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Are you avoiding non essential social events?

88 replies

PapercraftNinja · 13/03/2020 15:29

I’m not sure how cautious to be at this point in time. I don’t work in a city centre but aware it seems to be business as usual..

Supposed to be going into a city centre tomorrow for friends bday lunch. I’m driving so avoiding public transport, but what would you do? Are you generally carrying on attending things as normal?

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funmummy48 · 14/03/2020 07:06

Carrying on as normal, going to cinema, theatre, restaurants, etc,. Will stop when/if these places start to close.


Tulipstulips · 14/03/2020 07:06

This weekend we’re having lunch with friends of the family (DCs go to school and afterschool club together so if one has it, the other will, so no extra risk there) and I’m meant to be seeing a friend and her baby for a day trip somewhere touristy - am considering cancelling that though. Next weekend we were taking MIL and FIL out for Mothers Day and we’re wondering whether we should cancel that but playing it by ear so far - they seem very blade but I’m worried about exposing them to DC.


megletthesecond · 14/03/2020 07:08

Yes, avoiding it this weekend. No shops, parkrun, cafes etc.
School on Monday but I think we'll skip karate this week.


Bienentrinkwasser · 14/03/2020 07:10

I’m carrying on as normal. Some people are going to have to get CV. Whilst I’m washing hands etc. I’m kind of at peace with being one of them.


OwlFox · 14/03/2020 07:11

Life as normal here, we all work n customer facing roles and one person in the household has a lung condition. We are just being more alert with regards to touching faces/washing hands etc.

Also we are going on a 10day holiday within the UK tomorrow. The main accommodation was cancelled by the company yesterday because repair works hadn't been completed due to bad weather. We booked a different site and providor for half the price and a better standard 😃


Fatted · 14/03/2020 07:13

I'm carrying on as normal. We've got a family birthday this weekend so still doing what we had planned.

I have a sibling with terminal cancer so in all honesty, my family have been living in and out of quarantine for months anyway.

I will carry on as normal as I have been until I or my family get sick, or we are forced to change by work and school closures. This is a marathon, not a sprint. There is no point in hiding away for two weeks now if it's still hanging around in another six months.


Waxonwaxoff0 · 14/03/2020 07:15

Life as normal for me until told otherwise. If we do have to go into lockdown then I'm enjoying freedom now while I can. As an extrovert being at home with no human contact for weeks (other than DS) is my idea of a nightmare.

If the Gov is resigned to this "herd immunity" idea, it's better for me to get it than someone vulnerable - I'm under 30, fit with no health issues and rarely get so much as a cold.


spatchcock · 14/03/2020 07:17

Normal life here. This could go on for months, it’s just not practical to self isolate for weeks on end.


LoveIsLovely · 14/03/2020 07:21

@spatchcock well the point is that if people don't go out now, it will die out because it won't be able to spread.

The WHO has literally said that social distancing and aggressive testing is how this will be overcome, but of course so many know better than the experts.


InfiniteSheldon · 14/03/2020 07:26


Yes of course we're avoiding non essential social events. If you don't you are part of the problem

Thus is spades shocked by what I am reading


suggestionsplease1 · 14/03/2020 07:33

Carrying on as normal here. Meeting friends for lunch and then pub later. I will listen to advice and follow it.

I agree with pp who said if government have the idea of herd immunity then I am an ideal candidate to get it as am fit and healthy. Then the onus is on me to ensure that I do not transmit to vulnerable groups.

Several experts are saying it's just going to return if aggressive measures are taken now.


frumpety · 14/03/2020 07:34

I think people will only social distance fully, if it is endorsed or enforced.


Bouncingbomb · 14/03/2020 07:36

I'm not doing much differently at the minute but I have got a quiet weekend planned anyway.

I think BoJo's response is piss poor. Why does our government think we are different to any other country affected by this? Interviews with people like Prof Graham Medley are reassuring but WHO advice is very different.

A couple of conferences I was due to attend have been cancelled already.


Bouncingbomb · 14/03/2020 07:47

I also think BoJo and his team need to get off their arses this weekend and make an announcement, not wait until next week.

I am not sure what the statutory notice required to recall parliament is but I think the speaker can do that in times of emergency.

As this is so time sensitive I think they should do that. I am not panicked, have never bought a bottle of hand sanitiser in my life but this is as serious as the WHO think it is.


Travelban · 14/03/2020 07:54

Both Dh and I mainly working from home now but kids still all at school. Have ds' birthday party next weekend, I am nervous about it but not sure I will cancel it yet. Definitely not travelling...


Meruem · 14/03/2020 07:58

I’m a major introvert anyway and wfh. So I am quite happily staying in and going nowhere. It doesn’t bother me in the slightest and I don’t go out much under normal circumstances anyway so not much of a change! I do like travelling but am not doing that at the moment, in fact likely not at all this year now.

I do have adult DC living with me though and as of yet, I am not trying to curtail their activities. I just insist on thorough hand washing when they arrive home from somewhere. I’m not clear on my risk. I’m 50 and a smoker so I don’t think I can be as blasé about it all as a 30yr old healthy non smoker. But maybe not as frightened as someone who is immune suppressed or elderly.


Ozgirl75 · 14/03/2020 08:02

I haven’t changed anything so far. I’m in Sydney, I’m still going to the gym, going for coffee, shopping normally. Kids are still at school, doing tennis class, swimming etc. I don’t want to start changing things until I really have to! Plus I’m in my 40s, healthy, with two healthy children and don’t have parents in this country. To be honest I’m kind of hoping I get it sooner rather than later to get it over and done with before loads of other people get it.


Ozgirl75 · 14/03/2020 08:04

Oh and my DH is in the U.K. at the moment on business, he says it’s wonderful to be able to drive around with it so much quieter than normal! The only concession we made is that he is staying in a small house instead of the normal large hotel, basically to avoid getting quarantined there.


YgritteSnow · 14/03/2020 08:22

Everyone "carrying on as normal" well Boris and the experts were right weren't they? They won't implement stronger attempts to control because they know we as a nation couldn't/wouldn't cope with it. I hope you're no where else whining about how pathetic he is and how "stronger measures" need to be taken.


Ozgirl75 · 14/03/2020 08:25

I certainly don’t think stronger measures need to be taken.

I think, for example, that Jacinta Arden is totally insane to have just consigned potentially hundreds of businesses to bankruptcy, and singularly stopped the tourism industry in New Zealand, over what appears to be a bad cold for most people.


squeekums · 14/03/2020 08:42

Ozgirl, is that why the NZ NRL team risk being stuck here in aus? Which all I heard. I'm largely avoiding the news and enjoying friends reruns lol
I hadn't heard she shut up shop so to speak.


Waxonwaxoff0 · 14/03/2020 08:49

@YgritteSnow I'm not moaning. School closures would be a massive issue for me as a single parent relying on my income from going to work (can't WHF).


Ozgirl75 · 14/03/2020 08:50

@squeekums she hasn’t closed the borders but has said that anyone who arrives in NZ, including New Zealander’s have to isolate for 14 days.

So basically you can’t do any business there from overseas or go on holiday there.


Waxonwaxoff0 · 14/03/2020 08:51

I've just walked through the local park as a short cut to the supermarket and it's heaving with people doing parkrun, so clearly plenty of people are also carrying on as normal.


squeekums · 14/03/2020 09:44

@Ozgirl75 ahh that makes sense on the stuck team then, would ruin a season if they had to quarantine after every trip. There talk they staying and will play out season here on tv earlier, no home games
But yeah that's as good as closing borders to NZ. Tourism is everything there and they been struggling last few years from earthquakes and the volcano stuff

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