Mudcat Café message #4045962 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #167528   Message #4045962
Posted By: Manitas_at_home
14-Apr-20 - 04:34 AM
Thread Name: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
The weather here in London is gorgeous if a bit nippy. This is a bit of a smack in the face for those trapped at home without gardens but we are seeing more restraint with people not flocking to the parks. Phoebe had a cough last week and chose to self-isolate. Her office asked if she would like to go on furlough (the company can then reclaim 80% of her salary from the government). The cough passed, and hasn't been passed to Liz or me, so Phoebe and Liz went for a big shop yesterday. The supermarkets are restricting the numbers in store so they had to queue for a while but everything on the shopping list was in stock although they had to buy different brands for some items. Phoebe has gone into work today as nothing seems to have happened about the furlough. From conversations with her manager it seems they may operate a rota so that there are 2 or 3 people on site each day.

We live not far from the local hospital and I occasionally pass by when exercising. There are a lot more patient transport ambulances (as opposed to emergency vehicles) outside the hospital than usual. In less than a week they built a facility for cleaning vehicles and now the ambulances are waiting in 2 lines, one awaiting cleansing and one ready for use. There are far fewer people outside of the hospital, even to take a smoking break. The majority of out-patient clinics are suspended and visitors are being discouraged.