Alice in Wonderland Would be at Home Here

From tomorrow (Saturday 17th October), it becomes illegal for separate households to mix indoors (unless the household concerned is part of a bubble, in which case it is allowed). Households may also mix in Covid secure workplaces, although the government advises that those who can do so should work from home.

As someone who lives in the Greater London area, the above rules will impact me from Saturday 17th October.

I find the restrictions nonsensical. I can, from tomorrow still go into a pub or restaurant and be in the presence of other households (provided I remain 2 metres apart and wear a mask when not seated). However I can not meet friends in a pub or restaurant even if we are “social distancing”.

Yesterday evening I popped into my favourite local pub. It was relatively quiet and I chatted to a couple of customers (socially distanced from me) over a few pints. From Saturday 17th October I will still be able to talk to people in a pub and/or restaurant provided we remain socially distanced, and provided also that they are not my friends!

Again, I can not have friends or family round to my home, but my cleaner may, perfectly legally continue to clean my home provided that we observe Covid secure guidelines.

Now, my cleaner wears a mask and gloves whilst in my home and (when I last checked) my family and friends did not)! However, the fact remains that a cleaner or other tradesperson may continue to visit domestic premises, for the purposes of work, whilst family and friends may not do so (unless the household is part of a bubble).

I am sure that Alice (of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass fame) would be at home in this crazy world we are currently inhabiting!

As I’ve said previously, whilst I accept that Covid-19 is a serious issue, I am not a supporter of bans on household mixing. I think that any true liberal should feel very queasy when police are empowered to fine and/or arrest households for socially mixing.

For anyone interested in reading about the Covid restrictions, please see https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1346946/can-workmen-come-to-the-house-cleaners-household-mixing-new-rules-tier-1-2-3-EVG.

6 thoughts on “Alice in Wonderland Would be at Home Here

  1. The Story Reading Ape

    Unfortunately, every time there’s an upsurge in cases, leading to advance warnings of greater restrictions, idiots go around enmasse getting drunk, partying and generally making things even worse, Kevin.
    Hope you continue to stay safe.

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      I agree with you Chris that there are selfish and stupid people out there and I do, of course condemn their behaviour. However, whilst we could, in theory have lockdown after lockdown, or circuit breaker after circuit breaker, this would not only wreck the economy, it would also (ultimately) destroy society more effectively than the virus. I suspect that many people will continue (under the radar) to mix in one another’s homes and if restrictions continue to be tightened, then relaxed and tightened again, people will become more and more fed up and decide to follow their own judgement/conscience in the matter. You too, stay safe and well. Kevin

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  2. V.M.Sang

    Today I went to my local supermarket. I was socially distancing, waiting while the idiots who stood in the middle of the aisle to decide whether they wanted leeks or sprouts, or something else altogether, thus leaving less than 1 metre in front and behind them.
    I stopped to pick up the veg I wanted, and an idiot of a man came within a centimetre or two of me, reaching over and almost touching me. He left the store just in front of me. Two women were approaching and I stepped onto the forecourt of the local pub to maintain 2 metres. (The footpath is only 1m wide here.) The man carried on and almost brushed the 2 women. Same again with 2 girls a bit later.
    It’s people like that who make these lockdowns essential. One expert said the single most effective thing that will stop the spread of the virus is social distancing. But people are too stupid to practice it.

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  3. robbiesinspiration

    Honestly, Kevin I think governments just don’t know what to do so they come up with these restrictions on the basis that families won’t social distance or wear masks around each other. This is generally true so they have a point but it’s still ridiculous. What about chronic depression and other mental illness consequences of these rules.

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      You make a good point as regards mental health, Robbie. When with family or friends I don’t social distance or wear a mask. However where a friend or family member to be vulnerable I would, of course modify my behaviour. I also think that the average policeman or police woman must be tearing their hair out thinking that they should be spending their time catching muggers, rapists, thieves Etc, rather than stopping households from mixing. Thanks for your comments, Robbie. Best. Kevin

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  4. K Morris Poet Post author

    I’m sorry that you had the experience you did, Vivienne. I am sure that with being visually impaired I often do not spot people behaving in the manner you describe. I understand completely your frustration and, of course people should respect others. But what do we do if all of the vaccines currently under development turn out not to work? How long can we continue social distancing and other similar measures before society suffers a good deal of harm? To take just one example, those on the dating scene need (at some point) to trust the person they are dating enough to get physically close to them. If no vaccine emerges in the forseeable future people can’t be expected to stop dating, forming friendships Etc. Best wishes. Kevin

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