Archive for June, 2020

Today is Monday 8th June 2020.
Boris Johnson announced 10 days ago that the lockdown would ease a little from Monday 1st June and we will be able to meet in an open space as a group of up to 6 people πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ (not from the same household). Social distancing must still be priority and we must still keep 2 metres away β›”οΈπŸ§πŸ»β€β™€οΈβž–πŸ§πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ

Face coverings are now recommended in all enclosed areas 😷 to help protect you and others. They don’t have to be medical masks but just something to lessen any chance of catching or passing on germs. 🦠

The main message is still to keep washing your hands 🀲🏼 It’s recommended you don’t wear 🧀gloves but do use anti bacterial wipes, sanitizers or even better wash your hands πŸ‘πŸΌ

You are now allowed out of your homes to do shopping but also to exercise πŸš΄πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ as much as you want in an open space and currently with one other person from another household 🎾

Those shielding are still being advised to stay home and stay safe for now πŸ πŸ§“πŸ»

On Monday Primary schools reopened 🏫 for Nursery, Reception, Yr 1 & Y6 ages only. They will prioritise the key workers children & the vulnerable first. You will not be fined for not sending your child/ren if you chose not to do so. Secondary schools are due to open to year 10 & 12 on the 15th June.

For everyone else parents are home schooling πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ« and teachers are doing remote learning using the internet. BBC bitesize is being used to help teach children who don’t have work or who want more help etc.

Some non essential shops will re-open from 15th June but details are yet unclear πŸ’Έ Takeaways are now open and some restaurants have adapted to offer takeaway services πŸ₯’🍴

Last Thursday evening was the last πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ for the NHS staff after 10 weeks of doing so. Standing united on our doorsteps, balconies and/or through open windows applauding and cheering for all our amazingly brave NHS staff πŸ‘©β€πŸ”¬πŸ©Ί who so courageously and selflessly battle to try and save as many lives as possible ❀️

The Excel in London (known as the NHS Nightingale hospital) currently hasn’t been used yet and has now been closed and will stay dormant until it is needed πŸ₯

There is still a shortage of PPE 😠

The new way to chat with friends and families has been by using apps like Zoom & MS Teams πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’»πŸ§‘πŸΎβ€πŸ’»as well as the usual Whatsapp and FaceTime.
Live experiences are now available to watch anything from a live theatre performance 🎭, a safari πŸ˜πŸ…πŸ¦’ or an interesting chat in a museum πŸ¦–

Petrol ⛽️ prices are currently Β£1.04 per litre for unleaded and Β£1.11 for diesel.

The current statement from the government has changed from Stay at Home, Stay Safe to Stay Alert, Stay Safe ⚠️

We are working towards lowering the β€œR” number and keeping it below 1. As long as we keep doing that then lock downs will ease 〽️We are currently between 0.7 & 0.9.

Tape on the floors at supermarkets & shops is a normal sight now 🏬 to help distance shoppers πŸ›’ from each other. Essential service workers & NHS staff are given priority in supermarkets at certain times.

Limited numbers of people are allowed inside shopsπŸ§πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈβž–πŸ§πŸΌtherefore queuing outside the store doors is the norm, 2 metres apart βœ…

Businesses were told to continue to work from home unless unable to, then as long as the safety measures are in place, you may return to work 🚫

The Government is paying 80% of wages to all employees across the country who were furloughed due to Covid-19 πŸ’· Furlough has been extended to October with employer contributions starting in August which some companies are unable to take advantage of so redundancies loom πŸ˜”

Cruise ships 🚒 are at anchor βš“ while they’ve paused operations. Many airlines are still grounded ✈️ but any travel abroad must now be followed by two weeks quarantine πŸ”’

Parks are now open for exercise but playgrounds remain closed πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

You are advised not to use public transport unless necessary and if you do, then you must wear face covering 😷 A maximum of only 20 people are allowed on a bus at any one time.

No masses are allowed as churches β›ͺ️ πŸ•Œ are still closed 🚫

Weddings πŸ‘°πŸΌπŸ€΅πŸ» family celebrations πŸ₯³ are cancelled for now.

Funerals ⚰️ are limited to only 10 guests πŸ˜ͺ all socially distanced so lots of funerals are now being shown online.

Entire sports ⚽️ πŸ‰ 🎾 seasons have paused.

Premier League football ⚽️ has just been announced to continue from the 17th June behind closed doors. Golf⛳️ has now restarted in 2 balls. The Olympics have been postponed to 2021πŸ₯‡πŸ₯ˆπŸ₯‰

Concerts 🎫 tours 🚌 festivals 🀹🏻 entertainment events 🎭 are all cancelled and all theatres are closed for the foreseeable future.

If you are fortunate to have a neighbour who is a singer or in a band πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ€ then you might be lucky enough to get some free entertainment live from their driveway or balconyπŸ‘‚πŸ½

Panic buying πŸ›’ of toilet paper, flour and pasta happened in the early days but now all are readily available again.
Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses 🏒 have switched to make visors, masks 😷 hand sanitizer 🧴 and PPE 🧀

Fines have been established for breaking lockdown rules.

You are still not allowed to visit or stay anywhere else other than your own home 🚷 but you are now allowed to drive to an exercise place (like a bigger park area) but preferably within 25 miles of your home 🚐 Public toilets🚽 aren’t open yet so don’t venture too far!

Seeing people wearing masks 😷 and gloves outside 🧀has become β€œnormal”.

Air pollution has improved ☁️ Rivers are running clearπŸ’§ City & traffic emissions reduced ♻️ You now hear constant birdsong 🐦🎢 It feels like the Earth 🌎 is healing again…..

Until some people spoil it, forgetting how precious ALL life can be πŸšΆπŸ§πŸΏβ€β™€οΈπŸ΄πŸŸπŸŒ³ and leave the area not as it should be, but covered in their rubbish no matter how big or small 🀬

Press conferences are held daily from either the PM πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό or other government πŸ› officials. Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths ⚰️

Total cases: 6.6 million

Total recovered: 2,729,955

Total deaths: 393 000 – 40,465 in the UK 😒

This is Covid-19, Novel Coronavirus 🦠 declared a pandemic by WHO on March 11th, 2020.

Why do I write this status?

One day it will show up in my memory feed and will be a yearly reminder that life is precious and we should not take life or those and the things we love for granted πŸ’•

In these past 10 weeks, I have learnt that I can do without many ‘things’ but people, experiences and memories are to be treasured πŸ’›

Be thankful and be kind to each other always πŸ₯°

Stay Alert, Stay Safe ❀️

I’m adding this to my status so that every year it will pop up on my memories so I will NEVER forget the way the world changed in 2020 🌍

I cannot take the credit for this post as I copied it from somewhere else but it is so true!

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