jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 27th May 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 71 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Bank Holiday Monday 25th May 2020
In the glorious sunshine of Britain’s most popular beaches, lockdown no longer seemed to exist.
As temperatures hit 25 degrees on Bank Holiday Monday, Britons packed picnics and travelled to beauty spots in their droves in order to enjoy the weather with their families.
The crowds have been criticised for putting the health of the country at risk – but many said that if Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s most senior adviser, could break the rules, they can too.
Christchurch and Poole Council warned that the seaside resort of Bournemouth was approaching “maximum capacity” as people travelled to its beach from as far away as Liverpool.
Some said that they felt the lockdown restrictions could be ignored because of the actions of Mr Cummings.
Patricia Smith, a fitness instructor, said: “The situation with Dominic Cummings encouraged me to come here from Liverpool. I was thinking about whether it was right to or not – but if he can do that in his position, then why shouldn’t I?”
Many sunning themselves on the sands seemed to agree. Stuart Beer, an insurance broker from Poole, said there was no incentive for the general public to follow Government advice if officials did not “practice what they preach”.
He said: “Cummings helped set the rules, so he has got to abide by them. If he hasn’t, he should go. If the Government are not practicing what they preach, why should the rest of us? How can they complain about people who break the lockdown?”
Aidan James, who treated daughter April and partner Leanne Chambers to an ice cream at the beach, said: “We have stuck the lockdown rules and been socially distancing.
“I’m not surprised with Dominic Cummings, I think they’re all a bunch of hypocrites, but I think it’s still important to be sensible, so it won’t change how we behave. But I think a lot of people will take advantage of the fact that he has broken the rules.”
Residents near Botany Bay and Margate Main Sands in Kent complained of a “strong smell of urine” as toilet facilities were closed but crowds descended on the beaches.
The loosened rules announced by Boris Johnson earlier this month state that people in England can travel around the country to exercise and sit in the sun.
Emergency services have warned British people to not take risks if they visit beaches and other beauty spots, to avoid straining the police and the NHS.
Community safety officers patrolled the beach in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, to try and enforce social distancing measures.
The RNLI has suspended lifeguard duties during the coronavirus crisis, but independent life-saving teams carried out multiple rescues on the coast of Devon and Cornwall over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Ten things you need to know today
- Dominic Cummings says he does not regret Durham trip
Dominic Cummings has said he does not regret driving 260 miles from London during the coronavirus lockdown. At a Downing Street briefing, the prime minister’s chief adviser said he believed he had acted “reasonably” and within the law. However, the BBC says the press conference “did not answer the fundamental question: is his continued presence in Downing Street more of a hindrance than a help to Boris Johnson?”
In a statement to the press on May 25, Dominic Cummings spoke at length of his round trip from London to his parents’ home in Durham during the Covid-19 lockdown.
He revealed that on March 27 he had made the decision to isolate on his father’s farm in Durham after his wife, journalist Mary Wakefield, became ill and he believed he was also becoming sick.
He said that he felt his young child could not be properly cared for by them.
That night he said they drove the 264 miles from his London residence to Durham without making any stops.
While at his father’s home, Cummings, his wife and son stayed in a separate building on the land, not coming into contact with his family.
On April 2nd, Cummings said he had left the home in Durham to travel to the nearest hospital as his child was sick but said that he had no contact with “anyone on the way”.
After his family had recovered from their illnesses Cummings said that they went for a walk in the woodland on his father’s private land.
On April 12th, which also coincides with his wife’s birthday, Cummings said that he hoped to return to work but wanted to test his eyesight with a 30-mile drive to a local tourist destination, Barnard Castle.
Cummings said that his eyesight deteriorated from his illness over the previous two weeks.
After feeling slightly unwell, Cummings said he left his car for 15 minutes before returning back to his family home in Durham.
On April 13th, Cummings and his family arrived back to their London residence.
It has been reported that the No.10 aide had travelled to Durham a second time on April 19 with witnesses saying he and his wife were in Houghall Woods.
One resident, who was not named, claimed Mr Cummings said as he walked past: “Aren’t the bluebells lovely?”
The witness told the Mirror: “We thought ‘What double standards, one rule for him as a senior adviser to the Prime Minister and another for the rest of us’.”
Cummings has denied the second trip to Durham stating that photos and phone data would prove it to be false.
But Cummings reiterated in his statement in the Rose Garden that “he behaved reasonably and legally” and that he has “no regrets” about the situation.
- All shops can reopen from 15 June as UK eases lockdown.
Non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from 15 June, Boris Johnson has announced. The prime minister says retailers will have to adhere to new guidelines to protect shoppers and workers, adding that the move is “contingent on progress in the fight against coronavirus”. Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June.
- ‘Milestone’ as Ireland records no Covid-19 deaths
Ireland has recorded no Covid-19 deaths for the first time since March. “Significant milestone today,” tweeted Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, describing it as a “day of hope”. Dr Tony Holohan, Ireland’s chief medical officer, said figures over the past week indicated “we have suppressed Covid-19 as a country”. He added: “It has taken strict measures to achieve this.”
- Volunteering and local support soar during the lockdown
Volunteering in community has been soaring during the coronavirus crisis, with 10 million UK adults taking part. A study found that one in five UK adults has volunteered their time for community activities since the start of the lockdown. It also discovered that Brits have spent £1bn on services and goods that they knew they would never be able to use, including payments to home cleaners and gardeners.
- Study says Cheltenham Festival ‘caused suffering and death’
This year’s Cheltenham Festival “caused increased suffering and death”, the scientist leading the UK’s largest Covid-19 tracking project has said. Statistics gathered from millions of volunteers found coronavirus “hotspots” shortly after the Cheltenham Festival and Liverpool’s Champions League match against Atletico Madrid – both held in March. Professor Tim Spector said rates of cases locally “increased several-fold”.
- Two die in separate Bank Holiday incidents in Cornwall
Two people died in separate incidents along the Cornwall coastline on bank holiday Monday. Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police were called to reports of an upturned rigid inflatable boat in the water in Wadebridge yesterday afternoon, a teenage girl was later pronounced dead. The force was notified by the coastguard of another incident at Treyarnon Bay in Padstow, where a man was pulled from the water.
Boris Johnson’s approval rating has plunged by 20 points in four days, amid the ongoing Dominic Cummings scandal, according to new polling.
Public opinion on both the prime minister and his government has turned rapidly after Mr Cummings admitted to having driven to Durham despite the coronavirus lockdown.
Overall government approval turned negative, to -2 per cent, according to data from polling group Savanta ComRes. That represents a drop of 16 points in just a single day.
Mr Johnson’s approval also turned negative as the scandal continued. it dropped from +19 per cent to -1 per cent, the same data showed.
Public opinion of individual ministers such as Matt Hancock, the health secretary, and chancellor Rishi Sunak also fell. Both ministers publicly backed Mr Cummings over the weekend.
At the same time, approval ratings for Labour leader Keir Starmer and medical advisors Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance increased, the same data showed.
The latest polling figures reveal that the Prime Minister’s approval rating has dropped more than 35 points since the start of May and is down by 48 points from its peak on 8 April.
Today was a beautiful day for a Bank Holiday Monday, probably one of the best. Brilliant sunshine and hot.
Boy was I suffering from dizziness and unsteadiness in the morning. I worked most of Sunday and today on the grandchildren’s Coronavirusbobs Times.
We visited (only on the outside of his house of course, my names not Dominic Cummings) my brother-in-law in the morning.
After tea we walked out, my lady on my arm like they used to do in Victorian Times. We walked some 3.5 miles in the Bank Holiday Monday Evening sun.
We then watched a film. I do not have room to review here but I will review tomorrow.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“Life is tough my darling, but so are you.”
Happiness is…seeing people who really should know better getting it wrong too.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
My boyfriend had a sex manual, but he was dyslexic. I was lying there and he was looking for my vinegar. – Victoria Wood
Love is…a story in the making
5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus
We are grateful Lockdown gives us a time…
- A time to fight when you know you are right… a time to let go and resign when you realise your arrogance is not winning.
- A time to walk early morning…a time to walk late evening
- A time for a boring Monday…a time for a Spring Bank Holiday Monday
- A time to hit the British Seaside Beach…a time to give the British Seaside Beach a miss due to lockdown.
- A time to catch the bus…a time to walk
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY 51 18 Times – 162 Feet Cumulative Total 7,677 Feet
HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBERS
Country Confirmed cases Deaths
1 US 1,681,418 98,929
2 UK 266,599 37,130
3 Italy 230,555 32,955
4 France 180,012 28,483
5 Spain 236,259 27,117
6 Brazil 391,222 24,512
7 Belgium 57,455 9,334
8 Germany 181,200 8,372
9 Mexico 74,560 8,134
10 Iran 139,511 7,508
UK deaths yesterday 134
Global cases Updated 27 May at 08:20 local
Confirmed 5,591,067 +96,006
Deaths 350,458 +4,226
Recovered 2,287,152 +54,559
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