Here We Go Again

Here in West Yorkshire – and specifically in the Bradford area – we’re in Lockdown for the second time.

Things had started to ease – I’d got my hair cut, the gym had re-opened. Life seemed to be getting back to normal.

Now, with just 2 ½ hours’ notice, we’re in Lockdown again. We’ve been given no end date.

But it’s a funny sort of Lockdown. It’s inconsistent, contradictory and confusing.

My gym has had to close – despite everyone being able to be 2 metres apart, and everything being sanitized every hour. In one part of the guidance they were told they had to ‘remain closed’ (they’d already re-opened), in another part it stated that people should only visit the gym with other members of the same household.

Many of the people I work with are Muslim, and this weekend is Eid al Adha. The Feast of the Sacrifice, when Muslims honour the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son. At the last moment, God provided a lamb to be sacrificed instead. You know the story.

It’s a time for family celebration, and going to the mosque. And now it’s basically been cancelled. And here’s the thing – I get that large gatherings aren’t a good idea and that there’s a risk of spreading the Coronavirus. BUT – Eid happens every year. It could have been planned for. Instead there was a statement at 9:30 pm – on Twitter, ffs – with effect from midnight. Not even the courtesy of a press conference or a statement in the House.

Some people will have woken up the following morning totally unaware of what had just happened.

If you happen to be from a Christian heritage background imagine, if you will, how you would feel if Christmas or Easter was cancelled with 2 ½ hours’ notice. Exactly.

I can go to work – the shops aren’t closed – but I don’t think I’m allowed to visit my parents, who don’t live in Bradford. More confusion – I can’t leave the Bradford area to visit another household. But my parents and I form a ‘support bubble’ – so does that mean I can visit them anyway? Can they come to visit me? No idea. I do know that if I needed to go, I would just go.

But our local Wetherspoons is open. For those of you not in the UK, Wetherspoons is a pub chain that sells cheap beer. When I walked past yesterday evening it was full, not a single person was wearing a mask, and there was absolutely no attempt at social distancing.

The whole thing is a shambles.

You can’t get fit or celebrate a major religious festival, or visit people outside of the area – but heaven forbid we stop people going to the pub.

To be fair, it’s enough to turn you to drink.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. LittleDreams says:

    The whole thing has been handled appallingly. Surely they knew before 9.30pm that a lockdown was needed- or did somebody see the figures at 9pm and realise?! Then had the audacity to think “yep, I’ll tweet it, save me the bother of speaking to the minions!”!!
    The language used was highly inflammatory-the rise in infections wasn’t caused by the Eid celebrations but might have had something to do with, say, the opening of pubs and the general wider opening? But it was made to sound like the rise was caused purely by the anticipation of Eid celebrations. Luckily, the virus doesn’t hang around Wetherspoons, beaches or schools. Phew!

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    1. Exactly. I mean, how could the rise have been caused by Eid when it hadn’t even happened yet??

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  2. Sarah says:

    Yes, you can continue visiting and staying with people within your support bubble.
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/north-west-of-england-local-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

    (I’m not sure if I am allowed to post links or if they will work)

    I found the timing and place of announcement disrespectful and illogical. I think the Government should have a set time each day for announcements about changes to the restrictions and if there are no changes being made, just say that and not all the hot air that is usually spouted.

    I would have preferred it if they had closed pubs and restaurants as well as places of worship. But that doesn’t tally with the get the economy moving whatever the cost policy.

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    1. Yes you can, and yes they will!! The timing was appalling, and doing it via Twitter was Trumpesque. Absolutely no comprehension of what it actually meant to people – or if they do comprehend, they don’t care.

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  3. It’s good to know the US isn’t the only place screwing this up royally!

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    1. It’s a total mess isn’t it?

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