Pedestrians walk through NYC on June 16, the day before COVID-19 restrictions lifted in the state. | Photo by Kena Betancur/VIEWpress

With COVID-19 restrictions lifting in some places and outbreaks popping up in others, the pandemic has officially entered the weird zone.

Okay, there’s nothing official about it, but the entire world is in a strange transition time right now — and likely will be for a while. Unlike the jump-cut into the pandemic, or even the suspenseful vaccine ramp-up, this time is more hopeful, less frantic, but also stretched out in an uneven mess. Places, populations, and even industries are moving at different paces as they move back to some semblance of normality.

It’s like the entire globe is playing by a perverse version of “yes, and.” Yes, more people are vaccinated in the US than before, and immunocompromised people are still at risk. Yes,…

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