Mixed news from Victoria
Victoria is now effectively a police state. The premier (the equivalent of a governor in the US) has declared an official State of Disaster.
We are confined to within 5km of our homes, and business is being virtually shut down except for narrowly-defined essential services.
Police are stopping cars to check permits, the military is knocking on doors to ensure that people who are supposed to be self-isolating are doing so, and, perhaps most confrontingly, a nighttime curfew has been imposed.
All things I never imagined I would ever see in this country.
We've been the same, well, actually we've been much more careful than what Boris has done for us. We were driving to shops using sanitizer back at the end of January, we also went into lockdown a month before Boris decided to put the country into lockdown. We shielded our elderly parents from the end of February.I have towed the line all through the restrictions but i know or work with several who havent and dont really seem to care which makes me angry
Let's not forget that for months right-wingers have been protesting against the lockdown, gathering in large numbers and making a point of not exercising social distancing and wearing face coverings.
Some of our restrictions leave us scratching our heads. For example. During the upcoming sports finals only one parent is allowed to the game to watch their little Sarah or Johnny score a goal, try etc. Meanwhile one of our biggest sports, the NRL (National Rugby League) allows thousands of spectators - depending on the size of the stadium - into the game. As a listener said when they phoned into a radio station this morning when the topic was brought up by the radio jocks; perhaps little Sarah or Johnny's game can be held in a supermarket...clearly no restrictions are happening there.It's madness.
I've been watching a few of the NRL games and seen the crowds, boy, do I wish we could do that here. I hate the false cheers they are using to give our game some kind of atmosphere.Meanwhile one of our biggest sports, the NRL (National Rugby League) allows thousands of spectators - depending on the size of the stadium - into the game.
perhaps little Sarah or Johnny's game can be held in a supermarket...clearly no restrictions are happening there.
I think honestly these things should be taken as a guide. Ultimately it's about having common sense and using your initiative. I think it's ok to see friends if you know that they have been pretty much doing all they are supposed to do, and understand fully the risks. If you are not going out to bars and clubs regularly, are really only going to work and home and are doing all the precautions then you should be fine to meet friends for dinner if they are doing the same. For instance my three best friends are living in city centre, I am in BT17 which is on the outskirts of Belfast. However two of my best friends work in healthcare, in a hospital and are fully aware of health and safety measures and how to protect against covid. I also work in healthcare so we know what to avoid and what's ok.We (in Northern Ieland are now having restrictions imposed on postcodes. It's madness.
For example - Belfast is now restricted, which operates a postcode BT1-BT15. Some of my friends live in BT5 and had wanted to go out for dinner next week, but should they be? The restrictions apply to having people in your HOME. So you can't have them in your home, but you can go out to dinner with them!?
As someone said on Twitter - 'so I can't go and visit my Granny in her house, but I can take her out to Thompson's Garage (a nightclub)?'
What do you think @Alexis ??
I also have a friend who has been travelling back and forward to Turkey - why is there not a blanket ban on travel? Our health minister has already stated that if we were any other European country we'd be in lockdown.
I mean.... Honestly. I just wouldn't have contact with someone like that. I know it's your friend but you have to put your own health first. I am so sick of hearing people say stupid things like, it's just a virus, like the cold or flu. I've heard all kind of weird idiotic things about it being a conspiracy and all kinds of utter nonsense. Your friend could feel fine but infect other friends or relatives. My advice is be picky about who you see and spend time with.What if one of said friends ISN'T TAKING precautions @Alexis and has been on holiday back and forth and not quarantining? I love my friend but I cannot get through to him. He says he refuses to live his life that way and has never locked down, even when we were supposed to. He even went on holiday with someone who has COPD, which is a chronic condition. He is lucky to still have both his parents and his grandmother. I feel stupid saying 'oh I'm not going' but I am scared because I know he hasn't been careful.