Lockdown, NHS and all that

April 5, 2020

Lockdown, NHS and all that

A first blog ………

This is the first of an occasional series of blogs where I muse on life running Southern Breeze Lodge, life in general, and other topics that seem relevant at the time

Here we are two weeks into lockdown, with all the restrictions on travel, socialising and the things we take for granted. It’s a strange time few of us have experienced unless we lived through the Second World War.

The whole Coronavirus situation has left many of us feeling that we are living in surreal and different times. As a business it’s presented difficulties. On the 16th March the Government suggested that we do not go to bars and restaurants, social gatherings or travel unnecessarily. The whole hospitality sector found it difficult as the government’s position was ambiguous, had our businesses been closed or not, whatever was meant by that advice he effect of the PM’s comments saw a drop in trade of nearly 100%. Then on the 23rd March came certainty with a legally enforced closure.

The day after the full lockdown was announced I went out with Elizabeth to do some shopping and the streets were so quiet, there was so little traffic on the roads and all but essential shops closed. The world had a different feel to it.

In this different world we have seen the some of the best and some of the worst of our country. I think we all shuddered at the greed and selfishness of the misnamed “panic” buying of the early days and those who refuse to follow the Government advice. Then we saw the selflessness of our NHS staff and care workers, the unsung key workers such as posties, bin men, delivery drivers to name but a few.

The numerous acts of kindness, the willingness of people to volunteer to help those in the community, the willingness to put teddy bears in your window for children to hunt on their daily walk have been amazing. The weekly #ClapForOurCarers has been humbling in the way people have come out to show support. I was touched when I joined in this week to be approached by a young man to personally thank me as he was an NHS worker – him thanking me, really?

Then there were the ingenious ways business found to keep their businesses going and help the vulnerable, the numerous entertaining musical items with re-written words circulating on the internet and the educational videos. These showed the way we British face adversity with humour, resilience and stoicism.

The British Institution of queuing has been to the fore, with queues just to get into Tescos or wherever, with marking to keep everybody at a 2m distance. Shopping has become less stressful as there are no longer any crowds struggling to get down the aisles. In this less stressful environment people have become more polite.

When all this is over it would be nice to think we can keep all the positives that have come out of this – the sense of community that brought about the volunteering and spirit of giving to the community, the consideration of each other, the humour coming to the fore to name but a few positive outcomes.

In the meantime stay safe and follow the Government’s advice – STAY HOME, PROTECT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES.