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What to expect next - following France and Italy

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Rostbif · 12/03/2020 22:57

Evening all. I thought I'd write a post to let you know whats going on here in France, in case it can give you a heads-up about what to expect in the UK in the next week or so. I'm not massively well-informed on the finer details of the national situation, but here are the things that are impacting on my family and daily life.
In the last week, gatherings of over 1000 people (now reduced to 500) have been banned. The local and regional authorities have also cancelled all sporting events e.g. dd5's regional gym competition at the end of the month, and dd4&3's weekend football matches. We haven't been officially told yet, but I imagine all the kids sports clubs will stop this week.
All care homes have stopped allowing visits.
This evening Macron announced that all educational establishments will be closed from Monday, until further notice. It seems likely that they will stay closed until at least the Easter holidays (but that's just my guess). So far, all shops and restaurants etc are still open, and there aren't any food shortages. That said, we are expecting shops (apart from food shops and pharmacies) to close soon, if we follow the same pattern as Italy.
We have stocked up about a week's worth of food (just in case), and have been advised by our friends in northern Italy to buy paint and DIY supplies, as no work + no school = great time to work on the house!
We live in the South of France and it's pretty rural, so the biggest worry here is the economic damage that will be caused by the lack of tourism in the Easter / Summer periods.
The most important advice that I've had from Italy is for elderly / vulnerable people to self-isolate now. Don't wait until the government tell you to.

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Lausch95 · 12/03/2020 23:04

Thank you for providing the heads up. I've been wondering this evening what the next steps will be as it's said to be creeping nearer to British shores. I've started stocking up on essentials but handwash and toilet paper are hard to find at the moment. It's very worrying!!!

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bengalcat · 12/03/2020 23:08

Any thoughts on whether ski resorts will close early ?

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TooExtraImmatureCheddar · 12/03/2020 23:12

Interesting re sporting events! Would it matter if the sport is non-contact? Iā€™m judging at a regional event on Saturday and have been wondering if it will be cancelled.

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FacingtheAbess · 12/03/2020 23:14

Thanks op

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Rostbif · 13/03/2020 00:02

@bengalcat no news yet about ski resorts in France at the mo. We are off skiing for the weekend tomorrow Grin Italy have closed their resorts though, so I think there is a good chance France will do the same.

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bengalcat · 13/03/2020 00:03

Italy has closed its resorts and also some/all Austria - we will ā€˜ watch this space ā€˜

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Rostbif · 13/03/2020 00:05

@TooExtraImmatureCheddar over here I don't think it matters if it's non-contact or not. It's just any gathering of people Sad Fingers crosses for you though!

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Rostbif · 13/03/2020 00:06

@FacingtheAbess you're welcome Smile

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val4 · 13/03/2020 00:13

I'm in Ireland and Government has shut all creches, schools and universities for 2 weeks ( at least). All sporting events have been cancelled, including children's training clubs. All mass gatherings of over 100 people are stopped, and restaurants and cafes are instructed to implement distances of 1 1/2 metres. All people have been asked to restrict all social interactions especially if elderly or with health problems. It all seems very harsh but hopefully will help to slow down the spread of this virus.

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WhatCanBrownBearSee · 13/03/2020 01:24

I'm in the most affected region of the US. Our schools just closed until April 27th. The big companies have had everyone working from home for over a week now. Any gathering of over 250 ppl is cancelled and there are restrictions on smaller groups. Shops still open, as is our local ski resort. It remains to be seen what will come next and whether people will comply with the spirit of the latest advice, but we are fully expecting further restrictions over the next few days/weeks.

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Rostbif · 15/03/2020 19:16

A quick update ...
Shit's properly kicked-off now. Everything is closed apart from food shops, pharmacies, banks etc. Ski resorts all closed too. Time to start home-schooling and sorting the garden out Confused

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SapphireSalute · 15/03/2020 19:20

we will follow....i work in a diy store here in uk....this weekend has been manic with people panic project buying ready for lockdown....its coming soon

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Rostbif · 15/03/2020 19:20

Oh, and get your elderly / vulnerable loved ones to self-isolate now! Don't wait for Boris to tell you to. If France follows Italy and the UK follows France (which they have perfectly, so far) it's going to get really grim Sad

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Rostbif · 16/03/2020 22:28

Aaaaaand now, we are on lockdown. Borders closed, and we are only allowed out to go food shopping, to the pharmacy or for physical activity close to your home. Feeling a little bit scary tbh Confused

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