UK coronavirus discussion. “Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.”

Sumio Mondo

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Oct 25, 2017
4,289
United Kingdom
It's still fairly better than other industry at this time. It's one of the very few that give you that much of flexibility.
I can't see we all have bright future, but man, i wouldn't want to imagine working in other industry in this situation.
Well I'm out of work, I'm saying I'm looking on job boards in my area and there's literally nothing (support/project roles) unless I want to work in busy offices, which I want to stay away from in these circumstances (and even then the money being offered is atrocious for contracting). All the agencies I've spoken have said don't expect much to change going forward.
 

Garfield

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Oct 31, 2018
1,896
Does anyone know how keyworker bit works, wife is a teacher so will come under key worker, but I just work for council so not a key worker, can we still send our child to nursery. I asked them and they just looked blank.

basically do you qualify if one of you are not a keyworker
 

PJV3

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Oct 25, 2017
9,249
London
I don't quite get the "sciency" press conference idea, journalists don't seem to understand it either.
Egghead stuff should just be a press release or recorded statement.
 

Chaz

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
3,229
Scotland, UK
Three more patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to six.

The first minister told the Scottish Parliament the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 had risen to 266, an increase of 39 from Wednesday.
She added that those on the frontline of the NHS were the priority for testing.

Police officers and other emergency service personnel will also be included in the key worker list.

Nice to see Scotland prioritising testing NHS workers. Take note Boris. Only 3 labs is disappointing.
 

blaze

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Oct 25, 2017
248
UK
I've had quite a few customers who rent office space from me telling me their businesses have come to a complete standstill and they're very likely going to have to give notice. There's going to be so many businesses closing by the end of all this, I'm fully expecting to see a large amount of customer vacates once the dust settles, even if we try to help them out by delaying payments.
 

shaneo632

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Oct 29, 2017
14,705
Essex, UK
A friend of mine is a chef for Brewers Fayre and they are shutting down all restaurants tomorrow. All staff will receive 70% pay of their contracted hours but there is a catch.

Even though they are closed all staff have to turn up to work for their shifts and basically sit there for the hours they are supposed to be working to get paid. So if you are down to work Saturday night then you have to turn up on time and sit in the restaurant until your shift would have ended.

I mean its good they are getting paid I suppose but why the fuck are they forcing them to go into work and sit there doing nothing to earn it when the restaurant is closed instead of letting them stay at home and look after there families
Man that is some petty fucking bullshit. Baffling. They're paying them to do nothing either way - just let them be at home you power-trip cunts.
 
Dec 2, 2017
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I was just on a train with a guy, full suit and tie. Was having a full on rave to music from his phone. Said to me FUCK IT MATE IF WE’RE GONNA DIE LETS DIE HAPPY’
 

Cosmonaut X

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Oct 26, 2017
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I guess we learned how little of fucks the Tories will give to us so we adapted and took shit into our own hands.
I did wonder whether some announcements from devolved regions have been pushed forward or released because (A) the devolved regions are seeing little leadership from central government, and (B) to force the hand of the government to act faster.

I was just on a train with a guy, full suit and tie. Was having a full on rave to music from his phone. Said to me FUCK IT MATE IF WE’RE GONNA DIE LETS DIE HAPPY’
imagining this as a lost Limmy Show sketch now.
 
Oct 29, 2017
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Worryingly, hearing that Tesco and B&M are offering their staff a two week bonus if they don't need to self isolate during this. Isn't that just incentivising people to do the wrong thing?
You can’t really win though. If you’re paying people to not go to work (obvs following the advice and precautions needed), then what incentive is there to work if you’re genuinely fine. I’m not sure what you’ve heard though so depends what the bonus is I guess.
 

Cagen

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Oct 25, 2017
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UK
Does anyone know how keyworker bit works, wife is a teacher so will come under key worker, but I just work for council so not a key worker, can we still send our child to nursery. I asked them and they just looked blank.

basically do you qualify if one of you are not a keyworker
We are in the same situation (girlfriend works for the ambulance service though), the messaging and comms from the government have not been good.

We are taking the opinion that we need to protect the key worker at all costs (as staff are dropping like flies) and as I am WFH our 3 year old will be home with me and my work will just have to suffer as a result.
 
Oct 25, 2017
236
Dundee, Scotland
You can’t really win though. If you’re paying people to not go to work (obvs following the advice and precautions needed), then what incentive is there to work if you’re genuinely fine. I’m not sure what you’ve heard though so depends what the bonus is I guess.
When this is over, if you have not taken any time off, you will receive two weeks wages as a bonus. It's incredibly stupid, paying people to expose their colleagues.
 

CovFan

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Oct 25, 2017
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Sky news said this was today's briefing and the BBC have removed the 5pm briefing from their schedule when it was there earlier.
Refusing to answer some questions and no Prime Minister. Shambles.
Sky News said that this was a new extra briefing. The ‘sciency’ briefing is happening in the mornings as a regular thing and the evening one is remaining the same. We now have 2 different briefings happening a day.
 

SuperSah

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Oct 26, 2017
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User banned (2 months): trolling over multiple posts, spreading unsourced misinformation in a sensitive thread, history of trolling
My cousin works for the MoJ.

They have all received an email explaining that London will be locked down on Wednesday next week and the remainder of the country within two weeks after.

BoJo is NOT announcing it until Monday to give 48 hours prep.

This email came from the MoJ head.
 

NomadPete

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Oct 30, 2017
106
Norfolk, UK
My cousin works for the MoJ.

They have all received an email explaining that London will be locked down on Wednesday next week and the remainder of the country within two weeks after.

BoJo is NOT announcing it until Monday to give 48 hours prep.

This email came from the MoJ head.
Sorry but I cannot believe that. Something so major would not have been emailed out like this, as it is assured to leak and cause panic. If they do it, very few will know and it will happen VERY quickly.
 

WillJoe

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Nov 14, 2018
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what would a "lockdown" mean?

people are panicking that that army is gonna be rolling through the streets in tanks and carrying guns. i get if they need to back up the police and open medical centres. will it just be a mandatory "stay in the house symptoms or not" unless you're a keyworker or if you need to go get medication/food? i'm in the NHS so still going to work and have only been going out for shopping once a week.

what happens if people go out? fined? arrested? will all businesses shut down except for things like supermarkets/petrol stations?
 

Punished Dan

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Oct 27, 2017
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what would a "lockdown" mean?

people are panicking that that army is gonna be rolling through the streets in tanks and carrying guns. i get if they need to back up the police and open medical centres. will it just be a mandatory "stay in the house symptoms or not" unless you're a keyworker or if you need to go get medication/food? i'm in the NHS so still going to work and have only been going out for shopping once a week.

what happens if people go out? fined? arrested? will all businesses shut down except for things like supermarkets/petrol stations?
I think what France, Spain & Italy are doing tbh.
Something very similar.
I think it could be a case of if you go out and have no reason to be out, and the authorities see you they will not be best pleased and you could be sanctioned in one way or another.

I think in France they have to print or show a completed form which is a tick box as why they are out of their house.

Going down the pub or gym is not on it so half the UK would be screwed.
 

AngryMoth

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Oct 25, 2017
201
Really pissed off with panic buyers at the moment. My thinking was today would be better now that they're limiting sales to 3 of the same item per customer, plus people can only stockpile so much before their cupboards are full. But instead it was the worst I've seen it yet; meat, veg, eggs and all other basic essentials totally cleaned out. Seems like dinner is going to be lucky dip for the foreseeable future.
 
Oct 30, 2017
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what would a "lockdown" mean?

people are panicking that that army is gonna be rolling through the streets in tanks and carrying guns. i get if they need to back up the police and open medical centres. will it just be a mandatory "stay in the house symptoms or not" unless you're a keyworker or if you need to go get medication/food? i'm in the NHS so still going to work and have only been going out for shopping once a week.

what happens if people go out? fined? arrested? will all businesses shut down except for things like supermarkets/petrol stations?
Have to imagine it'll be similar to Italy; had friends of coworkers go out for a St. Patricks day pint; they got fined 1000EUR each for breaking curfew.
 

Daffy Duck

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
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My cousin works for the MoJ.

They have all received an email explaining that London will be locked down on Wednesday next week and the remainder of the country within two weeks after.

BoJo is NOT announcing it until Monday to give 48 hours prep.

This email came from the MoJ head.
sounds like tales from the ass.
 

NomadPete

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Oct 30, 2017
106
Norfolk, UK
Really pissed off with panic buyers at the moment. My thinking was today would be better now that they're limiting sales to 3 of the same item per customer, plus people can only stockpile so much before their cupboards are full. But instead it was the worst I've seen it yet; meat, veg, eggs and all other basic essentials totally cleaned out. Seems like dinner is going to be lucky dip for the foreseeable future.
The rumours (like above) are just going to make this thing worse and worse until the government get off their fucking arse and do something. For example - freezers are going out of stock everywhere as every dickhead is buying one to stockpile EVEN MORE.
 

Psychotext

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Oct 30, 2017
5,399
That is my industry. But unless I can get one of the remote working jobs (which everyone is now going to fiercely go for) and industries trying to save costs, IT is usually one of the areas they will try and save money on. I'm not optimistic for the future at all.
Agreed. All my projects just got shut down.

Companies will be watching their cashflow over EVERYTHING right now, so unless you're a VPN specialist or a literal IT hardware bod working on laptops etc, no guarantee you're going to be in a good position.
 

Lonely1

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Oct 26, 2017
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Do we have any insights of how long would the lockdown on Italy, France and Spain are projected to last?