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 Or do you believe that it’s about time they were rescinded?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’.
Personally 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.