance that something does pop off.
It has just been announced too that Capitol Hill Police are asking the National Guard to stay two more months through May. If this request is granted it will be the National Guard would have been deployed for my entire internship which is really discouraging. COVID and all of its restrictions were bad enough but adding in this is pretty crazy. Also unlike most of the country right now sporting events in DC are completely closed still. Even New York and Chicago are allowing some percentage of fans in as long as rules and restrictions are followed but not here in DC.
I finally am even taking care of the tasks I have put off for a few weeks. I can only read so many books and do so much research before I feel like I am going to go stir crazy. I want to be able to be around people however with the office being closed and being unable to be in my apartment it really kills the few people I have been able to meet in this new city for me. This has at least taught me that I really need to branch out more than I have been and while I have been able to a ton more recently as I have settled into work this is the awakening I needed to continue to put myself out there and meet even more people.
I hope the streets stay quiet the rest of the day as earlier we had a ton of emergency vehicles moving around south of the Capitol and a couple of different times a helicopter went by which is not normal at all.