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Dont Panic!

Day one of the ‘Fookin stay at home or else’ lockdown.

Thankfully the sun is shining, birds are singing, sky is blue and not too cold out there. Unlike many I am lucky to have a garden. It didn’t get much attention last year but I reckon it may well get some attention in next few weeks at least. The hedges need a good prune, not unlike my own hair, which is already looking shocking as haven’t had it cut for over a month already and now. Seeing as the government are saying it will be at least 3 weeks before any relaxing of the current restrictions we can’t get our hair cut or will have to do it ourselves (I have clippers)! So from currently looking like Worzel Gummidge I may look end up looking either like Norman Reedus or Patrick Stewart (either of which I would be happy with).

I thought I would start this blog as a journal for myself mostly, to record what is an unprecedented event, to record how I cope (or not) and what I get up to. I don’t plan to keep a record of government announcements or list the ever changing restrictions.

The Current ‘Measures’.

  • Shops selling “non-essential goods” including clothes and electronics stores will be closed immediately
  • Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship will also close
  • Gatherings of more than two people (excluding people who live together) will be banned
  • There will be no weddings or baptisms but funerals will be allowed
  • Parks will remain open but people are only to go out to exercise once a day

Boris said that if these rules are not followed then police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings. People are also being told not to meet friends or family members who do not live with them. He also said people would only be allowed to leave their homes in future for specific and limited purposes:

  • Shopping for “basic necessities”, as infrequently as possible. People should use delivery services, where they can
  • Medical reasons, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only if it is “absolutely necessary”

The measures will last for three weeks from 20:30 23 March before being reviewed.

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