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I don't mind masks being made compulsory in extreme busy environments but it's a ball ache if you just want to nip in a shop but you've left it in the car or at home lol and when you had to wear them in pubs..

Encouraged where necessary but not so much that you feel like criminal if you've accidentally forgot.

 

If mask wearing is the only thing we need to worry about, I'll take that. 

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1 hour ago, Stevosevic said:

Anyone else really struggling already?

 

Recently going through a break up and living on my own - I'm finding it tough to concentrate on work with the overwhelming uncertainty.

I’m also at my lowest ebb, couldn’t wait to get out of 2020 but 2021 has started worse. Like you I live on my own and completely rely on my bubble.

Its having nothing to particularly look forward to I’m finding the hardest to cope with. January and February are the bleakest months, I really hope spring cheers things up.

 

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Just now, Mark 'expert' Lawrenson said:

I’m also at my lowest ebb, couldn’t wait to get out of 2020 but 2021 has started worse. Like you I live on my own and completely rely on my bubble.

Its having nothing to particularly look forward to I’m finding the hardest to cope with. January and February are the bleakest months, I really hope spring cheers things up.

 

Same. 2021 has been a shocking start for me.

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2 minutes ago, Mark 'expert' Lawrenson said:

I’m also at my lowest ebb, couldn’t wait to get out of 2020 but 2021 has started worse. Like you I live on my own and completely rely on my bubble.

Its having nothing to particularly look forward to I’m finding the hardest to cope with. January and February are the bleakest months, I really hope spring cheers things up.

 

Exactly  this..rightly or wrongly, I totally rely on things to look forward to to keep my afloat / sane / happy. 

 

I am basically totally reliant on football now for any natural.highs, which tbh, i find a bit troubling 

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36 minutes ago, ealingfox said:

 

Maybe Labour didn't deserve dogs abuse for proposing nationwide public investment in internet infrastructure and the railways after all.

Do you really think that would have happened? Every home in England having internet access, even those remote single farms in mountainous areas?

It was just a weak attempt at a vote catcher

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Does anyone expect normality, as it was before, again? I just want to safely meet up with people and socialise again. If I have to wear a mask then so be it.

 

I think people will put up with smaller restrictions or practices if it enables bigger things.

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25 minutes ago, RowlattsFox said:

I don't mind masks being made compulsory in extreme busy environments but it's a ball ache if you just want to nip in a shop but you've left it in the car or at home lol and when you had to wear them in pubs..

Encouraged where necessary but not so much that you feel like criminal if you've accidentally forgot.

 

If mask wearing is the only thing we need to worry about, I'll take that. 

Roll neck jumpers are a god send for that. If you've forgotten and just need to nip in, roll up past the nose.

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6 minutes ago, Paninistickers said:

I am basically totally reliant on football now for any natural.highs, which tbh, i find a bit troubling 

Imagine being a Forest fan.

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Just now, Corky said:

Does anyone expect normality, as it was before, again? I just want to safely meet up with people and socialise again. If I have to wear a mask then so be it.

 

I think people will put up with smaller restrictions or practices if it enables bigger things.

I think for the first year of 'normality' you'll get some uncertainty and mask wearing and over time it'll get back to normal as we knew it.

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Just now, Corky said:

Does anyone expect normality, as it was before, again? I just want to safely meet up with people and socialise again. If I have to wear a mask then so be it.

 

I think people will put up with smaller restrictions or practices if it enables bigger things.

Maybe in ten years. The first thing I think of now when I see old photos is everyone being close together. It's almost instinctive now. I think it'll take a long time for that impulse to wear off. 

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Just now, bovril said:

Maybe in ten years. The first thing I think of now when I see old photos is everyone being close together. It's almost instinctive now. I think it'll take a long time for that impulse to wear off. 

Disagree. I've seen plenty of Instagram stories of people close together recently, and that's in tier 4!

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Just now, Nod.E said:

Disagree. I've seen plenty of Instagram stories of people close together recently, and that's in tier 4!

There have been a few studies showing that people socially distance less with people they know. I certainly do. But in terms of walking down streets, getting parcels at the front door, basically coming into contact with people you don't know, I think it'll take a long time for people to get back to pre-social distancing days.

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30 minutes ago, Paninistickers said:

I don't  mind temporarily wearing it in a shop. It's a sign of manners. I don't for one minute feel it has any obvious health benefit. Just a temporary social requirement.

 

The minute you don't have to wear one, I'll ditch it. I think you'd have to be doollally to want to wear one when unnecessary. 

Of course, I won't wear it constantly. Just if I feel it's needed from personal choice and it's appropriate. 

 

I think the health benefit would be not passing on any germs at all to anyone... 

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1 minute ago, bovril said:

There have been a few studies showing that people socially distance less with people they know. I certainly do. But in terms of walking down streets, getting parcels at the front door, basically coming into contact with people you don't know, I think it'll take a long time for people to get back to pre-social distancing days.

Meh. Personally I've never shagged the delivery driver on arrival anyway. Barely a dent on normality that is it?

 

Night clubs will heave, surely. People are gagging for normality.

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8 minutes ago, bovril said:

There have been a few studies showing that people socially distance less with people they know. I certainly do. But in terms of walking down streets, getting parcels at the front door, basically coming into contact with people you don't know, I think it'll take a long time for people to get back to pre-social distancing days.

Disagree

Give it three months and people will be back to their normal habits. It’ll slowly creep back

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3 minutes ago, Nod.E said:

Meh. Personally I've never shagged the delivery driver on arrival anyway. Barely a dent on normality that is it?

 

Night clubs will heave, surely. People are gagging for normality.

 

Just now, Col city fan said:

Disagree

Give it three months and people will be back to their normal habits. It’ll slowly creep back

Fair enough. I live in East Anglia where people rarely come within two metres of each other anyway. 

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18 minutes ago, Paninistickers said:

 

I am basically totally reliant on football now for any natural.highs, which tbh, i find a bit troubling 

Yes, but watching football played in empty stadiums sat at home via tv is just not the same compared to when crowds are there. The emotion is missing - watching tributes of Gerry Marsden with Liverpool supporters singing You'll Never Walk Alone, emphasised that point to me. Any sporting event is better when there are spectators, and unfortunately, it seems a distant memory for UK events.

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39 minutes ago, whoareyaaa said:

I can't believe people would be happy to walk around in a mask all the time in the future, you're having a laugh.

Amazing that it has come to this.

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Sorry if it's been discussed already but just saw that a report has stated the November lockdown was ineffective due to it being leaked early. Journalists need to be held to account for the people who die due to them wanting to be the first to run a story. They should be working in the public interest, not against it.

 

(Not aimed at all journalists obviously)

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21 minutes ago, bovril said:

Maybe in ten years. The first thing I think of now when I see old photos is everyone being close together. It's almost instinctive now. I think it'll take a long time for that impulse to wear off. 

 

I just watched an old episode of House of Games on Dave, first thought when I saw it was how strange it looked them all sitting so close. Was bizarre.

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I think another reason we are unlikely we'll see total normality again is because of how people are counting every death from covid. We could have a full crowd in a stadium in August, see 10 deaths 2 weeks later in the same area and people will be putting pressure on the government to close stadiums again. 

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