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Thread: What’s it like where you live?

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    What’s it like where you live?

    Most of us I guess are Wales based and many in England so we know what lockdown is like here. No pubs, clubs, theatres, gyms, pools, or non essential shops open.

    Not allowed to leave home to travel unless food shopping, medical appointments, caring or working.

    No fans at the football or the rugby. People can’t play golf, tennis or drive to the beach.

    But what about elsewhere in the world. What’s it like in the US? We have New Yorkers on here, Wisconsin too I think. How about the Far East, Australia or Europe. We have Danish and French contributors. Ireland as well.

    I have to go out for work I can’t do from home and there plenty of people out and about here. Not socialising as such, but lots going to the supermarket, McDonald’s, car washes, stores like The Range, B&M, B&Q seem quite busy. Loads of students about near Tesco’s on Western Ave.

    Places are quieter and although I’ve not been in several months I imagine town is quiet these days.

    Are we getting used to a new way of life or is it going to explode into a frenzy when we get the green light to get back to normal?

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    Church Village is rocking.

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    When all restrictions are lifted I imagine it will go crazy for a while, particularly if its in the summer as hoped

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    I have a few friends ( or people we have stayed in touch with via social media ) in Orlando, if it wasnt for face masks, i dont think they are living any differently than they did 2 years ago, it really is back to normal life for them, of course the hospitality industry is still struggling ( with the lack of tourists ) but even that is slowly returning, one of them has just had her 30th Birthday, about 15 of them in a bar drinking cocktails and listening to a live band, it looked normal

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue matt View Post
    I have a few friends ( or people we have stayed in touch with via social media ) in Orlando, if it wasnt for face masks, i dont think they are living any differently than they did 2 years ago, it really is back to normal life for them, of course the hospitality industry is still struggling ( with the lack of tourists ) but even that is slowly returning, one of them has just had her 30th Birthday, about 15 of them in a bar drinking cocktails and listening to a live band, it looked normal
    Hasn't Florida lifted all restrictions?

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    Its bloody hot on Mars , not much life either ,and It's a God-awful small affair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by life on mars View Post
    Its bloody hot on Mars , not much life either ,and It's a God-awful small affair.
    No need for social distancing (or is that dustancing?) there!

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    Re: What’s it like where you live?

    We really are lucky in our Province Mike (New Brunswick)we currently have 36 cases , have had 27 Deaths since it all started. Mind you our population is very small around 780,000. We still go to Restaurant's, cinema etc, although have to wear a mask when outside or unable to safe distance. We are heading for our lowest level in a week or so, Yellow, which is very much the same as current. All shops, salons, hairdressers all open with restrictions, schools, daycare centres all open. Where the UK is well ahead of us and quite rightly, you have it much worse, is the vaccine provision, where me as a healthy 58 year old will likely have to wait until Aug / Sept to receive.
    Oh well local holiday again this year.

    Stay Safe all

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    Bars and restaurants can operate at 25% capacity. Shops are open. Everyone is required to wear a mask to enter any public place. In Manhattan, 90% of people wear masks when out on the street. This is not mandatory. Beaches are open. Golf courses are open. NYC is relatively quiet but still fully operational. Although the subway does shut down for a few hours at night. Many people are working from home. So far about 50M people have received one or more doses of a vaccine. The new one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine should become available this week. It only requires regular refrigeration so hopefully, it should be a lot simpler and easier to administer. I am eligible to receive a vaccine on March 29th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by City123 View Post
    Hasn't Florida lifted all restrictions?
    Yes they entered phase 3 last Sept, which did lift most restrictions and it aimed at getting life back to normal, including getting people back to the office, theme parks ( though they all seem to be at under 50% capacity ) bars and restaurants can open with full capacity, i think sports events are still slightly restricted

    I also saw that DeSantis, has said that Fla has vaccinated over 50% of the senior aged ( which is pretty good going ) they are now doing police / firefighters and teachers over the age of 50

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    Hiya Mike. I live in Brisbane Australia and everything is pretty normal. My bewery is going fine with restrictions of one person per two square meters although there is a limit to capacity of 289 when we could fit over 450 in on a normal match day (we are opposite the Gabba and people are allowed to attend sports games here). People have to check in or we must refuse entry but most people are used to this now. It is weird watching other places around the world on TV with all the brutal restrictions destroying many small businesses.

    Whenever there is a little outbreak usually from staff working in hotel quarantine, they just shut down the city for a few days, contract trace and eliminate the outbreak.

    We have it pretty lucky over here. I hope you are all safe and well.

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    In Tokyo, we've never been fully locked down. Some restaurants/bars were shut last year from April to mid-June, but 99% normal since then, although since last month many places that serve booze have to shut by 8pm. There are token spatial restrictions which are arbitrary with spaced seating in banks/offices etc. but not on the packed trains or most restaurants/bars.

    Other than that, I've been massively lucky to be out here.

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    Oh, and the baseball season will open on April 1st with between 10,000 and 15,000 fans allowed at games.

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    In Poland it’s pretty similar to UK. I can go to work and shopping but pretty much everything else is still closed. No sport, no bars, no cinemas. I can get a hair cut!

    I moved out here 5 months ago and Covid levels have been consistently 15% of uk rates until the last couple of weeks when the decline in uk finally took uk under pl rates and Poland have just started their 3rd wave.

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    We've been quite lucky in the province I live in, everything here is pretty much back to normal. Wearing a mask on public transport is still mandatory and sometimes, for reasons unknown to me, some of the shopping malls will insist you wear a mask and use the phone app to scan a QR code when entering or leaving, then other days the same mall has no such restrictions.

    A noticeably much smaller percentage of people are wearing masks when they're out and about (est. 15%). At the height of the pandemic here last Spring, everyone wore a mask when outside.

    You need to check when planning on entering another province if it's is allowed or whether you would be allowed access back to your province as a result.

    Some provinces have had quite severe lockdowns.

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    Re: What’s it like where you live?

    All people entering locals and other nationalities have to spend 14 days in quarantine. For travellers arriving at Tan Son Nhat, Ho Chi Minh City accommodation is provided at Cu Chi (not in the tunnels though)

    Life carries on pretty much as normal. Bars, restaurants are open. People go to work. Students go to school. Markets are open as usual. The Tet holiday was celebrated in the usual ways.

    Virus testing doesn’t have much take up so trying to get a real idea about infection rates is pretty meaningless.
    And similarly with death rates. People get sick. Go home and if they die the chances of it being recorded as coronavirus is very small because the health care system is pretty much non existent unless you can pay but even then the doctors probably won’t put it as a cause of death.

    If you are identified as someone with the virus the police (Mr Green) will come and sit outside your house to make sure you don’t leave the house until the quarantine period is over.

    People are excited to receive a vaccine when one becomes available but government officials and people with money will get the vaccine first.

    If you’re a foreigner with health cover you can get a vaccine at your approved international clinic.

    Those citizens who are better informed follow closely developments in the U.K., Europe, the US and Australia

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    Well this is a depressing read. 🤣

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCBlue View Post
    Oh, and the baseball season will open on April 1st with between 10,000 and 15,000 fans allowed at games.
    Read an article about NY the other day saying they reckon about 3 million people have left? All the wealthy ones off to their second homes, Broadway actors etc gone and no students.....is that right? It was mainly about whether NY will become the NY of old again....

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    Quote Originally Posted by UNDERHILL1927 View Post
    Well this is a depressing read. ��
    Sure does...if you want to feel normal ish here just go down to city rd, feels like nothings changed too much.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by goats View Post
    Read an article about NY the other day saying they reckon about 3 million people have left? All the wealthy ones off to their second homes, Broadway actors etc gone and no students.....is that right? It was mainly about whether NY will become the NY of old again....
    you are correct goats its the same in California too over 100,000 people and businesses are leaving every year to mainly Texas .Properties prices and rents have gone through the roof

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