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What social distancing?

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maddyone Mon 18-May-20 14:53:48

This morning I awoke to the sound of builders working at a house across the road from our house. There appear to be five builders dismantling and rebuilding an extension at the back of the house. We watched out of interest for a few minutes. The builders were not wearing any protective equipment, no face masks or gloves. They were not abiding by any
social distancing whatever, so frequently standing together in a group or working side by side. The owner of the house appeared and stood immediately next to one of the builders talking. We didn’t watch long, essentially not really our business, but we commented on what we regard as a lack of responsibility. Later in the morning a large delivery vehicle brought building supplies to the house, and again the driver stood immediately next to one of the builders talking. A simple look through our windows suggest this will be going on for a number of days.

I know people have said the rules/guidelines are confusing, but surely these builders and the owners of the house understand social distancing. Construction workers were given the green light to return to work providing they can work and remain socially distanced. There is not even the most basic attempt to socially distance themselves at the house across the road from us. It doesn’t seem like rocket science to me, but it would appear it’s too difficult to understand for them, including the house owner. No wonder the virus continues to infect people. Meanwhile we can’t help our own daughter and her husband who are often working twelve hour shifts; they are working with Covid19 patients and other patients. They are struggling with long days, three very small children, trying to teach their children two days a week, delivering children to different childcare sites before and after work, and of course all the daily tasks in running a home. And the worry that they may contract Covid19. The irresponsible behaviour of people such as these builders will make us all need to stay at home and behave responsibly for longer, and their irresponsible behaviour will keep my daughter and her husband working themselves to exhaustion for longer.

WOODMOUSE49 Mon 18-May-20 15:23:02

I think the police (in each area) now have an on line facility where you can report someone clearly breaking the social distancing rules. Ours are asking people to use the form and not ring in.

Anniebach Mon 18-May-20 15:37:57

To include construction in the list for return to work was so
Stupid. The majority of workers in construction cannot work
socially distancing.

AGAA4 Mon 18-May-20 15:52:12

I pass a house on my walk where they are having landscaping done.
The workers today were all standing together drinking tea that the owner of the house had brought out, all very close together.
It is frustrating for those who have been staying at home for 2 months, knowing the virus will just keep spreading.

ellie22 Mon 18-May-20 15:55:33

My adult daughter used the form. Party in the garden of next door but one BEFORE the easing of lockdown. Cars parked outside their house, owners of cars at the party. Cars still there next morning. She never saw any police come to break it up......

HAZBEEN Mon 18-May-20 15:56:03

My OH is a self employed builder. We have had people ring to ask him to do all sorts of jobs including decorating a staircase. He has done a couple of small jobs such as fencing in a garden and painting an outside shed but will not go into peoples homes unless its an emergency (a blocked toilet!) and always tells clients that he will not be using their toilet or having refreshments from them. Some people have been quite abusive on the phone when he has said he wont do the work.

Anniebach Mon 18-May-20 16:19:23

In fairness to the workmen , they have rent / mortgage payments, families to feed. They are wrong but certainly not

FlexibleFriend Mon 18-May-20 16:24:43

The house opposite us has had the builders in for months, building a large wraparound extension and loft conversion. They have never been seen to be observing any distancing and have multiple deliveries every week and again no distancing observed yet every week they are outside banging and clapping for the Nhs. Last weekend they had a party no doubt to celebrate the end of the building work with multiple guests leaving hugging and cheek kissing. I just look away as there's no point getting involved I can only control what we ourselves do and try to stay well away from others.

Oopsadaisy3 Mon 18-May-20 16:31:55

Social distancing and the lockdown was put in place to protect the NHS. That has (we hope) been accomplished.
I’m assuming that the builders are all fit and under 60 so if they catch the Virus, they should all be ok, if not there are now plenty of spare beds in Intensive Care.
I’m also assuming that the homeowner is taking precautions or is also under 60 and fit and well.
Unless we all stay indoors until the vaccine is ready, people will have to go out and earn a living.

Washerwoman Mon 18-May-20 16:33:03

I'm seeing this happening all over.3 large telecoms vans on a road near us last week and 6 or 7 engineers in high viz all standing in a huddle round a clip board.Then 2 jumped in a van together.I suppose it's very hard to do some jobs socially distanced, and it's essential we stay connected.But it's the ones that party,BBQ and congregate that really annoy me.That's not essential and don't they think the rest of us would love to meet family and friends to socialise?A second wave on the way for sure.

Washerwoman Mon 18-May-20 16:33:35

Meant not essential !

HAZBEEN Mon 18-May-20 16:34:53

Thanks anniebach that is so true and the government help has been so hard to access. On another thread I told how we had had a bit of luck so things for us wasnt to bad but friends are struggling. But even so social distancing must be observed and wear a mask! Construction workers were told they could return but also that care had to be taken. My OH has been so careful and didnt really want to go back to work but by choosing his jobs carefully we are back up and running. We do have friends in the building trade that have just ignored CV and carried on, needless to say a few have gone down with the virus!

janeainsworth Mon 18-May-20 17:00:46

I’ve been very impressed with the firm we took on to add a sun-room to the back of our house.
They started on March 2nd and once it became apparent that there was going to be some sort of lockdown, worked all over the weekend to get the roof on and everything watertight before lockdown.

The firm’s owner sent us a proper risk assessment after we had discussed them finishing the job. One of them came today to do the plastering. He assured me he had all his own food & drinks & wouldn’t be coming into the house at all today, but that they all had proper PPE for if they do need work with more than one of them here at a time.

Anniebach Mon 18-May-20 17:13:03

I have lost count of the number of telephone calls asking for
building work to be carried out, and quite a few by over 70’s.

Even a farmer asking for work to be carried out for less than
a quote he had received early this year because our firm must
need the work ?

We only have two working for call outs, this means two vans .

Rosalyn69 Mon 18-May-20 18:21:03

Why don’t we just concentrate on what we are doing instead of this incessant spying on our neighbours?

rosenoir Mon 18-May-20 18:42:35

I walk past an area where 5 new houses are being built, they have never stopped working.

varian Mon 18-May-20 19:01:14

It does explain why so many stupid people voted the way that they did. Why did thew brexit nonsense ever happen? and why do we have a vote leave government? Because unfortunately a lot of stupid people believed their lies.

EllanVannin Mon 18-May-20 19:02:28

Some people can't wait to get cracking, it's as if their lives depended on travel/holidays, shopping, hairdressers, you name it. It's as though nothing has occurred even though many thousands have died. I don't get it at all.

maddyone Mon 18-May-20 22:58:02

Thank you for your comments everyone. Incidentally Rosalyn69 we were not ‘spying.’ The house is opposite our house and we live in a small, quiet close. The early morning noise woke me up, and caused me to look through the window as I opened the curtains and blind. Short of opening the curtains with my eyes closed, I couldn’t help seeing them.

Thank you WOODMOUSE49 for the information, but we’re not going to report them since we live in a close and everyone is on speaking terms with each other as it only has a few houses. As I said in my OP it’s not our business and if people are happy to take risks it’s up them. My only concern is that our daughter and her husband are doctors, as some of you may know, and as long as this virus keeps on infecting people through their irresponsible behaviour, then our girl and her husband have to keep on working in uncomfortable PPE, and giving palliative care to the sick. Our son in law works in the Covid19 Hub in our area and sees Covid19 patients three times a week. I would prefer they didn’t have to do this, and as long as irresponsible behaviour continues, then they are at risk.

JenniferEccles Mon 18-May-20 23:04:16

Hear hear Rosalyn69

There seem to be endless threads at the moment all reporting alleged breaking of the rules by neighbours.

maddyone Mon 18-May-20 23:12:05

There may be other threads reporting alleged breaking of the rules, but as I have said, I couldn’t have missed what was happening unless I had closed my eyes whilst opening the curtains!

Do people approve of other people breaking the rules then? Perhaps people don’t need to worry about any family members becoming infected because they’re key workers or medics. I suspect that people with relatives working with Covid19 patients or the general public might take a different view.

LouLou21 Tue 19-May-20 09:46:36

We have a very large building site adjacent to our garden the workman have been there throughout the lockdown. No social distancing at all gathering in groups laughing and joking, I even heard one cough and say I’ve got the Coronavirus ha ha.

Coconut Tue 19-May-20 09:51:37

Our directions in this crisis are so contradictory and just lead to individual interpretation... shambolic is the word !

Taliya Tue 19-May-20 09:51:43

Yep, alot of social distancing has gone out of the window and forgotten about...which is hardly surprising given the mixed messages coming from the government. The only good thing is that most guys on building sites are young so hopefully they won't be badly affected it they get Covid 19 and most older or vulnerable people are social distancing or self isolating?

luluaugust Tue 19-May-20 09:52:44

Like maddyone we have builders working in the house opposite, not great social distancing but every window open. It's just like being at the theatre, scene one this morning arrival of loft insulation smile