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Christmas shoppers in Regent St yesterday ???

(94 Posts)
MawBe Sun 06-Dec-20 09:03:12

I could weep
These idiots are not only endangering themselves but every one of us - the wider population, not just GN, I mean.
How many Christmases are going to be ruined because of this total lack of responsibility?
How many lives?
No wonder we need lockdowns when people cannot be trusted to be sensible or considerate of others.

Urmstongran Sun 06-Dec-20 14:39:43


Our daughter aged 40y this month is in week 9 of long-Covid. She caught it at the end of September and has no underlying conditions. She said it’s been awful and has never in her life felt so poorly and yes, scared because it’s a new virus and in the wee small hours would disappear down a rabbit hole worrying if the virus was doing any long term damage to her heart and lungs.

This virus is nasty. It’s not only oldies who get it badly.

BlueBelle Sun 06-Dec-20 14:47:12

Well were they doing something wrong ?
We certainly cannot tell by these photos
I agree with you Jaxjacky we cannot be verbally slaughtering
everybody. it’s going to make no difference just makes for a much nastier community and much more negativity amongst us
Gransnet went through weeks of slating people calling them idiots and morons after pictures were posted on Bournemouth? beach it made no difference There wasn’t a big spike after that

There will be much more of a spike after Christmas when 15 people can get together in one house !!! Daftest rule ever but of course it’s the shoppers that will get the blame, easy pickings

MawBe Sun 06-Dec-20 15:09:03

If you can’t spot what was wrong both in Regent Street and Nottingham Christmas Market yesterday I give up.

Clearly some people need regulation as they seem totally incapable of responsible behaviour. This is a pandemic for gods sake. Over 400 people ar dying of it every day -many of these both premature and unnecessary. Their families won’t be having much of a Christmas this year or for years to come.
When did collective responsibility die out?
If numbers of cases and deaths go up after this sort of behaviour our economy will also be slower to recover - so more deaths, more shops and businesses closing, and more redundancies.
BTW it is nothing like being on a beach in the summer- out in the fresh air and sunshine - have you ever been on Regent St when it is heaving?
If London goes back into Tier 3 after this I should not be at all surprised.

Jaxjacky Sun 06-Dec-20 15:17:28

MawBe I’m suggesting neither, I am fully aware thank you and check the worldometer figures almost daily along with our local figures. You have no idea of my real world and I find your tone rather harsh, however, your view is, of course, very valid.

MayBee70 Sun 06-Dec-20 15:46:22

People in our village were socialising outside last night. Not sure if they’d all turned their Christmas lights on but there were certainly more than 6 people congregating for quite a long time. Maybe there’s just something wrong with me in that I have no desire to go shopping or socialise with my neighbours. My neighbours seem to have people coming and going from their houses, too. I haven’t had a visitor for 10 months. In fact I’ve lived in my village for over 40 years and I actually feel alienated by it.

MawBe Sun 06-Dec-20 16:36:49

I am sorry Jaxjacky for letting my emotions get the better of me,
I appreciate that for some people the risks and consequences are perhaps remote. There will be many who have not been directly affected , other than perhaps not hugging their grandchildren -if indeed they have even stopped that - just as there are other Grans whose AC are manning the NHS/education/police or other public services front line and who can take every precaution in the world personally but whose livelihoods or lives are at even more risk because of the stupidity and selfishness of others .
Yes I am angry when it is suggested that such pictures might be manipulated or faked or when somebody can’t see “what anybody is doing wrong”.
I think more of us should be angry and that instead of welcoming the easing of restrictions with a “shop till you drop” day out in town, need to see it as a device by politicians to try to tell us what we want to hear.

Lucretzia Sun 06-Dec-20 16:42:18

It is a real problem and a Christmas Market has had to be closed down.

Photos can be manipulated but not sure those of London have been.

cornishpatsy Sun 06-Dec-20 16:48:08

Shops are open and we are allowed to shop so that is what people are doing.

I can not see a way of limiting numbers so not everyone goes to a town centre at the same time.

Toadinthehole Sun 06-Dec-20 16:55:24

I agree Bluebelle. It won’t make any difference, but they’re doing everything wrong, not just something!

MaizieD Sun 06-Dec-20 17:03:03

It might have helped a bit if mask wearing outside had been made mandatory.

Lavazza1st Sun 06-Dec-20 17:12:35

The government told everyone to "eat out to help out" (we didnt)

Afterwards we found out that as a result Covid rose by 30%.

The government say people can shop. (we arent) There is nothing worth taking that risk for. We can shop online. Stupid is as stupid does.

GrannySquare Sun 06-Dec-20 17:12:58

Aha! A late nomination for group festive season entry for the 2020 Darwin Prize.

All too predictably, most of the shopping hordes will be fine, maybe some sniffles but there will be those who will be unwell around Christmas Day & New Year when the NHS teams are taking a much-needed break & there is a skeleton (!) service.

petra Sun 06-Dec-20 17:16:00

Do you have no family locally? What about your neighbours, don't they knock for a chat. 40 yrs is a long time to live in a village and you haven't had a visitor for 10 months.

MayBee70 Sun 06-Dec-20 17:49:17

I haven't had a visitor for 10 months because I'm shielding. To protect myself, others and the NHS. But I haven't taken part in their street karaokes or been in and out of their homes. My daughter lives 5 minutes drive away. She has not been in my house for 10 months. She delivers food to me. We are not spending Christmas together. I'm very much part of my village community, or at least I was until there was a pandemic when I watched in horror as other people behaved as if there isn't one. That's what has made me feel alienated. It's as if there are two groups of people; those that realise there's a pandemic and those who seem to ignore it.

Summerlove Sun 06-Dec-20 18:18:22

I’m curious what the government expected when they imposed a four week lockdown before Christmas.

People had four less weeks to “shop local”.

This is hardly a surprise

Summerlove Sun 06-Dec-20 18:19:58


*in fact a lot of people break the regulations just a bit because they think they are a special case* = reckless!

We’ve seen so much of this one any “what are your Christmas plans” threads

glammanana Sun 06-Dec-20 18:25:21

MayBee70 How awful for you feeling as you do I just can't understand some people neighbours could at least phone you to ask how you are couldn't they,mind you its lucky you have your daughter so near to you to do your shopping.
Keep posting on GN as you will never be short of someone to chat to if you feel

MayBee70 Sun 06-Dec-20 18:39:50

No, you misunderstand me. I won’t let anyone in my house (except DH and the dog). I just don’t understand why all of my neighbours are constantly chatting to each other, having visitors etc. Because we’re shielding we feel different to everyone else in the street. Even the next door neighbours who are much older and more vulnerable than we are are outside chatting with everyone. We just don’t understand it. And they don’t seem to understand why we don’t want to stand outside having a non socially distanced drink with them. Once we’ve had a vaccine we’ll loosen up but we’re not dropping our guard when we’re so close to that.

Lucca Sun 06-Dec-20 18:58:04

“ Personally, I’d have put all the clinically vulnerable & the over 65’s under house arrest until we found the vaccine & let everyone else get on with it.”
No thanks! Why should we who are capable of being careful be locked away?
Including those teachers over 65?

humptydumpty Sun 06-Dec-20 19:17:45

TBH my personal opinion is that I strongly resent the crowds of people in Regent Street and Nottingham as they may lead to the imposition of yet another period of lockdown on me and many others who have kept to social distancing etc. and we will be suffering this through no fault of our own.

varian Sun 06-Dec-20 19:22:38

Unfortunately the stupidest, most ill-informed and gullible people in the UK have, in recent years, been allowed to inflict untold damage on the rest of us.

kazzerb Sun 06-Dec-20 19:26:33

Christmas market in Derby has had to be cancelled as the whole place was overwhelmed by sheer numbers of people, many not wearing a mask and no social distancing !! Idiots, the lot of them. I can see lock down number three being the whole of Jan / Feb 2021

Callistemon Sun 06-Dec-20 19:57:22

We had socially distanced drinks with our neighbours MayBee when weather permitted but, apart from seeing them going past when we've been in the front garden, we haven't seen much of them for weeks.

I do know, however, if we needed help, we'd only have to email, phone or text.

I hope you have their phone numbers and emails.

honeyrose Sun 06-Dec-20 20:23:14

I haven’t read all of the threads so forgive me if someone else has mentioned this. At Nottingham Christmas Market, some people were defacating in doorways as no toilets open in the market. Yet another health hazard to add to the risk of COVID.

EllanVannin Sun 06-Dec-20 20:30:26

What's more, these crowds have been using shop doorways as toilets in some places where the toilets have been closed-----more contamination !