The UK Government has instructed that during these uncertain and challenging times we should ALL practice social distancing. The definition of social distancing is “interventions or measures taken to prevent the spread of contagious diseases achieved by maintaining physical distance and close contact between people”. This is really important to prevent the number of cases of Coronavirus and also to protect ourselves, those we live with, and those we care for. So, why are so many people not doing it?!
Almost everyone is at home in lockdown following the social distancing procedures, even celebrities are on board. However, there is a small minority who are disregarding the rules. The best analogy I have heard of it so far is that it's like we are in class and everytime someone doesn’t do as they are told (stay inside), the teacher (Boris Johnson) takes away some of our break time (longer lockdown). This is so true as I know all those close to me (emotionally) are now physically distant. Although the peace is nice, I'm starting to miss them all.
Whilst out dog walking I make sure to avoid people, for mine and their safety. This is hard for two reasons. The first being that my dogs now know the way so when we have to cross over to social distance the dogs get a little confused. Secondly, people do not make it easy! Some people don’t seem to be following the guidelines so if they see me coming they don’t bother to cross the road. As I live near the beach I go for my dog walk down there but when it's nice weather people are drawn down to sunbathe or just hang out. So they take up loads of space not socially distancing themselves and making socially distancing hard for me to implement. This is so frustrating!
On top of this, my next door neighbours are not heading the warning at all! Rather, the other day they hosted a party. I heard one of them say “Should I get the food out now?” and the other one said “No, we’ll wait till the others arrive”. At first I was a bit shocked but I thought maybe the others in their house had gone out for a walk. But later that night I heard them out in their garden chatting and playing music. The fact that they had friends round and held a party whilst everyone else is abiding to the rules and staying inside. It's just so selfish and reckless.
I know that we all long to be with our friends on the beach or having a BBQ (which by the way are also not allowed as they affect those with Corona) with some ice cream involved. But right now the best thing for us all to do is stay at home. Soon this will all be over and we will be able to go out and do the things we love with the people we love. But for that time to come we must social distance.
In conclusion it is for your own safety and the safety of those you care about to social distance. Please stay safe and stay, we will get through this together!!
If you are ever unsure on what you should or shouldn’t do checkout the government’s page on Coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Will Post Soon - Josh