One basic ambiguity in the new guidelines seems to be whether or not staying
at home equals staying indoors. The various Facebook groups for my area
have seen a good few posts saying "But can I go out into the garden, not
just once a day for the permitted outdoor exercise but as often as I like?".
In this modern world the term Common Sense seems to be becoming a
misnomer. Surely, by now everyone has heard that the virus is spread by
droplets, directly and via contact with surfaces. Armed with this
knowledge, what possible reason would there be for people not to go into
Last advice I heard was you can go out into the garden but stay 2m away fro
m any boundary. Domestic management who is having chemo has just got a text
that seems to contradict that advice being told to stay indoors and try an
d keep a distance even in there. I notice that earlier published informatio
n cited diabetes as a high risk factor but no mention on NHS 111 when I wen
t on yesterday and seems to have been dropped from advice on the TV.
On Tue, 24 Mar 2020 11:35:54 +0000, email@example.com wrote:
With a bit of care I and the neighbours can all be in the gardens and 5m
On a walk the other day I stayed upwind of almost everyone apart from 2
separate pairs of cyclist, but it was very windy and they're past in a
coupel of seconds, so just a chance...!
We try to do that but people do seem to often follow the general
rule_of_the_road and walk / cycle on the left.
Therefore, in our typically 5 miles loop walk, we will cover all
points of the compass as we do so, meaning we will be on the downwind
side of the path during some of it (as is only fair).
We both wear glasses so that might just help a bit and hold our breath
as we pass people (but not obviously). ;-)
I do wonder how many people know what 2m (of social separation)
actually is / looks like?
Cheers, T i m
On 24/03/2020 11:35, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If what happened in other countries is to be taken as an example then
the pattern will be as follows:
- government will give it between one and two weeks and look tat the
- If there is a drop in new cases, then all is well and continue for the
full 3 weeks and assess
- If there is no drop after the 1-2 weeks (i.e. people are not getting
the message) then more enforcement will be introduced.
Personally I suspect that the expected/imminent sharp rise in cases and
deaths will sharpen people's minds.
Only those who are not aware of what is going on already inside every
hospital in the country take this lightly. Have a quick chat to a doctor
or a nurse and you won't sleep for the rest of the week...
The official announcement on gov.uk/coronavirus actually uses the wording
"You should only leave *the house* for one of four reasons" - so there at
least, staying at home does equal staying inside.
But there's ambiguity in that document too: one of the permitted reasons is
"one form of exercise a day". One form? So strictly speaking, twenty
separate walks a day is fine, ten walks and ten bike rides is not. I know
I'm splitting hairs but I do wish that these things could be written by
people who know how to use the language. If you mean "one period of
exercise" then say so.
Unfortunately, the correct use of grammatical constructions started to
die when clause analysis was removed from English Grammar O levels.
One of my pet hates, which appears to be spreading almost as quickly as
Covid-19, is "the below". Examples from the Screwfix website include:
"the below criteria" and "the below locations"; where did this start?
Why is it so difficult to type "the following criteria" or "the criteria
(Nurse, it's time for my medication - whilst waiting for someone to spot
a grammatical error in the "above text" ;-) ?
Just read the “Boris text” SWAMBO got and it specifically i
n her case says stay in your home, you can open a window but do not go outs
ide. So it seems she cannot even do the one form of exercise either.
On 24/03/2020 16:45, email@example.com wrote:
Cheapest publicity ever. Make stupid statement you have no intention of
following. Await outrage online. Perform U-turn. Get even more
publicity. He'll leverage that publicity again when he does open the stores.
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