The Bower & Collier Family History

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Debate 12B. During the lockdown, many activities/behaviour have stopped or been severely curtailed:

A. Foreign Travel including cruises
B. Sport
C. GP/Hospital attendance for non-coronavirus reasons
D. Eating out
E. Meeting friends and family
F. Use of public transport

12B. Which of these changes on the list, plus any you would add, do you think will return to "normal" levels after the lockdown?

Please let me have your answers by Friday following which I will add them to my website and circulate summaries of your feedback next Wednesday.

Answers

Whether actvities/behaviour will return to "normal"

Original List

A. Foreign Travel including cruises........Yes....1.
B. Sport................................................Yes.....2
C. GP/Hospital attendance for non-coronavirus reasons...........Yes.....3 (1 after vaccination)
D. Eating out..........................................Yes......3
E. Meeting friends and family...................Yes......5 (1 after vaccination)
F. Use of public transport........................Yes.......2 (1 after vaccination)

Additions

1. Visits to Dentist...................................Yes
Haircuts...................................................Yes
Shopping for Non--Essentials....................Yes though online shopping will stay at a high level

2. Community groups restarting will be dependant upon age and need............... Maybe September.

Holidays in some form in UK ..............by end July?

Dentists ...................need to be opened ASAP. Most urgent of all of these I think.

3. Public toilets...Yes ..but after vaccination
Overnight stays at address other than home.............Yes...but after vaccination
Car servicing...Yes...but after vaccination

4. Dentists...Yes... have remained open in Germany throughout and with sterile conditions it should be possible here.

Chiropodists and hairdressers...Yes... could work with PPE.

We need to return to some sort of "normal".

Comments/Views

1. It will take time for Spectator Sport to recover

2-3.Travel from and to this country should be curtailed. Surprised it took so long to announce quarantine at airports.

All the above A-F will return to normal on a phased staggered basis.

4. Sport without attendance looks to be happening quite soon.

Hospital admissions already started but will take a while for backlog to clear.

Thought they may have kept Nightingale Hospitals opened for coronavirus patients and enabled hospitals to return to a more normal routine.

Eating out could resume in July but in a very limited capacity.

Hopefully extension of meeting friends and family by mid-end June.

Use of public transport will be kept for essential use for some time due to need for social distancing.

5. None of the activities/behaviours listed will return to normal immediately after lockdown, until a vaccine has been found, as all health-conscious people will continue with social-distancing.

After everyone is vaccinated, items listed in 3 above, plus meeting friends and family, use of public transport and attendance at GP/hospitals will return to normal.

However, foreign travel, sport and eating out will take a number of years to return to normal, since they depend on the economic recovery of thousands of businesses.

6. Meeting friends and family will return to normal after the lockdown is eased.

7. Foreign travel may return slowly but cruises may not be popular.

Some sport may be difficult to bring back for a time

Most of the other activities could return but

people may be wary of eating out and using public transport.

8. All will be reintroduced on a phased / staggered basis

9. E

10. “ One day “ All of the things will become the new normal.

I don’t think life will become the same as it was for a long time unless a vaccine/cure is found.

It’s something unknown to us all and unprecedented .

Somethings will restart , probably in some areas quicker than in others.

Also will depend on age groups.

Judging by some of the photos online and in the paper some people think life is normal now!

11. In time all of them, especially  Pubs and restaurants.

Review of Week

There has been a lot written about the "new normal" that may be coming our way.

Our answers to the question have tended to reflect the uncertainty.

The Government are easing restrictions on a staggered basis but businesses may not have had enough time to plan.

We spotted a lot of businesses that had called it a day, when we walked down Lymington High Street.

Deserted cobbled street (normally bustling) down to the Quay (just the Postie if you look hard enough!) Friday 29 May 11.30 a.m.

I think that the majority of us felt that most activities/behaviour might return to normal but slowly. Perhaps the one activity, that we felt would return to normal, is meeting friends and family.

Overall the level of recovery was thought difficult to predict when there is still the risk of infection and need for social-distancing, which will limit recovery.

Colin Bower
29 May 2020

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