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  1. CaptainHaddock

    Long term social distancing: Impact on public life & public transport?

    As others have explained, it depends on your definition of "essential". If an individual feels that it's essential for the sake of their mental or physical health to make a train journey to the country or the seaside then that is very much permitted and, in my opinion, should be encouraged.
  2. CaptainHaddock

    Dominic Cummings alleged breach of lockdown rules discussion

    Interesting reports today that of the two witnesses who claimed to have seen Dominic Cummings breaking the lockdown, one had broken the lockdown himself by driving 250 miles to see his daughter and the other has confessed to making up his story for a joke! Three wrongs don't make a right of...
  3. CaptainHaddock

    First Bus Introduce Social Distancing

    No, the government has ASKED people to maintain social distancing WHERE POSSIBLE. No person, or any bus company has been instructed to forcibly keep passengers two metres apart, nor to prevent key workers from travelling...
  4. CaptainHaddock

    Long term social distancing: Impact on public life & public transport?

    I don't mean to be rude but I suspect you're one of those people who are rather enjoying the lockdown a bit too much! There are many lockdown enthusiasts who've actually found that being paid 80 per cent of your salary to sit around at home all day watching box sets is actually quite pleasurable...
  5. CaptainHaddock

    First Bus Introduce Social Distancing

    Complain. Bitterly if necessary. If you tell them the times you'd attempted to travel then hopefully the bus company can identify the driver and take action against him for wilfully refusing to pick up passengers with a legitimate reason to travel.
  6. CaptainHaddock

    Long term social distancing: Impact on public life & public transport?

    That's exactly my point, rail travellers should be trusted to use their common sense when deciding where to sit, not have some passive-aggressive jobsworth arbitrarily deciding which seats they can sit in. Fortunately the "out of use" notices are made of an elasticated material and fairly easy...
  7. CaptainHaddock

    Long term social distancing: Impact on public life & public transport?

    Yes, a completely unnecessary and disproportionate effort that will do nothing to encourage people to return to public transport now the number of new infections is declining so rapidly. I'm a key worker - what if, when I turn up for my train to work on Monday morning, the only free seats have...
  8. CaptainHaddock

    Long term social distancing: Impact on public life & public transport?

    Looks like someone at Northern's got too much time on their hands! Being a bit of a rebel I deliberately sat in one of the "out of use" seats... ;)
  9. CaptainHaddock

    Is London becoming a problem again?

    So the evidence for your theory that hospital admissions in London are increasing is an unsubstantiated tweet from a complete stranger? A swift google search reveals no evidence of his claim. I don't know who Chris Giles is but he sounds like one of those lockdown enthusiasts desperate to cling...
  10. CaptainHaddock

    Problems caused by lack of public toilets

    True, the larger supermarkets seem to be keeping theirs open, though on a rcent visit to Aldi I noted they'd closed their one public toilet with a notice saying it was for "customer safety reasons" or somesuch nonsnese.
  11. CaptainHaddock

    Problems caused by lack of public toilets

    Surely there's no rules on keeping public toilets shut? I know many local authorities panicked and closed them unnecessarily but, as we're told to wash our hands frequently, why keep shut the only places you can do that when you're out and about?
  12. CaptainHaddock

    Is it time to relax the 2m social distancing guideline? (WHO guidance is 1m)

    An opportunity missed at today's briefing, I think. And the new easement allowing groups of six people to meet outdoors means each group will need a space 10m X 10m. You'll struggle to find that much space in a park or on a beach, never mind in your own garden!
  13. CaptainHaddock

    Dominic Cummings alleged breach of lockdown rules discussion

    Yes, Emily, of course you asked for the day off. (where's that "rolls eyes" emoji when you want it)? In a perverse way, I quite admire Cummings for his brazen cheek in batting off all the criticism when he's so clearly in the wrong. The left wing media are so desperate to get rid of him but if...
  14. CaptainHaddock

    Ideas to reopen the leisure & tourism sectors if social distancing is to continue

    I'd suggest that if pubs want to open with restricted hours to test the waters then maybe opening daytime only, say 12 till 6pm might be the way to go. The reason I suggest this is that the heavy drinkers, who are the ones most likely to disobey the guidelines (intentionally or otherwise) tend...
  15. CaptainHaddock

    Additional retailers to reopen from June 15th

    Agreed, I'd rather spend the afternoon locked in a filing cabinet than visit Meadowhall but my partner finds it a good place to have a day out with an old friend. Generally they get there early, go for a coffee, then spend a couple of hours browsing the clothes shops and trying things on, then...
  16. CaptainHaddock

    Additional retailers to reopen from June 15th

    You are of course entitled to your opinion but I think the measures you mention (masks, queuing, social distancing) are employed to give the impression of safety rather than having any actual effect. As new infections continue to fall rapidly.it's really time for us all to come out of the "fear...
  17. CaptainHaddock

    Why can we not meet more than one other family member now? (update: you can from 1st June!)

    And despite what the lockdown enthusiasts say, it doesn't seem to have had any negative effect on the rate of new infections!
  18. CaptainHaddock

    Coronavirus: How scared should we be?

    Hopefully the TOCs will drop the "essential travel only" message on Monday 15 June when non-essential shops and tourist attractions will be allowed to reopen. It would be ridiculous to open all the shops and then tell people they aren't allowed to travel to them!
  19. CaptainHaddock

    Coronavirus: How scared should we be?

    Have you noticed that the more the lockdown is eased, the steeper the fall in deaths and new infections? It's too early to say if there's a correlation and it may be that the coronavirus is burning itself out naturally but either way it does seem the easing of the lockdown doesn't seem to be...
  20. CaptainHaddock

    What travel is currently allowed by the legislation?

    True, but it would be wise to use your judgement so you don't come into contact with too many people. In my opinion, traveling 20 miles to have a walk out in the country would be reasonable but hopping on a Cross Country train from Aberdeen to Penzance might be taking the proverbial! That said...

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