My five cents…………

This week Fandango asks:
Do you think it’s premature for states to be lifting the stay-at-home, shelter-in-place, and social distancing restrictions? Or do you believe that it’s about time they were rescinded? Once they are removed, how quickly are you likely to resume living your life as you did in the pre-pandemic days?

We live in a holiday resort area in the UK, and believe the lockdown has been the final nail in the coffin for a lot of local businesses here. In my opinion, a ‘return to normal’ just isn’t going to happen either here or in the surrounding areas.
Answering the last part of Fandango’s question first, apart from the social distancing and not having so many impromptu field trips to shop or not, our routine has been modified, but not drastically changed.

IMO, our government was too slow in reacting, and should have closed the ports, airports and Channel Tunnel as well. People were still coming into the country, not being tested and allowed to carry on their ‘merry way’.
I think it is the money men pushing for the lockdown restrictions to be eased or removed because they are losing money hand over fist. Promises of government handouts to help pay wages are yet to be made good, and to think that the peak has been reached when the numbers of new cases and deaths are still so high is the dreams of fools.
Already we have visitors coming to our town and others local to us who show no regard for the residents in respect of social distancing or tolerance in joining shopping queues let alone buying just what they need as they strip the shelves of fresh produce, loading their trolleys high. If restrictions are lifted it will be a free-for-all here and once again there will be shortages affecting the vulnerable who do not have the means to shop elsewhere.
Common sense seems to have gone out of the window and people will think nothing of going on holiday, close encounters with everyone, crowds, social gatherings, and all it takes is JUST ONE person to pass the virus on, and the numbers will soon soar again as one can infect 3, those 3 infect 3 more and so on.
What about those infected who don’t show symptoms? How many will they infect as they enjoy the restored freedoms?
The second wave will be worse than the first.

I don’t have medical knowledge. I’m not an expert in anything, but I value life, especially my own and my loved ones, which is more than I can say for those who are playing with it with their foolhardy ideas without thinking things through.
So even if they do ease the restrictions, I shall still wear my gloves and mask when shopping, I will continue to respect the social distance guidelines and I’ll avoid everyone I don’t know.
I remember being told as a child to ‘Put that down! You don’t know where it’s been!’
Now it’s a case of “I don’t know you, I don’t know where you’ve been, who you’ve been socialising with, or who they socialised with before meeting up with you.”

Well, you did ask.



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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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27 Responses to My five cents…………

  1. colinandray says:

    The “Idiot Factor” which you so well describe is prevalent here as well … and presumably around the world. As a species, we could be doomed by our own stupidity … or greed, which ever comes first!

    • We can only do what we can to protect ourselves. I cannot believe that some people think it will ‘go away’ of its own accord. Keep safe Colin.

  2. I too live in a tourist town and normally we’d be tripping over hoards of foreign school kids right now! I don’t entirely agree with your somewhat pessimistic view of what might happen. A lot of people are already saying they’ll be nervous to go out even when allowed to do so. We’ll see, but not just yet!

    • I’m curious as to which bit Keith, the town or second wave? Our town is small but we live by the sea which is what makes it popular. Businesses were already closing before this with the shops not being reoccupied and our market has been a dead loss for months. Local media have done the sums and we are second to one other about unlikely recovery.
      I’m usually a glass half full kinda girl who knows where the tap is for a top up

  3. quiall says:

    I agree!!! They may just start another ‘wave’! It only takes one idiot.

  4. Sadje says:

    You’ve said it so well Di.

  5. I agree with you, Di. It just takes one covidiot to start a catastrophe. For economy to exist, humans should still be around.

  6. Fandango says:

    “Common sense seems to have gone out of the window….” Yes it has, all around the globe.

  7. Oddly enough, my response echoes yours, Di. Utah is reliant on tourism for most of its commerce. The ski resorts were hit hard because C-19 knocked their season for six and the numbers were extremely low. Now, with it getting a lot warmer and the lifting of restrictions, I’m seeing more and more people flocking here with out of state plates and from Canada as well (I’m not sure why my tiny town is so popular for Canadians, and honestly I suspect they are on their way south to somewhere else) but the idea of tourists is freaking me out. I, like you, have to think, “where have you BEEN and have you brought something nasty with you?” when I see those people and their cars. This next bit will prove to be interesting.

  8. willowdot21 says:

    I agree Di, it’s the money rules syndrome. I have no wish for the lockdown to be lifted too early as I fear there might be a second wave 💜🌈

  9. murisopsis says:

    I agree with your assessment! It all boils down to money! I would rather ease the restrictions based on looking at the number of cases and the number of deaths instead of checking the bank balance. My state is opening and a large number of people are running amok – out en mass, no face masks and a complete disregard for social distancing. I’m staying in until all of them have gotten sick and are out of circulation… Then I’ll venture out with all the other cautious folks keeping our masks on and compulsively washing our hands and staying 6- 10 feet apart!!

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