CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 77 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 31.5.2020 BLOG 2nd June 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 77 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Sunday 31st May 2020
1.Violence continues in US as curfews are ignored

Violence has continued in cities across the US on the sixth night (Sunday) of protests sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd. Although curfews have been imposed in nearly 40 cities, many have ignored them. President Donald Trump has announced that he will designate Antifa as a terrorist organisation. He was reportedly taken to an underground bunker during protests outside the White House on Friday.

  1. Parents unconvinced on safety as primary schools reopen

Primary schools in England begin to reopen today but half of parents might not send in their children, according to surveys. The Guardian says a million children in England – half of those who are expected to return when their classes reopen – are likely to stay at home, as many parents and teachers remain unconvinced by the government’s assurances over safety.

‘One million eligible children’ to stay off school

Concern over the reopening of schools features on the front pages, with The Guardian reporting that “one million children are set to stay off school amid safety fears”. The Mirror says 46% of families will keep their eligible children at home and the Daily Telegraph says “summer schools” will be needed for pupils to catch up.

Many schools in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are not opening due to Diocese (Church) and Teacher’s Union pressure.

What a mess!

  1. Health experts urge ministers to reconsider lockdown easing

Leading public health officials have made a last-minute plea to the government to scrap today’s easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England. The Association of Directors of Public Health said new rules were “not supported by the science”. Dame Donna Kinnair, of the Royal College of Nursing, said staff were “anxious that easing lockdown could undo the progress we’ve made as a country in combatting this virus”.


Six shopping rules you must follow if you want to visit a non essential shop next month

Boris Johnson has laid out plans to ease lockdown restrictions and gave the go-ahead for non-essential shops to open from June 15. Stores selling clothing, jewellery and toys can start to reopen, however your ‘normal’ shopping trip won’t be returning under the current rules.

Once shops reopen there will be a number of changes and rules shoppers must follow in order to visit stores.

The new measures will be clearly set out with posters, signs and visual aids on windows and doors before customers enter branches.

Aside from the rules customers must follow there will also be a reduction in the number of services stores offer including removing the option for customers to try items on before they buy.

Changing rooms will remain closed to customers and will only be used by staff if they need to change into protective clothing.

Temperature checks on arrival will not be compulsory.

And, every shop with five employees or more will have to complete a written risk assessment. Details of  how it plans to keep staff and customers safe.

These are the six rules everyone must follow if they want to visit a non-essential shop:

1) Shoppers will be asked to sanitise their hands upon entry

2) Customers will only be allowed to touch items they intend to buy

3) Only one person per household will be allowed in at a time, unless you are a parent with a young child

4) One-way systems must be followed when shopping in stores to ensure a two metre is kept between customers

5) Contactless payments for all transactions where possible

6) Once customer limits are met inside stores, customers must queue outside to await their turn to shop

For me I was writing for some of the day as usual. But most of it was taken up with our daughter, son in law and two grandchildren visiting. I’m not sure if we got this right or not. But no one else, in particularly the government seem to care, do they? So why should we? We are trying to use common sense.

So, we met in the back garden, more than 2 metres apart.

The reason we met or one of them was this.


  1. My granddaughter who is 7 years old has Home Schooling due to Coronavirus
  2. School send lessons to download and print out
  3. My daughter’s printer takes the most popular HP Ink cartridge 304 which is sold out everywhere or price hiked due to coronavirus.
  4. A new printer would need this same cartridge.
  5. Maybe the world has been using 304 cartridges instead of toilet rolls
  6. I have Canon printer, no shortage of ink.
  7. I printed out the Home Schooling Lessons
  8. That turns us into as much an essential service and visit as Dominic Cummings Barnard Castle should have gone to Specsavers job.


Anyway, we pulled it off successfully. And we thought it was essential which according to Dominic Cummings is the test you have to meet.

Fantastic to see and talk to children without needing Zoom. And they do remember us…just.

And TV, must have made a deep impression. I don’t remember it.





“It’s a good day to have a good day.”


Happiness is…shopping in whatever form


The more you weigh the harder you are to kidnap. Stay Safe! Eat cake!


Love is…your other half

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to spend some money in the shops again…A time not to spend money in the shops again
  2. A time to shop…A time not to shop
  3. A time to spend…A time to save
  4. A time to buy…A time to sell
  5. A time for retail therapy…A time to give the shops a miss


DAY 57        18 Times – 162 Feet Cumulative Total 8,595 Feet



Country                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              US                          1,812,742              105,262

2              UK                         277,738                 39,127

3              Italy                      233,197                 33,475

4              Brazil                    526,447                 29,937

5              France                   186,006                 28,782

6              Spain                     239,932                 27,127

7              Mexico                 93,435                   10,167

8              Belgium                58,615                   9,505

9              Germany              183,879                 8,563

10           Iran                       157,562                 7,942


Deaths in UK yesterday 115


Global cases         Updated 2 Jun at 17:08 local

Confirmed            6,302,318              +150,158

Deaths                   376,210                 +4,510

Recovered             2,716,924              +79,428



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