CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 100 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 23.6.2020

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CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 100 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Yes, us oldies, the over 70s have been in Lockdown for 100 days today. Glorious! Marvellous, not!

But at least Boris came up with some good news. Lets read what it was.

In the Commons today, Mr Johnson said he did not believe there was “a risk of a second peak of infections that might overwhelm the NHS”.

Boris Johnson is cheered as he announces English pubs can reopen from 4 July.

Announcing the biggest easing of lockdown yet, he said two households in England will be able to meet indoors and stay overnight – with social distancing.

While he warned all the steps were “reversible”, he confirmed the following venues would be able to reopen:

Pubs, bars and restaurants but only with a table service indoors, and owners will be asked to keep contact details of customers to help with contact tracing.

Hotels, holiday apartments, campsites and caravan parks but shared facilities must be cleaned properly.

Theatres and music halls but they will not be allowed to hold live performances.

In other changes weddings will be allowed to have 30 attendees, and places of worship will be allowed to hold services but singing will be banned.

Hair salons and barbers will be able to reopen but must have protective measures, such as visors, in place.

Libraries, community centres and bingo halls.

Cinemas, museums and galleries.

Funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks, amusement arcades, outdoor skating rinks and model villages.

Indoor attractions where animals are exhibited, such as at zoos, aquariums, farms, safari parks and wildlife centres.

Some other venues will remain closed by law, including nightclubs, casinos, indoor play areas, nail bars and beauty salons, swimming pools and indoor gyms.

Those businesses set to reopen in 10 days’ time are awaiting guidance from the government on how they can operate as safely as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.

Initial advice says businesses should keep customers’ contact details for 21 days to help support the track and trace system.

But in most cases the government has told companies that more detailed advice will follow soon.

BBC political correspondent Iain Watson said it suggested that decisions on which parts of the economy to reopen were made very recently.

It comes as struggling retailers must pay their quarterly rent to landlords on Wednesday.

Labour is calling for NHS staff to be tested every week for coronavirus so that patient waiting list backlogs can be safely cleared.

Health leaders are calling for an urgent review to determine whether the UK is properly prepared for the “real risk” of a second wave of coronavirus.

In an open letter published in the British Medical Journal, ministers were warned that urgent action would be needed to prevent further loss of life.

The presidents of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, Nursing, Physicians, and GPs all signed the letter.

It comes after Boris Johnson announced sweeping changes to England’s lockdown.

On Tuesday, the prime minister said pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers will be able to reopen from 4 July.

The 2m social-distancing rule will be replaced with a “one-metre plus” rule, meaning people should stay at least 2m apart where possible, but otherwise should remain at least 1m apart while taking steps to reduce the risk of transmission, such as wearing face coverings.

The 2m rule will remain in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, however.

Both the government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and the chief medical officer for England Professor Chris Whitty stressed Mr Johnson’s plan was not “risk-free” at Tuesday’s final daily Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

“While the future shape of the pandemic in the UK is hard to predict, the available evidence indicates that local flare-ups are increasingly likely and a second wave a real risk,” they wrote in the letter.

“Many elements of the infrastructure needed to contain the virus are beginning to be put in place, but substantial challenges remain.”

The authors of the letter, also signed by the chair of the British Medical Association, urge ministers to set up a cross-party group with a “constructive, non-partisan, four nations approach”, tasked with developing practical recommendations.

“The review should not be about looking back or attributing blame,” they said, and instead should focus on “areas of weakness where action is needed urgently to prevent further loss of life and restore the economy as fully and as quickly as possible”.

And how are our days going? Brilliantly.

We have seen our grandchildren on three consecutive days. Wonderful!

We started off Sunday we had a Father’s Day McDonald’s Take Way Picnic on our daughter’s back lawn with all four grandchildren 2 metres apart. And we had a two-mile walk with them, giving us a good four hours together.

Next on Monday our son-in-law brought the car for repair and for tyres to be checked out.  Whilst that was being done he left the car at the garage and he and our two grandchildren spent a couple of hours with us at a distance of 2 metres on our back garden.

The sunshine was glorious, and we played hide and seek and searched for worms with lots of other distanced inter activities. It was so good to have this contact again.

The garage did not have the tyres for his car in stock, so he had to return today to have them fitted. That gave us another two hours of distanced interaction with grandchildren. Today we even got out the miniature circus play tent. Our patio looks a mess with all the Banksy style chalk drawings. But it is worth it to have share time with our grandchildren.

In the evening we watched Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads which have been remade for TV. No one writes as brilliantly as he. “Lady of Letters” was the first one with Imelda Staunton. Just wonderful TV. Wonderful writing. One person just sits chatting at you and you are held transfixed for 30 minutes. That is an amazing writing skill and acting skill.

On the Stairway to Everst Climb Challenge to date I have climbed to over 12,000 feet.

 

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. — Oprah Winfrey

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…gradually getting back to normal.

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

“I wouldn’t buy anything with velcro. It’s a total rip-off.”

LOVE IS…

Love is…a love letter in the sand

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to reduce lockdown rules…A time to have strict lockdown rules.
  2. A time to stay 2 metres away…A time to stay only 1 metre away
  3. A time not to have a tattoo…A time still not to have a tattoo.
  4. A time for two households not to stay together…A time for two households to stay together
  5. A time for an August Cornish Summer Holiday…Still a time for an August Cornish Summer Holiday

TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE

DAY 80        16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 12,087 Feet

 

HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBERS

 

 

 

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