Coronavirus = empty roads

Coronavirus = empty roads

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Alextodrive

242 posts

28 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Tabs said:
Just seen the request for NHS volunteers. Although recently retired I still have a valid enhanced DBS certificate. Just got over the lurgy that has the similar symptoms of the virus, so don't know whether I've had it or not. I'm prepared to help, but only if I can be tested to see if I've had it. Note it says social distancing applies and you can have time off if you have symptoms! Anyone know if they test?
Anti-body testing kits have been ordered but from what I read, and what I’d imagine to be the case, they will go to key workers first.

I’d like to think volunteers would come somewhere down the pecking order between key workers and the general public.

But implementing that could prove challenging. Given how vast swathes of the general public have been behaving up to now, it’s not inconceivable people would sign up to be a volunteer just to get a test and then offer no help.

There’s also evidence coming from Iceland, where they have intense mass population testing in place, that they’ve found mutations of the virus and even someone who caught two different strains at the same time.

I suspect the view to take right now, is volunteer for any public facing role if you are prepared to take the risk of catching the virus, potentially even again.

And if you’re not, then offer yourself in a non public facing role.

Riley Blue

16,395 posts

179 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Tabs said:
Just seen the request for NHS volunteers. Although recently retired I still have a valid enhanced DBS certificate. Just got over the lurgy that has the similar symptoms of the virus, so don't know whether I've had it or not. I'm prepared to help, but only if I can be tested to see if I've had it. Note it says social distancing applies and you can have time off if you have symptoms! Anyone know if they test?
You can help in various ways including phoning vulnerable people to check if they're OK. This is done from your own home so testing won't be necessary.

psi310398

6,413 posts

156 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Riley Blue said:
You can help in various ways including phoning vulnerable people to check if they're OK. This is done from your own home so testing won't be necessary.
^. This.

I have a current enhanced DBS certificate and full availability but as I had to leave my cars in Italy I apparently cannot perform the trickier tasks as I have no transport of my own available. So I've signed up for the phoning option.

I'm sure it could be sorted but they will have the devil's own job just getting a quarter of million volunteers onboard so it is not worth raising the issue at the moment

Welshbeef

40,206 posts

151 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Dog Star said:
It gets worse in my case.

In the UK in my team - there is me and one other guy, and the rest of the team are all in Gibraltar.
The other guy in the UK lives ten minutes from the office, yet he is allowed to work from home every day, all year.

We do the same job. I have an hour and a half drive each way. I have to be in the office. I really don't have anything to do whatsoever with the office in the UK aside from exchanging pleasantries with them, I don't work with them.

All my interactions with the rest of the team - and the other guy sat at home a few miles away - is done by Bluejeans and Slack. This works fine. When I am WFH I communicate with the team by Bluejeans and Slack. There is NO DIFFERENCE (although at home my cat sits next to me on his own office chair).

I have taken to simply not going into the office and not mentioning it - nobody cares or has noticed. If I'm having a call with any management outside my immediate small team I leave the camera off.

I know that the manager a couple of levels up isn't too chuffed about my oppo doing WFH all the time, but he can't really rescind it. He's gone so far as to call me and ask if it causes a problem for me. Why he doesn't like it is a mystery to me - he's 1500 miles away and doesn't know where we are. It's presenteeism, pure and simple.

It's a farcical situation - I'm meant to spend 3 hours a day driving, spend a fortune on fuel and parking, get up at 5.45 in the morning etc all so I can go and sit on my own in a big open plan office listening to music with my headphones on instead of sitting at home (in a proper office, I might add) with the exact same setup (same 3 monitors, same keyboard, mouse and dock, same camera etc) listening to music with my headphones. What an absolute joke.

I'll keep on doing this until someone actually notices - they'll either do nothing or make me do the 3 hours commuting, in which case I'm off. Life's too short for this kind of tosh.

The government really needs to incentivise WFH; why spend billions on green eco policies, upgrading roads and so on, when you can probably reduce peak road use by about 15% or so by getting people off the roads who don't need to be there. That way the "bums on seats" bellend companies can actually pay for their practices.

(on this same topic - my car is on 15000 miles a year which I'd normally use up. My year runs to 8th December - so I'm 4 months past that and just hit 14000. It won't be much more by autumn with this virus business).
It’s trust and also possibly individuals from a different generation.

Previously when I’ve been WFH my FIL oh yea WFH a wink etc. It’s that sort of thing the underlying view your not doing anything.

sharepointalex

120 posts

60 months

Wednesday 25th March
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wazztie16 said:
Look at volunteering to help the nhs? They need 250000 people, and there's driving roles using a car. I've just signed up, you can toggle your availability on the app.

Ferrying people to and from appointments and collection of things for people self isolating etc.

https://www.goodsamapp.org/nhs
Brill thanks! Have just signed up :-)

Interestingly found this article on Sky last night - https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-can-i-walk-...

Michael Gove saying that you are unlikely to be stopped just for going out for a drive. That being said I believe some cars were being stopped in Nottingham.

I'm using my one form of exercise or any shopping so far for a drive and venturing further out for the exercise where there are less people. Also read somewhere else this is ok, it's all about using common sense basically.

Limpet

3,795 posts

114 months

Wednesday 25th March
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sharepointalex said:
I'm using my one form of exercise or any shopping so far for a drive and venturing further out for the exercise where there are less people. Also read somewhere else this is ok, it's all about using common sense basically.
Haven't been for a drive yet, but we're using our exercise slot by doing a long walk with the dogs at 9:00 in the evening. Togged up, headtorches on, and out as a family for 3-4 miles through the woods and over a nearby country park and disused airfield. Even at that time of evening, it's normal to come across other dog walkers or the odd runner, but we haven't come across another soul all week. And my 13 year old daughter pointed out yesterday that even the usual constant background traffic hum of the nearby motorway and major trunk road is notable by its absence. It really is like we have the world to ourselves.


thedugmaster

1,111 posts

112 months

Wednesday 25th March
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LeoSayer said:
Is anyone intending to SORN their cars before the end of the month?
Yes me. My MOT is due in May and if things stay as they are I'll be SORN'ing it and leaving it on the drive. We'll revert to the missus' little Nissan if we need to do any essential travel.

thedugmaster

1,111 posts

112 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Zoobeef said:
sheepman said:
i've been driving a lorry for Tesco today and the roads are much much quieter. I must have seen 10-15 cars pulling caravans and motorhomes though which I thought was strange.
s following the rules and not leaving their houses.
They might be trying to get home from outside the UK based on the latest advice about returning home now - have you thought of that?

I know of long-term campervanners that are desperately trying to find places to stay safe on the continent right now, which is difficult because all of the Aires and sites have shutdown, while others are trying to get home somehow.

95JO

1,683 posts

39 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Michael Gove said:
Can I go for a drive to blow the cobwebs away?

"It is unlikely anybody will be pulled over by the police just for driving," Mr Gove said.
Thanks for clearing that up Michael beer

Chubbyross

645 posts

38 months

Wednesday 25th March
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95JO said:
Michael Gove said:
Can I go for a drive to blow the cobwebs away?

"It is unlikely anybody will be pulled over by the police just for driving," Mr Gove said.
Thanks for clearing that up Michael beer
It does send out rather a mixed message though. Going out for a spirited drive isn’t what I interpret to be essential, as much as I’d love to stretch the legs of my car in this wonderful weather.

95JO

1,683 posts

39 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Chubbyross said:
95JO said:
Michael Gove said:
Can I go for a drive to blow the cobwebs away?

"It is unlikely anybody will be pulled over by the police just for driving," Mr Gove said.
Thanks for clearing that up Michael beer
It does send out rather a mixed message though. Going out for a spirited drive isn’t what I interpret to be essential, as much as I’d love to stretch the legs of my car in this wonderful weather.
I agree, as much as I wish I could use that as justification to go for my usual spirited drives around the Welsh countryside, I'm not going to.

I'll be staying local and just extending any of the necessary driving (supermarket and dropping food off for elderly relatives).

Kev_Mk3

1,773 posts

48 months

Wednesday 25th March
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We have road blocks near me asking why we are out and where we are going.

sharepointalex

120 posts

60 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Agree it's sending out mixed messages so I'll just stick to shopping or exercising (and taking a longer route there) to get a short driving fix rather than a trip to stretch the cars legs with no destination in mind...

sharepointalex

120 posts

60 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Kev_Mk3 said:
We have road blocks near me asking why we are out and where we are going.
Whereabouts is this? Have you been stopped? How much did they challenge you? Also in pics I've seen the police are not standing 2 metres away from the car window either...

95JO

1,683 posts

39 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Kev_Mk3 said:
We have road blocks near me asking why we are out and where we are going.
Really? Whereabouts in Cheshire is this? I'm in Warrington/Widnes border and I've seen nothing...

Zoobeef

4,711 posts

111 months

Wednesday 25th March
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thedugmaster said:
Zoobeef said:
sheepman said:
i've been driving a lorry for Tesco today and the roads are much much quieter. I must have seen 10-15 cars pulling caravans and motorhomes though which I thought was strange.
s following the rules and not leaving their houses.
They might be trying to get home from outside the UK based on the latest advice about returning home now - have you thought of that?

I know of long-term campervanners that are desperately trying to find places to stay safe on the continent right now, which is difficult because all of the Aires and sites have shutdown, while others are trying to get home somehow.
It looks like see you next Tuesdays. But I actually wrote 3.14keys.

Kev_Mk3

1,773 posts

48 months

Wednesday 25th March
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sharepointalex said:
Kev_Mk3 said:
We have road blocks near me asking why we are out and where we are going.
Whereabouts is this? Have you been stopped? How much did they challenge you? Also in pics I've seen the police are not standing 2 metres away from the car window either...
a41 on the Wirral. Didnt get stop me BUT if they did I have a letter to advise where I work and where I am going - thats the only time I'm going out.

95JO said:
Kev_Mk3 said:
We have road blocks near me asking why we are out and where we are going.
Really? Whereabouts in Cheshire is this? I'm in Warrington/Widnes border and I've seen nothing...
A41 near Eastham

V8fan

3,329 posts

221 months

Wednesday 25th March
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thedugmaster said:
Yes me. My MOT is due in May and if things stay as they are I'll be SORN'ing it and leaving it on the drive. We'll revert to the missus' little Nissan if we need to do any essential travel.
6 month extension granted to all vehicles. Comes in on 30th March for 12 months.
Mine was done in Feb so I've basically got 17 months MoT. smile

Superleg48

912 posts

86 months

Wednesday 25th March
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V8fan said:
6 month extension granted to all vehicles. Comes in on 30th March for 12 months.
Mine was done in Feb so I've basically got 17 months MoT. smile
No you don’t. The extension only applies to cars with an MOT due from March 30th not those that have already had a test recently. Your car will still need to be MOT’d in Feb next year, assuming society has resumed some semblance of reasonableness.

Yodafone

343 posts

158 months

Wednesday 25th March
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I think this confirms that we can't go for a drive frown

https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2020-03-25/north-wa...