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Should guidance for social distancing be stricter?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by littlejackhorner, Mar 18, 2020.

  1. littlejackhorner

    littlejackhorner Occasional commenter

    Yesterday's advice was that we should all practice social distancing. Chris Whitty said we should avoid social gatherings and pubs and restaurants. I went for a walk today and all of our local cafes were busy. Last night my husband's friends all met up in a local pub. This morning I contacted my friend to cancel our arranged meeting today and she seemed surprised and was still planning to go out to a restaurant tomorrow. Am I being over cautious or are others being foolhardy? If the latter then how long before this becomes enforced?
  2. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Should guidance for social distancing be stricter?


    Without a shadow of a doubt.
  3. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    It took France 2 days to react to people ignoring social distancing and now pretty much everything is closed and the streets are near empty. Fines if you are out without the required valid paperwork.
  4. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Daily Mail reckons 20000 troops are on standby to Police a putative London lock down.
  5. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    I feel like I am going to live an Edward Hopper painting.
  6. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Pub at the end of my road was open last night, but I could only spot a couple of people in there. Normally it's pretty full every night of the week.

    All of the meet ups I had in my diary have gone, ranging from a conference through church meetings & services to meeting a friend whose birthday yesterday was. Even a group walk planned for next week has been cancelled, and badminton club.

    It's a pity people can't do the right thing without compulsion - a bit like the selfish buying which has stripped the shops so that limits have had to be imposed. If this continues for more than a couple of months, I think government rationing will have to be brought in.
  7. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    I have a spa day and afternoon tea booked for Monday that the hotel (understandably) is refusing to rearrange because it's business as usual while the government isn't insisting on closure.

    At least that's only a relatively small sum of money. What about weddings and booked large parties? Hotels are taking the same view and insurance won't cover cancellation as it's deemed to be the customer's choice.
  8. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Very poor. Lots of restaurants etc I know have emailed to say that they will rearrange/issue vouchers for future use.

    Personalty I will go back to those which behave well now, and won't to those who don't (as far as I can judge).
    agathamorse, caress and needabreak like this.
  9. Norsemaid

    Norsemaid Lead commenter

    I agree with your last paragraph completely @chelsea2 if the trend continues rationing will be the forward. A shame but there we are.
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  10. Norsemaid

    Norsemaid Lead commenter

    It seems to me that the media are dictating the pace and style of the measures, not the government / scientific /medical community!
    The newspapers aren't helping anybody with the nonsense they write.
    agathamorse and border_walker like this.
  11. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter


    My husband came home from work last night (he's staggering manning his office's lighthouse with his boss) looking quite haggard and said that he expected troops to be in London quite soon. He works at the Scottish Parliament. I wouldn't have mentioned it on here (scaremongering) but it looks like the DM has already found out about it.
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  12. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    I haven't a clue whether they are even going to lock down London, let alone whether they have 20,000 troops to enforce it. But if they were going to lock down I wouldn't expect them to immediately use troops to enforce it. Use of troops is normally only considered if the Police are unable to cope. Is there a contingency plan for it? I sure hope so, it would pretty negligent of the government if there weren't, but that doesn't mean it's about to be put into action. They have civil emergency contingency plans for most things (although apparently not for closing schools!:rolleyes:)

    EDIT Looking at the various media reports about this none say that the troops have been put on standby specifically to enforce a London lockdown. It's 20,000 for the whole country to support the government in a range of roles.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2020
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  13. DrLinus

    DrLinus Established commenter

    Coronavirus: Emergency laws will give powers to close airports and detain and quarantine people
  14. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Yes, it should.
    Because many people are too stupid or too selfish to follow advice.
    Advice is only good if you take it.
    These people have been asked..................now they need to be told.
  15. DrLinus

    DrLinus Established commenter

    "I, for one, welcome our virus overlords."
    caress likes this.
  16. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    Pubs in London are open and being used. That needs to stop, send the troops in and shut em all down.
  17. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    Boris Johnson seems reluctant to move towards enforcement on the grounds that he respects the country as a liberal democracy. France, Italy and Spain are also liberal democracies but they have acted decisively in the face of this virus. No doubt London will be in lockdown by the weekend, though. I'd put money on it.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2020
  18. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Resistance is futile:


  19. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I don't know whether I'm alone in noticing that social distancing seems to have become a lot easier to achieve since the supermarkets ran out of soap.
  20. angiebabe

    angiebabe Occasional commenter

    My brother and sister in law are still planning to socialise with best friends tonight and then come home in a taxi! They’re both still recovering from Legionnaires disease and their friends have just returned from Portugal where they met up with about 15 family members - made up of some who lived in Portugal, some who travelled from South Africa and and some were returning from Norwegian cruise!!
    agathamorse likes this.

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