I went out to the shops yesterday.
Being a good little citizen, I wore my snood around my neck. It half throttles me but we must all suffer for the common good?
My main reason for the trip was that I wanted some cash in case of emergencies. Getting cash isn’ t too easy as they shut down the ATM in the village a while ago. So I headed up to the nearest shop that has one, parked outside and pulled my snood up over my face. I sat into the car as I adjusted to the new levels of carbon dioxide and while my glasses stopped misting up. I then rushed into the shop, made a beeline for the ATM, made my withdrawal and rushed out again, hopefully leaving the shop with the thought they had just been robbed.
Apparently if I am caught without a face covering I’m now liable for an on the spot fine of €80. The fact that my covering is about as useful as sticking a feather up my arse is irrelevant.
They are currently deciding just how we will be “allowed” to spend the festive season. It’s all rumours and conjecture at the moment but it seems we will be allowed just two other households to visit at a time. This is a grand excuse not to invite those relatives we would rather avoid but beyond that I can’t really see the point.
They have yet to decide if and when shops can open. Has it occurred to them that squeezing shopping days into a smaller and smaller time is going to cause chaos and packed shops? The streets and shops will be jammed so you can kiss your “social distancing”. I predict fun and games.
I have also seen a suggestion that visitors bring their own dinnerware. What exactly does this entail? Bring their own cutlery? Plates and glasses? Mugs? Food? Do they have to do their own washing up after?
As for the suggestion that we “stick grandpa by the window and have a good breeze blowing through”… Well, the good professor can wrap that little idea in barbed wire and stuff it up his hole.