What will be different following the Coronavirus?

My MiL seemed a bit depressed that the Rapture didn't come on time as the Witlesses had predicted. After all, how can the holy writ of the Bible be anything but the infallible word of god. I think she was hacked off that god hadn't shown up and smited the unbelieving.
It doesn't surprise me that some/many thought it was coming.

I asked her why the JWs spent so much time and effort on Pioneer work (i.e ringing peoples doorbells and pissing them off) when only 144,000 will go to heaven. What happens if they get a new recruit and as there are more than that number around the world how do they work out who gets to sit with the big fella.

I never did get a convincing answer. As best I could ascertain all the dead people rise from their graves and live for all eternity on a paradisiacal Earth. So all beer and skittles for the 144K sat upstairs with god and zombie apocalypse down here.

Something to look forward to I suppose.
The 144,000 that go to heaven are the 'governors'; like the bosses; think world parliament kind of thing.

The rest live on Paradise Earth.

A good JW would be to sit down, with a Bible, and explain it all to you using the scripture to back up what they say. I've a friend who is an ex-JW and a bible expert. While he was one his wife (a 2nd gen JW) was banging her dentist boss and she later ran off with an ex-squaddie who was doing some security job in Iraq.

He's now remarried (a divorcee). I don't know the ins/outs, but I think because his wife had an affair, the JWs would see him as single, but they would not accept his wife as HIS wife because she's still married to the previous bloke in God's eyes.

Or something daft like that.
 
I'm flipping thirsty, I live 100 metres from a country pub and I haven't had a pint since the lockdown.
The pubs are opening on 4th July. Will it be like when non-essential shops re-opened, with crowds of the brain dead thronging to get in? I reckon I’ll give it a few days/weeks/months until it’s possible to turn up and enjoy a quiet pint in peace!

Also, the bastards better hadn’t have put the prices up!
 

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LE
The pubs are opening on 4th July. Will it be like when non-essential shops re-opened, with crowds of the brain dead thronging to get in? I reckon I’ll give it a few days/weeks/months until it’s possible to turn up and enjoy a quiet pint in peace!

Also, the bastards better hadn’t have put the prices up!
It's apparently table service only; no queing at or propping up the bar (that's my local's resident obnoxious irritating barfly screwed, then) due to the new 1m rule.

The 1m rule only applies if everyone is masked up and "other measures" (disposable latex gloves or hand sanitizing regime, presumably), else it's 2m.

So, all sat around a table, a metre apart, trying to have a pint and a meal through a mask...

Could make for some entertaining clips appearing on the internet, then!
 
I'm waiting a few days until they've flushed the pipes out, those first pints will guarantee a Japanese prisoner of war experience for your bowels.
 
When they open up Europe to travel again, I'll be watching, but I hope I'm wrong in thinking it's too soon.

Same with pubs etc
Yet you go to Aldi, Lidl to buy alcohol, in multiple cases, which you load into your Dacia.
 

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LE
It's apparently table service only; no queing at or propping up the bar (that's my local's resident obnoxious irritating barfly screwed, then) due to the new 1m rule.

The 1m rule only applies if everyone is masked up and "other measures" (disposable latex gloves or hand sanitizing regime, presumably), else it's 2m.

So, all sat around a table, a metre apart, trying to have a pint and a meal through a mask...

Could make for some entertaining clips appearing on the internet, then!
Behold the majesty of the guidance:


A mere 43 pages.

See if you can spot anything which might stop anybody with a real business to run from actually opening on 4 July.

Apart from the Mandatory Risk Assessment of course

And the need to captue and keep customer data for 21 days whilst not falling into a GDPR black hole because

"We will work with industry and relevant bodies to design this system in line with data protection legislation, and set out details shortly"
 
Behold the majesty of the guidance:


A mere 43 pages.

See if you can spot anything which might stop anybody with a real business to run from actually opening on 4 July.

Apart from the Mandatory Risk Assessment of course

And the need to captue and keep customer data for 21 days whilst not falling into a GDPR black hole because

"We will work with industry and relevant bodies to design this system in line with data protection legislation, and set out details shortly"
An historical aspect of English pub culture I'd never really thought about previously. Apparently, gin is to blame.

'Standing at the bar is one of the most cherished rituals of the British pub experience – and many people are worried that the new rules could be the beginning of the end of a tradition that dates back centuries. Except, it doesn’t – the bar as we now know it is of relatively recent vintage and, in many respects, the new regulations are returning us to the practices of a much earlier era.

'Before the 19th century, propping up the bar would have been an unfamiliar concept in England’s dense network of alehouses, taverns and inns. Alehouses and taverns in particular were seldom purpose-built, but were instead ordinary dwelling houses made over for commercial hospitality. Only their pictorial signboards and a few items of additional furniture distinguished them from surrounding houses. In particular, there was no bar in the modern sense of a fixed counter over which alcohol could be purchased and served.

'Instead, beverages were ferried directly to seated customers from barrels and bottles in cellars and store rooms by the host and, in larger establishments, drawers, pot-boys, tapsters and waiters. The layout of Margaret Bowker’s large Manchester alehouse in 1641 is typical: chairs, stools and tables were distributed across the hall, parlours, and chambers, while drink was stored in “hogsheads”, “barrels”, and “rundlets” in her cellar.

'The bar as we know it didn’t emerge organically from these arrangements, but rather from the introduction of a new commodity in the 18th century: gin. Originally it was imported from the Netherlands and distilled in large quantities domestically from the later decades of the 17th century, but the emergence of a mass market for gin in the 1700s gave rise to the specialised gin or dram shop. Found mainly in London – especially in districts such as the East End and south of the river – an innovation of these establishments was a large counter that traversed their width.'


 
Haircuts are going to be more expensive. The mrs has just managed to get a booking and been informed prices have gone up by 20% as a result of Covid. Cant see them being dropped by 20% once they have gone up..................

I suspect we are going to see a lot of things increase in price as a result of business seeing volumes drop. I can see a few unemployed hair dressers as well as with reduced capacity, they wont be able to keep the staff on
 
Haircuts are going to be more expensive. The mrs has just managed to get a booking and been informed prices have gone up by 20% as a result of Covid. Cant see them being dropped by 20% once they have gone up..................

I suspect we are going to see a lot of things increase in price as a result of business seeing volumes drop. I can see a few unemployed hair dressers as well as with reduced capacity, they wont be able to keep the staff on
I wouldn't be surprised to see quite a few barbers shut. If people have bought a pair of clippers and can give themselves a reasonable trim I can't see many going back to handing over 10-15 quid for the privilege of a stranger doing it for them.

There'll be a couple of trendy ones for younger blokes but I reckon the traditional ones are going to struggle.
 
A couple in the town I live in have signs up saying they have had to close due to Covid-19 but unfortunately will not be reopening afterwards for financial reasons.

The only places on town that have done well are the ones that deliver food such as kebabs and burgers etc. As they have worked right through the lockdown. A couple of fish and chip shops have reopened but are pre order only as is the local Chinese.
 

ABNredleg

War Hero
I wouldn't be surprised to see quite a few barbers shut. If people have bought a pair of clippers and can give themselves a reasonable trim I can't see many going back to handing over 10-15 quid for the privilege of a stranger doing it for them.

There'll be a couple of trendy ones for younger blokes but I reckon the traditional ones are going to struggle.
My wife has been cutting my hair and is doing a good job - I see no reason to go back to the barber when this all blows over.
 
My wife has been cutting my hair and is doing a good job - I see no reason to go back to the barber when this all blows over.
I got fed up years ago, with making an appointment, driving there, hanging around, driving home........ waste of a morning.

I'm happy enough with a no. 3 all over, my wife can do a decent job in 15 minutes, including ears and eyebrows....... never would go back now.
 
I cant see how the top end hotels and spas are going to survive either. My mrs' brother pinged her and as none of us are going on holiday, asked if wanted to go to Lucknam Park for 4 days for the price of 3. A bargain at 3k for bed and breakfast. The mrs' get enthusiastic and says 'can we please as we arent going on holiday?' so I tell her to get on line and find out what is actually open.

Swimming pool - closed.
Saunas and health centre - closed.
Rooms - not cleaned or beds made during your stay.
Restaurant - social distancing regs in play
Bar - closed

We arent going.....
 

Wordsmith

LE
Book Reviewer
There are large changes inbound.

A lot of companies got hacked as a result of having to shift to homeworking, but that aside a lot of companies also found they could work from home (after they'd secured their VPN properly).

The company I work for had (fortunately) put in lots of software such as Yammer and Microsoft Teams, plus rapidly put in a larger and very secure VPN in advance of the lock down. And - as a service company - we've been able to function very effectively remotely.

On a personal level, I used to go into the office every day (my decision as i'm allowed to work remotely). That was because I liked the chance to learn from the more technical people in the office. I don't want to entirely lose that, but I'll probably just go into the office one day a week when the lock down formally ends and work 4 days a week from home.

That appears to be a company wide attitude and moves are in hand to close or downsize our UK offices. I suspect many other companies are going to take the same tack - so there's also going to be a lot of empty office space around.

There will be other unexpected knock on effects as well. Only driving into the office 1 day a week will save me about £1K in petrol annual - so expect a big and permanent drop in petrol/diesel sales post Covid 19.

Physical shopping in the big retail parks is going to take a hit - which will only be partially compensated for by people making more use of local shops.

Etc, etc.

The times, they are a-changing....

Wordsmith
 
I cant see how the top end hotels and spas are going to survive either. My mrs' brother pinged her and as none of us are going on holiday, asked if wanted to go to Lucknam Park for 4 days for the price of 3. A bargain at 3k for bed and breakfast. The mrs' get enthusiastic and says 'can we please as we arent going on holiday?' so I tell her to get on line and find out what is actually open.

Swimming pool - closed.
Saunas and health centre - closed.
Rooms - not cleaned or beds made during your stay.
Restaurant - social distancing regs in play
Bar - closed

We arent going.....
They will probably survive as foreign holidays and budget airlines won't survive a very depleted disrupted summer season and UK/Staycations will be the way forward for a year or two - being able to drive home to safe isolate/quarantine has its perks

However, if you thought Cornwall was expensive before.....
 
It's apparently table service only; no queing at or propping up the bar (that's my local's resident obnoxious irritating barfly screwed, then) due to the new 1m rule.

The 1m rule only applies if everyone is masked up and "other measures" (disposable latex gloves or hand sanitizing regime, presumably), else it's 2m.

So, all sat around a table, a metre apart, trying to have a pint and a meal through a mask...

Could make for some entertaining clips appearing on the internet, then!
So everyone wear a gimp suit down their local pub and you're down to the 1m rule
 

NSP

LE
So everyone wear a gimp suit down their local pub and you're down to the 1m rule
With the added bonus of being wipe-clean.
 

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