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Britain is on lockdown at last
If you saw the news tonight 23rd March 2020 you would see that at last Britain is on lockdown. This has never happened in my generation and probably not in yours either. We have not become a police state but at last, the Government has done something I agree with and I never thought I would ever say that. The British Government has issued a stricter set of rules to combat COVID-19.
I am not sure if this lockdown came as a surprise to anyone but it didn’t to me. It was reported at the weekend that people were ignoring the advice of the Government about social distancing and not gathering together. Some people treated the weekend as a Bank Holiday as there were thousands of people at popular seaside places such as Skegness.
The purpose of the lockdown is to protect the public, to ensure that the NHS can cope with those seriously ill from Covid-19. Protect NHS health workers and people like me and you.
What the lockdown means to us
The lockdown means that many of the things we used to do and take for granted can no longer do for the benefit of all and not just a few.
During the lockdown, you can no longer meet in groups of friends or in public gatherings. You will be able to go out for a walk once a day on your own or with members of your family and that is all.
You can go out for essential shopping for food or to collect your medication. You will not be able to go clothes shopping or shopping for a new TV or wallpaper for your living room.
You will be able to drive to work and home again but no unnecessary travel will be allowed. That will be hard for many people who have families scattered over the country and also where families are split up and children live with a different parents. This is a time when we will have to make sacrifices for the good of others and our families.
There will be closures of many other places such as libraries, parks and churches. That doesn’t mean you can’t read, exercise or pray you still have the right to do this but at home.
This isn’t a sacrifice we have to live with forever, it is just three weeks. The Government has told us that this will be reviewed in three weeks. If we do what we are supposed to do to protect the people of Britain then it isn’t such a big sacrifice. If we follow the rules set out for us then I do believe that we can beat this and fewer people will die.
Everything carries consequences
There are consequences for every action we make whether good or bad. Sometimes there are unseen consequences such as what we are seeing today with Covid-19 or the Coronavirus. I am sure that many of the people that have contracted the virus would say they would not want anyone else to have it or die with it but still, they make contact with friends and vulnerable members of their family.
NHS staff members are unwittingly treating patients who have been in contact with other carriers of the virus. It is time for us to wise up and take personal responsibility for our own health and the health of others.
I recently wrote a blog entitled Don’t Panic in which I spoke about the people of Britain not panicking about bulk food buying, not being selfish and considering others. I still stand by what I said then and ask my readers to consider other people at this time over and above yourselves and their own self-interest.
I believe Britain can beat this virus if we are determined to work together and do what we are told and isolate ourselves. Do what we have to do and protect others. The longer Britain refuses to accept the lockdown more lives will be at risk and the stricter the law will become.
Take this as an opportunity
I am sure there have been things you wanted to learn. or perhaps you have always wanted to spend more time with your children at home. Take this time as an opportunity to learn something new. There are online courses you can take. learn a new skill, a new language or maybe there is that book you have always wanted to read. Don’t forget that online stores are open too so you can still order that treat that will make this time easier.
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