Day 300 – Reflections on Lockdown

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It’s Day 300 !!!

Today I have spent another day at the canal, which has been lovely!

Had a long lie and then Brian messaged me to say he was free today and if I wanted to meet up.

So we went for a lovely long walk along the canal – it was super busy!

Fiona (my neighbour) said that she was in the New Town today and usually on a Sunday it would be super busy and the canal quieter, where was today, the New Town was quiet and the canal busy.

I guess, as no one can be inside in cafes, pubs, etc…then there isn’t much choice but to be outside on the canal.

Will be interesting to see how people’s movements change now that we have ‘The Six New Lockdown Rules’ (see Day 299)

The Coffee Boat was super busy, with a long queue all day!  This photo was taking at 11am this morning!

So Brian, Honey the Dog and myself, walked to Wester Hailes and back along the canal!  There were too many people about for Honey to be off the lead for most of the walk, it was impossible to see where she was.  On one of the few occasions that she was off the lead, she went for a wee swim in the canal 🙂

I took a few photos for the blog cover photo, the one I chose, I think is the best of Brian and Honey.  As the lady, marched by, I did call out to her “are you okay being in my blog”, she didn’t reply!

Here’s the other photos –

On the way back, we had a flurry of meetings with other people.

Firstly, we bumped into a couple of Brian’s friends, Pete and Morag.  We walked for quite a while together, which made me think more about the 2/2 Rule, in which 2 people from up to 2 households can meet outdoors.  I often see more than 2 people together, but now realise that maybe they started with the 2/2 Rule, but then accidently bumped into some friends on the way.

What are you meant to do – say “I’m sorry, we can’t chat, we have to follow the 2/2 Rule”?.

However, we did naturally split into two groups of two – Brian and Pete, Morag and me.  Although now we were mixing households and the 2/2 rule.

I have done some research on the 2/2 Rule in today’s ‘Lockdown Restrictions Corner’.

 

Whilst Brian, Pete, Morag and myself were walking and chatting, I saw my friend, Aileen.  Aileen last featured in the blog on Day 110, which I guess is when I last saw her!  So I split off and walked with Aileen and her friend Harriet, now in a group of 3 people!  But didn’t walk for too long, before bidding farewell.

Aileen said she was just thinking of me and then there I was – it’s magic 🙂

When we finally got back to the start of the canal, the sun was setting.

Then a relaxing evening before starting the blog!



Lockdown Restrictions Corner

Today Brian was talking about the exact details of Scotland’s 2/2 rule, so I thought I would do some more research.  I first wrote about the 2/2 rule on Day 272.  So today I am looking at Scotland’s 2/2 rule.

My understanding of the rule is that only 2 people can meet outdoors in a public place from a maximum of 2 households.

 

This was published on the Scottish Government website on 4th January 2021 (Day 287)

https://www.gov.scot/news/scotland-in-lockdown

      • “Changing the 6/2 rule to a 2/2 rule. From tomorrow, a maximum of two people from up to two households will be able to meet outdoors. Children aged 11 and under will not be counted in that limit,
      • For everyone else – including 12 to 17 year olds – outdoor exercise or recreation should only take place in a way which is consistent with the 2/2 rule.
      • Under 12s will not count towards the 2/2 rule and will continue to be able to participate in organised activities outdoors.

 

In case, you are not sure what the 6/2 rules is, on 15th December (Day 267) the Scottish Government published this (and updated on 4th January 2021 (Day 287)), describing Level 3, in which 6 people could meet from 2 households

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-3

“You can meet people from other households outdoors in a private garden or in a public place such as a park or an outdoor area of a pub. The maximum number of people who can meet outdoors is 6 which can be from up to 2 separate households.

Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people counted in a gathering. Children under 12 do not need to maintain physical distance from others. This is to allow children under 12 to play with their friends outside.

Young people aged between 12 and 17 can meet up in groups of up to 6 at a time outdoors and are not subject to the 2 household limit. Physical distancing is required.”.

 

My understanding is this has just shifted to 2/2, as described in the previous quote.  BUT, the guidelines about 6/2 rule continues stating:

“Where an individual household includes more than 6 people, they can continue to meet outside as a household even if the total number of people exceeds 6”.

So perhaps this is where the confusion exists with the 2/2 rules?  Does the above quote apply for the 2/2 rule as well or just for the 2/6 rule? (are you still following me?).

But it can’t really be the case, because it would read “where an individual household includes more than 1 person, they can continue to meet outside as a household even if the total number exceeds 1 person”.  Unless you live on your own, the household would have to be more than 1 person!

But, I guess, the 2/2 rule maybe more confusing if you have formed bubble with someone?

 

So more research and I have found this on the Scottish Government website published on 13th January 2021 (Day 296) and updated yesterday (Day 299), stating:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance, stating:

“You can only meet people from another household outdoors and in indoor public spaces for certain reasons, such as for work, to join your extended household, for sport, exercise, or to provide care and support for a vulnerable person. This can include providing emotional support for someone whose wellbeing is at risk, including for those who are isolated because of disability or a caring situation”.

So the key words are “you can only meet from another household” and “to join your extended household”. 

So does that mean, a whole household can be outdoors, whatever the size – as long as they are all from the same household?  I think it does…

BUT this does not include people who have formed a bubble (‘extended household’) ??

Any thoughts would be greatly received.



Things We No Longer Use

Brian suggested this new section for the blog, so I am giving it a try.

What things do we no longer use, due to lockdown/restrictions?  So if you can think of things you no longer use, due to lockdown/restrictions let me know.

Brian is starting this section off with – Kilts.

He posed me the question with:

“When did you last see anyone wearing a kilt in real life?  I’d imagine most weddings have been postponed”.

I must admit, I saw a guy wearing a kilt in Bruntsfield last week, he had a big rucksack on and thick kilt socks.

Also with Burns Suppers soon to take place, there maybe a flurry of men digging out their kilts!

But part from that no kilts for a long time.



Readers Corner

Two posts today.

 

Gareth

Gareth (aka Magic Gareth) just sent me a message saying:

“Happy 300!”.

Thanks Gareth!  You are the only person who remembered 🙂

 

Pat

Pat posted a Facebook comment on yesterday’s blog (Day 299) saying:

“Aye Nicola Is Giving Us All These Rules And Glasgow Airport Still Having Planes Landing…One Landed Yesterday From Dubai…No Rules Then If You Have Money To Jet Around The World… Stay Safe and Stay Well Mate…”.

Thanks Pat!  You can give us updates on why flights stop coming in 🙂



As I come to the end of this blog, I feel even more confused by the 2/2 Rule!  I think, from my research one whole household, even if for example that is 15 people. can be outside together and still be following the rules?  I couldn’t find anything written about how long the 2/2 Rule exists, that is, can you have unlimited number of 2/2 Rule walks in one day?  Or is it just one 2/2 Rule walk a day, that would make more sense in relation to limiting the spread of the virus.

What is clear, if I am finding it confusing and I have trawled through the many Scottish Government publications, no wonder many others find it very confusing.  The issue, of meeting another two people following 2/2 Rule, like today, what happens then?

I think the Scottish Government website needs another ‘Question and Answer’ section for this!

I’ve really enjoyed having a relaxing couple of days at the canal and on Discovery, just what weekends are for.  Tomorrow, I need to make a list of what I still need to do in the flat and get on with it.

Hope you’ve had a Wonderful Weekend 🙂

Jim x

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