I feel rather down, with this new lockdown, it didnt work before, why should it this time? As soon as we go back to normal it will kick off again maybe we have to learn to live with it. Selfishly its my birthday in 10 days , can' ,t go out ,cant have friends or family round. I feel for all those people whose business's will go under, or people who have mortgages or rent they cant pay. My son, daughter in law have had it 2 weeks ago luckily they were not very ill and quickly bounced back. My best friends daughter and son in law have had it had no health issues and are very ill , one still in hospital. The hospital i work at the cases rapidly rising, so can see routine operations, appointments cancelled again. I think more people are dying from can't be seen or get gp appointment than covid. Especilly those needing cancer treatments. I have a feeling this will go on and we may be looking at no holidays in 2021 either. That will impact massively on hotels, airlines etc and mental health, we need some sun ! I'll stop doom mongering now and walk the dog , hopefully the rain will old off.
I think this scenario is depressing for the majority of people, particularly for those without a strong support group around them.
I totally agree with YM that ‘ we were daft enough to let it out’ , I do however use the term we loosely, I think the vast majority of the population have obeyed the rules, but a few, such as those hundreds attending a rave in Bristol over the weekend, I had a good look but couldn’t spot our Dennis cutting shapes on the dance floor, he’s obviously not in the ‘daft’ group.
We are normally at this time of year planning a Christmas present delivery to our grandchildren who live in Spain, unfortunately not going to happen this year. We thought things looking up with the Canary Islands being taken off the naughty list, we have not visited our ‘ bolt hole’ since last new year, we have flights booked early January, but not optimistic that we will be permitted to travel.
I can only admire and respect all workers on the front line, and whilst it will not be a normal Christmas for many of us, just think of the situation of NHS/care workers, my gratitude goes out to them all.
I’m in a helluva quandary with this new lockdown. As a whitevanman I qualify to go out for work. And my work is what pays for my holidays etc. And staying home with lousy cold weather just doesn’t appeal.
However, we are both in the at risk age group (more, we’re at the top of the group). Vera has two more COVID dangers to deal with - first she’s a woman, second has had diabetes for about sixty years! But our lovely garden will not be a good place to spend isolation now that winter is here.
So...... It would be feasible for me to work and Vera stay home. My work is pretty safe - when I pickup and deliver I wear mask and gloves both ends and most often I simply open the van and the sender and receiver load and unload with me standing more than 2 meters away and I photo the destination instead of getting a signature.
However, I couldn’t live with myself if I did get it and bring it home to Vera. And what price the stress of leaving her going stir crazy at home whilst I jolly off round the country in my van?
you are doing everything right, with precautions, so i think you are safe to work without endangering vera. As long as you wash your hands as soon as you get in. The goverment is not sending out letters telling certain groups to isolate this time, especially to people who work they have to get their employer to do a risk assesment instead. if safe practices are in place its safe to work. Basically they dont want to have a huge furlough bill !
I forgot to say I also have a squirty bottle of 80% alcohol sanitizer fixed on the inside wall of the van (and another three for when it runs out), my box of gloves still has 80 or 90 left and apart from a bunch of masks in the van, I have an unopened box of 50 masks in my ‘office’.