Gransnet forums


Covid: What's the situation where you are?

(60 Posts)
FannyCornforth Thu 17-Jun-21 11:22:24

Hello Everyone 🙋

I fear that I'm going to sound, at best, terribly naive, and even possibly ignorant; so I apologise in advance if that is the case.

This thread was prompted by havimg just had my cat's grooming appointment cancelled due to the vetinary assistant having to self isolate.

I admit that I was sort of thinking that all that type of thing was over with now...

James O'Brien on LBC was saying some things the other day that prompted me to predict that the schools will be closing early for the Summer holidays...

DH and I were planning on going to the local pub tomorrow for the first time since February 2020; but now I'm not sure...

What is going on where you are?
What do think is going to happen?

Any thoughts; opinions; musings, please

Thank you, as ever

Artaylar Sat 19-Jun-21 14:26:39


Rates currently low on the Isle of Anglesey but thousands of holidaymakers have arrived from many areas of the U.K. so we have decided to stick to lunch in the garden with our closest friends who we know are as cautious as we are.
We’ll wait and see how things go at the end of the holiday season.
If I lived in an area that wasn’t full of tourists and had low covid rates I’d love to go and eat in a pub garden.
I hope you can venture out a bit FannyC, it’s nice to socialise and have a change of scenery.

I second that on the number of tourists here in Anglesey right now Laura Norder. We drove to Red Wharf Bay the other day for an outside drink at The Ship. It was absolutely packed and they were turning peeps away at the car park.

I think we'll be sticking to lunch in the garden for now as well.

calvin21 Sat 19-Jun-21 14:14:28

Message deleted by Gransnet for breaking our forum guidelines. Replies may also be deleted.

mokryna Sat 19-Jun-21 13:23:40

Versailles. ate outside a restaurant with one of my DDs last night, we both felt weird walking along the streets without masks fully on, as from last Thursday we could chose whether or not to outside. She’s a darling as she still wears hers lower down so that if she is near someone wearing one covering nose and mouth, out of respect she puts hers on correctly. I do the same but she is a young person. We couldn’t eat too late as there still is an eleven o’ clock curfew on till Sunday. No foreign tourists yet. It was so good.

Sarnia Sat 19-Jun-21 11:46:55

Surge testing is taking place in and around Reigate in Surrey this weekend due to rising numbers of the Delta variant. I hope over 18's take the opportunity to have a vaccine jab so this god awful virus doesn't have too many opportunities to mutate.

Ailidh Sat 19-Jun-21 10:56:38

I'm in West Yorkshire, on the border but not across it to Kirklees, which is a high Delta zone. I don't suppose the virus knows to stop at the border.

I haven't been to a pub yet but that's because I can't remember the last time I went to one pre-plague.
I haven't been to a restaurant yet but that's because I'm trying to lose weight and lack self control in the face of a menu.
I've had coffees indoors and outdoors at Costa and others, very happy with that.
I mask in our market which is outdoors but often very crowded.
I'm using buses again.
I'm shopping more, though only for things I want, I never have been a hobby shopper.
I'm going back to volunteering in my local charity shop.
I've continued walking the dogs at the crack of dawn an often before it.
I'm testing twice a week because I'm going about and among more people than before and although fully vaccinated at the earliest applicable opportunity, I am concerned to avoid asymptomatically passing it on to others.

I would say my life is pretty much back to normal, apart from having and wearing a vast range of colour matching masks. One garment that always fits, whether my weight goes up or down. 😷🤭

3nanny6 Fri 18-Jun-21 19:53:35

I am in South of England and apparently the Delta variant is rising rapidly not just where I am but also surrounding areas.
We had cards put through our doors that they would be visiting our area from last Thursday onwards but so far nobody has knocked at my door (that was for the surge testing) I do my own tests anyway and had a negative test yesterday.

I was looking at maybe 20.000 Scots football supporters that have made there way to London although they had been asked to stay away no social distancing and no masks oh well
perhaps they think just let the virus rip through so irresponsible.

Alegrias1 Fri 18-Jun-21 19:53:12

I brought up the presence and behaviour of the Tartan Army, so clearly I'm concerned.

Your response? "Who will NS blame?" It's impossible to have a serious conversation when that's the attitude.

Mollygo Fri 18-Jun-21 19:46:45

I’m concerned about the influx of fans to Wembley and the pubs and clubs in the area for those with no tickets? Are you confident that there will be no transfer of the virus in either direction?
It’s like the influx of visitors to Cornwall at half term + the G7, but not in the open air. If you don’t think there’s a problem, sorry you read my post.

Amberone Fri 18-Jun-21 19:43:54

Deaths, hospital admittance and cases were all on the rise recently in our area of North West Surrey but appear to have flattened out again.

Our lives have pretty much returned to normal (apart from mask wearing indoors) although we tend to avoid crowded places. We've been shopping a few times but we go early before things get busy, as with our supermarket trips. We've had three weekends in Wales to visit family and stayed in hotels and will be going back for a longer visit once hotel/cottage costs reduce a bit. I did notice when we were out today that there were a lot more people not wearing masks than I usually see, especially younger people (younger as in twentiesish).

Alegrias1 Fri 18-Jun-21 19:33:25


So will the Scots be bringing the virus with them? Will they take it back with them? Who will NS blame if there’s a spike?

Can't help yourself, can you Mollygo?

Jaxjacky Fri 18-Jun-21 19:27:32

Are you out Fanny? If so, enjoy your evening.

Mollygo Fri 18-Jun-21 19:14:53

So will the Scots be bringing the virus with them? Will they take it back with them? Who will NS blame if there’s a spike?

SueDonim Fri 18-Jun-21 19:02:28

NE Scotland here. Cases just about quadrupled here this month but they’re coming down again now. I don’t know if there’s been a local outbreak in any one particular area but it’s a relief to see the numbers getting lower.

JaneJudge Fri 18-Jun-21 18:10:16

I'm sure they said 14 unless they said 40 % as I commented to my husband how lucky we were to get our second ones, it has been almost a month for us I think

Alegrias1 Fri 18-Jun-21 17:53:52

That seems low JaneJudge, is it not the other way round? 14% of under 50s?

JaneJudge Fri 18-Jun-21 17:51:30

the situation is dire at my youngest's school and I wish they'd just go to remote learning. Two of his friends are in self isolation now. After being so careful throughout I am wondering what was the point

14% of over 50 yo have had two vaccines, it was on the news last night

Alegrias1 Fri 18-Jun-21 17:40:43

I've evolved gills wink

I'm wondering if we can just close the border and stop these eejits coming home but then you'd just have to have them in England. So that's no use.

Greeneyedgirl Fri 18-Jun-21 17:28:12

Of course. Although a Scot by birth I’ve evolved over the years into a southern softy grin

Alegrias1 Fri 18-Jun-21 17:04:06

We Scots are used to rain. Unfortunately sad

Greeneyedgirl Fri 18-Jun-21 16:57:16

Whoops, just had a look. Rain hasn’t helped!

Greeneyedgirl Fri 18-Jun-21 16:46:16

I was concerned about this when it was reported that far more were coming down than had got tickets. Is it raining? That usually helps?

Alegrias1 Fri 18-Jun-21 16:38:21

I don't really know of this is the right place for this comment, but I'm feeling very angry that our football fans seem to be behaving like idiots in London right now. I hope its just the way its being reported, but if they are being daft, they should be ashamed of themselves.

Greeneyedgirl Fri 18-Jun-21 11:45:56

Cases are low in my area, and it’s very encouraging that hospitalisations and deaths are not anywhere approaching previous rates, and am out and about with more confidence now fully vaccinated. However Chris Whitty is reported as saying yesterday that just be aware that coronavirus has not thrown its last surprise at us. ie the fat lady hasn’t sung yet!

Alegrias1 Fri 18-Jun-21 11:26:09

I saw this graph yesterday Fanny and I thought it was encouraging (I like a graph wink)

Cases are high in Scotland right now. If you look at the graph, the blue line is cases and the orange line is hospital admissions. Apart from right at the start, when everything was chaos, hospital admissions track cases pretty closely. But now, even though cases have gone high, hospital admissions are not following. I think its cause for optimism.

Data from Travelling Tabby. Axes are different for the two metrics.

LtEve Fri 18-Jun-21 11:19:38

I’m in the south east, no idea what cases are doing as I’ve stopped looking. We go out for lunch/dinner as often as possible. Don’t take any notice of what other people are doing re masks, we’ve both had covid , are double vaccinated and have had a recent positive antibody test. I can’t wait for all the restrictions to be lifted.