May 2020

26.05.20 Route Map out of Lockdown.

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As you will have seen on the news etc, there is now a route map for getting us out of lockdown and back to some form of normality. There is only one date (28th May) attached to this at present, so it appears to be very much a case of seeing how it goes initially. This is an excerpt from the BBC News page which outlines the different phases of the exit.

The Scottish government has identified four phases for easing the restrictions:

Phase 1: Virus not yet contained but cases are falling. From 28 May you should be able to meet another household outside in small numbers. Sunbathing is allowed, along with some outdoor activities like golf and fishing. Garden centres and drive-through takeaways can reopen, some outdoor work can resume, and childminding services can begin.

Phase 2: Virus controlled. You can meet larger groups outdoors, and meet another household indoors. Construction, factories, warehouses, laboratories and small shops can resume work. Playgrounds and sports courts can reopen, and professional sport can begin again.

Phase 3: Virus suppressed. You can meet people from more than one household indoors. Non-essential offices would reopen, along with gyms, museums, libraries, cinemas, larger shops, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and dentists. Live events could take place with restricted numbers and physical distancing restrictions. Schools should reopen from 11 August.

Phase 4: Virus no longer a significant threat. University and college campuses can reopen in full, mass gatherings are allowed. All workplaces open and public transport is back at full capacity.

The situation will be reviewed every three weeks, with further phases of easing being introduced if enough progress is being made on keeping the virus under control.

However, Ms Sturgeon said she hoped to be able to move more quickly than that if the evidence allows.

She described the first steps as “proportionate and suitably cautious”, and said they were intended to “bring some improvement to people’s wellbeing and quality of life, start to get our economy moving again, and start to steer us safely towards a new normality”.

The first minister added: “It’s important to stress, though, that while the permitted reasons to be out of your house will increase, the default message during phase one will remain stay at home as much as possible.”

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10.05.20 Lockdown continues in Scotland.

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Despite differing advice for England, in Scotland we remain in a lockdown situation. Only go out to exercise, do essential shopping, to collect medical prescriptions or to attend medical appointments. The only slight difference is that exercise is now unlimited (within reason) but social distancing MUST still be observed at all times. Please bear in mind that we are approximately 2 weeks behind most of England with the progress of this virus, thus the differing advice being given.

06.05.20 Dog Poo!

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Our grass contractor is asking if we could please stop letting (some) of our dogs shit on the grass. It is really not acceptable for a number of reasons. 1. He doesn’t want to run his mowers through it. 2. Although the children aren’t playing much on the grass at the monent the faeces can leave germs in the grass that can survive for a long time. These germs can cause blindness in children. 3. It’s simply not socially acceptable. 4. If it’s an “accident”… Then PICK IT UP!!