- Oct 19, 2012
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Here in mid-Wales folk are behaving quite well. too. Supermarkets have 'spacer lines' to ensure social distancing outside the store entrance and by the checkouts where folk must wait. Only a certain number of folk are allowed into the store. There's disinfectant wipes for the trolleys and perspex screens in front of the cashiers. We're encouraged to pay 'contactless' and to take our own receipts or go through the 'self serve' checkouts.Even though the Tennessee order doesn't have a lot of teeth, people are paying attention. I called the vet and asked them to set aside flea and tick collars for three of our dogs and when I got there, saw that they are only letting one client at a time in the office and provide a station to wash your hands as you come in.
Traffic in town is usually pretty heavy at noon but today looked like a Sunday morning. All of the restaurants are closed as well as most of the fast food places.
The farm store has its shop closed. Feed and farm supplies are ordered and paid for over the 'phone and we give our car reg. number and our approximate time to get to the store. There we are encouraged to stay in our vehicles and feed etc is loaded into the trailer/trunk. Very little contact.
Our 'booze shops' remain open, too. I like a drop of wine (or two) but always have a good supply in, so don't need to go anywhere other than my local supermarkets. Like you, our little country did 'too little, too late' in my opinion, such that schools, pubs, non-essential shops etc remained open whilst the virus spread. Our infection rates are much like yours. Hopefully lockdown will arrest that growth for all of us.There are a lot of exceptions for essential business here in NC. Such as liquor stores. But, I guess we don't need the alcoholics crowding the ER's because of withdrawal either.
Maurine and I were talking about it and probably the best thing they did was when they closed the schools. All of those kids getting together every day and then going back to their house and their grandparents. That probably more than anything slowed this thing down.
And in hindsight the mayor of NY not closing the schools may be partly to blame for why things are so bad there now.