CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 111 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 4.7.2020

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 6th July 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 111 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Saturday 4th July 2020

Today has been hailed “Super Saturday” due to us seeing the most major easing of the lockdown to date.

Today Saturday 4th July saw the reopening of pubs, restaurants, cafes, and hairdressers. Also self catering accommodation has been allowed to open and hotels and caravan parks.

But the day the most significant relaxation of England’s lockdown measures came into force has been described as a “disaster” for the hospitality industry, despite police welcoming a largely quiet night.

While most of the country saw a relatively uneventful evening on what was widely dubbed “Super Saturday”, a small number of pubs closed early due to disorder and some arrests were made.

The head of the Metropolitan Police joined other senior officers in praising most people for complying with restrictions and said there had been “no significant incidents in the capital”.

But Jeremy Joseph, owner of London’s long-running G-A-Y nightclub, criticised the government’s decision to reopen pubs on a Saturday and the minority of revellers who flouted rules designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“If people intend to do again what they did last night then it’s over for the hospitality industry. We are finished.

“We should not have reopened on a Saturday night. It should have been on a Monday.

“There are two pictures from last night: inside the bars everybody was observing social distancing; outside they were not.”

Government officials and ministers are not believed to have publicly referred to the day as “Super Saturday”.

It came after the Met’s commander, Bas Javid, issued a generally positive appraisal of the night’s events.

“Yesterday saw lockdown restrictions lifted further and many Londoners attended pubs and bars last night to enjoy themselves,” he said.

“The majority of the public complied with social distancing guidelines and remained vigilant. While some areas were notably busy such as Soho and Portobello Road, we are pleased there were no significant issues or incidents in the capital.

“A small number of premises decided to close early following advice from officers due to crowding and social distancing issues and we thank them for their responsible actions.

“It’s vital that we don’t lose track of how far we have come and all act responsibly and play our part to minimise the spread of coronavirus.”

In the West Midlands, police said they received a “high level” of 999 calls during the early hours of Sunday morning, reporting fights, house or street parties and loud music.

The force said it also saw an increase in reports of domestic abuse.

But Chief Superintendent Steve Graham said in a statement that only four arrests were made connected to pubs and bars across the entire force area, and “very few calls regarding any trouble”.

He said: “It’s been difficult for many businesses recently, it was great to see them open again and people out having a good time, while being sensible and observing the social distancing measures that are in place.

“We saw people taking great personal responsibility for their actions and behaviour and the evening ran smoothly with only a handful of incidents at pubs and bars reported to us.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News the vast majority of people who went out were “doing the right thing” and following social distancing rules.

Speaking on Sky’s Ridge On Sunday, he said: “Well I think that from what I’ve seen, although there’s some pictures to the contrary, very, very largely people have acted responsibly.

“So overall I’m pleased with what happened yesterday. It was really good to see people out and about and largely, very largely social distancing.”

Mr Hancock added: “The large proportion of people, the vast majority of people are, I think, doing the right thing.”

A fleet of caravans choked traffic on the M5 this morning as millions of motorists tried to make a “Super Saturday” getaway.

As lockdown restriction were eased across England, allowing overnight stays and meals out in pubs and restaurants, roads and motorways were gridlocked with tourists heading to the coast.

The M25 was clogged with traffic between junction 24 and 25 due to a broken down vehicle as Londoners tried to make their way out of the capital.

Resorts including Alton Towers were also opening today for the first time in more than three months, with safety measures in place such as temperature checking upon entrance.

Brits flock to pubs from 6am as barbers fill up on Super Saturday.

There were multiple reports of accident on the M5, with the Exeter-based HART ambulance team seen heading southbound towards Junction 31, MailOnline reported.

Posting a picture of the tailbacks, one Twitter user wrote: “Genuinely concerned about the amount of people heading into Devon and Cornwall. The M5 at #Exeter is already backed up and every other vehicle is a caravan.”

Another said: “The M5 looks like a caravan park. Good luck Cornwall.”

Visit Cornwall chief executive Malcolm Bell has warned people to book ahead as bookings rise ‘across the board’ for the region, with web traffic for the site increasing by 20 per cent from the same time last year.

He told MailOnline: ‘We’re advising people to book ahead as there is a limited capacity, like campsites for example have reduced camping and so we have seen a rise in bookings. We would say to people to do their research, crack on and book ahead.

‘A lot of businesses are pleased they can ask for deposits and payments now – we’ve had an increase in new users on our website, exceeding last year. So people who were thinking of going to the Algarve or Tuscany are now thinking of Cornwall.

‘The strong message is you have to book before you come and also remember to book for restaurants and attractions as they’ve all gone to pre-booking.’.

American Independence Day today, too.

We did a 3.5-mile walk after tea. Exhausting. And we watched “You’ve Been Framed” for our sins. But why is Saturday night TV always ‘shite’.

 

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“When you love what you have, you have everything you need.” — Unknown

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…taking another step towards normality

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

The first time I got a universal remote control I thought to myself, “This changes everything”.

 

LOVE IS…

Love is…for always, come rain or shine

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to go to the bar…A time to eat at the restaurant.
  2. A time to holiday in Devon…A time to holiday in Cornwall
  3. A time to have a foreign holiday…A time for a staycation.
  4. A time to eat in…A time to have a takeaway.
  5. A time to let your hair down…A time to be sensible.

TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVEREST CLIMB CHALLENGE

DAY 91       16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 13,716 Feet

HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBERS

IN ORDER OF MOST DEATHS

                Country                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              US                          2,938,624              130,306

2              Brazil                    1,623,284              65,487

3              UK                         287,290                 44,321

4              Italy                      241,819                 34,869

5              Mexico                 261,750                 31,119

6              France                   196,881                 29,839

7              Spain                     251,789                 28,388

8              India                     719,664                 20,159

9              Iran                       243,051                 11,731

10           Peru                       305,703                 10,772

 

Uk deaths yesterday 16

 

Global cases         Updated 7 Jul at 07:51 local

Confirmed            11,579,837           +160,308

Deaths                   536,814                 +3,034

Recovered             6,269,860              +108,131

 

 

IN ORDER OF MOST TOTAL CONFIRMED CASES

Country                 Confirmed cases Deaths

1              US                          2,938,624              130,306

2              Brazil                    1,623,284              65,487

3              India                     719,664                 20,159

4              Russia                   686,852                 10,280

5              Peru                       305,703                 10,772

6              Chile                      298,557                 6,384

7              UK                         287,290                 44,321

8              Mexico                 261,750                 31,119

9              Spain                     251,789                 28,388

10           Iran                       243,051                 11,731

 

 

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