Coronavirus

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Coronavirus - The Poll

  1. Not had test

    39.7%
  2. Tested negative

    49.3%
  3. Tested positive

    9.6%
  4. Tested positive more than once

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  1. Alsty

    Alsty TowersStreet Member

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    I didn't go to a pub today (I decided to let the initial chaos settle), but I walked through the shopping centre. What a farce that was. Everybody was ignoring the one way markings and just walking in all directions and not keeping any separation. In fact it was exactly like it was before lockdown. Perhaps most disappointingly was nobody from the shopping centre was there to enforce (or even advise) people to at least try to follow the rules. It's like Coronavirus never happened.

    One thing's for sure... I shan't be returning in a hurry. People just can't be trusted to take any responsibility for their own safety, never mind the safety of others.
     
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    And this is exactly whilst companies like my employer will benefit from cornavirus indirectly due to the increased rise in online shopping.

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  3. James

    James TS Founding Member

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    Drunken brawls was inevitable, whether pubs opened today or later on. The day of the week we can pick at, Saturday wasn't the wisest day to allow pubs to reopen.

    I went to town today to go shoe shopping (not for pleasure), which was an experience. Tried my best to socially distance, no one around me bothering to try. One way system in place, most people ignoring it. A mass queue for Primark right in the centre of the high street, causing a nightmare to negotiate across the crowd.

    I think I'll go back in my cave and stick to home and work for now.

    Not long now for Wales.

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    That photo's wrong, mate. Water level must be twice that height in Wales. :)
     
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    Non of the pubs in 7 mile radius of where I live are able to open as they haven’t got a beer garden or an outdoor drinking area. More then likely they will open around end of July or early August. But by god it will be worth it I never thought I’d miss the pub as much as I would. Soon as the mrs made me help her with online clothes shopping That’s when it reached rock bottom for me, atleast when the pubs are open I can hide there :D.
     
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    It's a high level beer garden.

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    Clearly not high enough. ;)
     
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    Rob TS Forum Team Team Member

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    Can't help but feel that a significant proportion of the population feel that this health crisis is over with restrictions being lifted as they have been today. I hope the impact on new cases is not as significant.
     
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    Do you have a sense of how much people are adhering to the local lockdown in your area?

    Generally speaking, it feels like a lost cause in my experience. Our fridge gave up yesterday so went to Curry's today, wish we hadn't. It was chucking it down and the manager was trying her best to keep the queue happy as we got soaked, ensuring we were two metres apart ... but at the same time, passing umbrellas amongst people which felt like it was undoing all their hard work to have us distance appropriately.
     
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    I went into Liverpool and onto the Trafford Centre on Tuesday with my brother. Face masks, gloves, hand sanatizer, we've got Covid-19 prep down to a fine art. Everyone else is grabbing their bags, touching their phones, picking things up....nah, not us. Gloves on, don't touch a thing I own or my face, gloves off (carefully), clean hands = happy me.

    However, prepping for morons is a different matter. By the end of the day I was literally waiting to punch someone. The amount of people WHO DO NOT even try to socially distance is absolutely infuriating.

    The signs were in place, one way system but no.... Apparently one way doesn't mean one way anymore. I did go into Primark.........it was like nothing in the world was happening. I have never seen so many people not socially distancing. I am happy to accept sometimes you cant.... But I just wanted to scream at those who had the space to do so but didn't.

    The best stores were Waterstones and HMV. Quiet, calm, they were lovely. The clothing stores were the insane looking ones and Apple. Disney required a face mask..... Personally those with them on should have been allowed to go ahead of everyone else. I knew and read the rules for visiting Disney, we were the only ones in there that didn't have to be given a mask. It was pretty bad inside though, people too busy to look after their kids. And leaving double buggies in the way of the aisles.

    I was only at the Trafford Centre for an hour and that was enough. Again there was a clearly marked one way system, by this point in the day we both started to loudly say it's a one way system as people passed. I don't known if anyone heard our comments which got progressively louder but I actually would have liked someone to have said something.....by this point I was ready for a fight, because it was just INSANE that not only were they not walking in the right direction but they were almost ON PURPOSE getting as near as they could to us. My brother reckons it's a case of "I'm not moving, you move" by which time it's sometimes too late.

    And some absolute waste of oxygen got so close behind me while I was standing outside Superdrug I literally jumped into the air at the shock of someone getting that close, he along with his pals stayed for about a 30 seconds then walked away.

    My experience so far is most of humanity does not have a brain and if there is a cult of Thanos out there, I'm joining. If I could snap my fingers and remove from my realm people who are willingly breaking rules, guidelines whatever you want to call them, I honestly think I would.* I want a life back, the more people there are who don't follow simple rules means the chance of that happening in this year is slim. Too many think this is over when we are still waist deep in it.

    * Before people get offended by my apparent idea to snuff out countless people for not social distancing, if I honestly could snap my fingers and choose the sort of people I would remove from the planet, as long as you don't hurt animals you'll be OK I promise. :)
     
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    I was moaning and telling everyone that we were infested with morons who couldn't or wouldn't follow guidelines a couple of months back but it seems that only now people realise where my anger was coming from. I've been working full time in a large supermarket throughout this whole thing and trust me a lot of people havn't been willing to even follow directional arrows from the very start, even when confronted. The British people are nowadays unfortunately an entitled moronic lost cause. Best to just take precautions for yourself and let the dullards out there get on with infecting and fighting each other.
     
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    Been in your shoes mate working in retail and fully hear what you’re saying. I left because I literally ended up hating serving people, being paid crap wages to have no say because hey “Customers always right.” Balls to that.
     
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    I hear you brother. Just hoping for a juicy redundancy in the next few years as I've been there a long long time and then hopefully never work in retail again. Gotta stick it out for a while longer yet. People are just terrible.
     
  14. Spookle15

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    Same. To be honest, the last day I left the house for the foreseeable future was March 24th, by which time we as a family had struggled to buy things that where regular purchases like hamster food, paracetemol, toilet rolls, kitchen rolls, hand wipes (which we always bought), packets of mash, walkers crisp etc for a few weeks prior to lockdown. That was a good indication to us anyway, of the state of mind the British public had, so it was no surprise at all, within days of lockdown to hear stories about social distancing in queues outside might be OK, but when inside it was a free for all.

    And while when I was out on Tuesday it was the usual suspects of people, the type you would expect to not social distance because obviously Primark being open = no Covid-19, I have to say even in garden centres (which are so much better than most places I have to say) the people you would think would social distance, older people, don't either. But I have to admit, I have also been pleasantly surprised by the people who have stood aside to let me pass, apologised for maybe getting too close or stand around awkwardly wondering if they should move or stay while I'm thinking the same. It's not happened often, but I've felt like I've had a little "moment" with those people, that there are some out there who try like I do, to keep my distance.

    Taking my mum out to places is really stressful. I've overly careful with all of this, she thinks I'm overly careful, I'm glad to admit it. So I'm dealing with her maybe not doing what I would do (which isn't to say she's doing anything wrong, it's more likely me being overwrought) but I am also dealing with other people. Only yesterday in a garden centre, my mum was looking at an item, back turned away from the route through the centre and some dozy woman, walking the wrong way was literally less than a rulers length away from her. And as she could see my mum and my mum couldn't see her, she was the one who should socially distanced. Initially when it was just me and my brother venturing out, I think the tales we were telling mum about what people were like, were maybe not getting through to her. But she has seen it herself now and understands you have to be alert all the time and assume everyone else isn't going to keep out of your way.

    I wish you could say things over the tannoy..... "could the lady in the blue trousers who is looking at the tomatoes please keep your distance from other customers..... that's the third person you have been too close to in the last 30 seconds..... they don't want your germs.....thank you".

    Would love to do that job.

    I hate that phrase, customer is always right. I'm not in retail, and I know they're not right. It's a stupid, stupid saying that people think their entitled to quote whenever they feel like.

    I was in a Tesco last summer, when a big bald bloke made a checkout girl cry because he needed to provide ID or something and he was causing a huge fuss, talking about his rights and wanting to see the manager. I'm not sure if ultimately maybe the checkout girl was incorrect in what he had to provide (he was quite old) but nevertheless, it was pretty appalling to witness. And other checkout staff were definitely unhappy, one lady in particular whilst they waited for the manager was not quiet about her opinion of how he carried on. I thought from what I saw, there was quite a lot of camaraderie between the staff, which was good to see. I guess that's what gets you through a day in somewhere like that, when anything could happen.
     
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    Loving the tannoy idea!
     
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    I've said for years that a modern day version of conscription should require everyone to spend some time working in a customer facing role.
    It would make everyone a lot nicer to experience first hand how badly some customers act.
     
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    I had to work in retail from the age of 10, family diy business.
    Family retail is a different experience...
    "If you are going to be rude, get out of my shop".
    First said at the age of eleven.
    Said every few weeks.
    By the age of sixteen, I was basically offered the shop.
    But by then I had six years experience of weekends and all school holidays.
    Not a bloody chance!
     
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    I’ve heard some mixed stories of yesterday. From people’s Snapchat stories (from the smaller town of Widnes and from the city of Nottingham), people seemed to be socially distant from other groups but were not making any attempt to be socially distant from members of the same party, even though they were from different households.

    Again, this blame is down to the stupid and and confusing guidance from the government because I believe that they’ve clearly never abandoned the herd immunity strategy they were all so keen on in March. It’s easy for them to blame the people rather than themselves when it all goes wrong.

    That being said, I had heard news last night of a few pubs in the Nottingham area that had closed early due to the fighting and unrest. I don’t know if pubs have been told they have to shut if this occurs but I guess it’s better than nothing.

    I was always expecting that socially distancing rules would go out the window when shops and pubs reopened because they can never logically function with them in place.

    It’s just a shame that I personally don’t feel comfortable going the pub any time soon (maybe in Widnes it won’t be too bad?) because I’d love nothing more than to have a sense of normality with my friends...
     
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    I've spent nearly seven years working in retail. It took me a couple of weeks to realise just how irritatingly some customers behave. :p
     
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    Yes there were brawls and a distinct lack of social distancing in some parts of the country last night, however I think that would have to be expected. Those that were so desperate to get to the pub as soon as it opened are probably those more likely to not be bothered about distancing. Hopefully yesterday is the worst of it and folk are a bit more civilised going forward. Next weekend will be the teller, I imagine.
     
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