Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Who Are These People?

I bought the local East Anglian Daily Times newspaper on Saturday. One of it's main headlines was..........


I can understand reporting gatherings of people but how do the neighbours know who is "leaving their home for reasons not among the exceptions".

Who sits at their window watching their neighbours going in and out? and wondering where they are going.

 more from inside the paper................


On the other hand why are they only fining people if the gathering is more than 15 people? How many bubbles have 15 people in them?

How many people are actually paying these fines, and if they do where's the money going?

 So many questions. 

Thankfully despite the illegal gatherings Covid cases per 100,000 are falling in all parts of Suffolk.......

The population of Suffolk is around 760,000.

I'm trying hard to keep hopeful.........it would be easy to despair.

Thanks to everyone for comments yesterday and it was fine and sunny here and in many other places for St Paul's Day, another reason to be cheerful?

Back Tomorrow
Sue

45 comments:

  1. There is really no one to contact here in the U.S. It is part of the reason we are in so much trouble with this virus. I have been rude people, telling them bluntly to put on their masks and to stay the six feet away from me. I have had people tell me they don't believe the science and my answer is "Fine, believe whatever you want as long as reality has you wearing a mask and staying away from me." I think people are becoming more vocal because we have come to realize the only reason we are still in the woods with this is because those around us aren't doing what they are supposed to do and we are all over it.

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    1. "The quicker I give all my rights away, the quicker I will get them all back," said the lock down proponent who never read one history book in their entire life.

      This Is the new normal, you were told that.
      'jane

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    2. I’m with you, Lisa, and I’m in the U.S., too. The defeated one did so much damage poo pooing the virus and mask wearing from the start. Remember when he wanted the churches full on Easter Sunday and that was way back on April 12, 2020. Sad that “‘Jane” feels the need to spread her black outlook here when I believe she has her own blog. Things are looking up. I received my first shot (jab) a week ago.

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  2. my neighbour has had her little book out everyday , sunday covid test , monday drop off car for mot , tuesday pick up car , wednesday hospital , thursday doctors , friday blood tests ...so far Saturday is my day off

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  3. I read an article the other day saying how social science experts think the British public are behaving themselves better than they expected them to.

    I've noticed neighbours coming and going over the months. It's always turned out they've had good reason to (elderly parents with dementia, etc) . It's human nature to wonder but when we've talked (over several metres!) we've realised we're all as worried and cautious as each other.

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  4. All numbers dropping here too. Papers love to big up a story.

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  5. My mad neighbour does not wear a mask and will tell anyone the virus is a hoax, she says it's the government weeds out the old and weak!!!!!
    Sadly she is not alone in her beliefs.

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  6. How do these people KNOW their neighbours are rule breaking? I think it's reasonable to contact the police if there are 40 people next door having a party - but to 'shop' your neighbour who you suspect of travelling somewhere for the wrong reasons seems mean. I feel very sorry for the police having to implement these complicated rules.

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  7. I reported my neighbours in December as they have floated the rules since the beginning, she is a teacher still going to work looking after children of people on the front line and he is delivering hire vehicles from one county to another, so both at greater risk than some. They would have several lots of visitors at weekends including sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren sometimes all together or sometimes separately throughout the day. Cars were all ways parked outside my property and even after they were given a warning by the police they had 2 lots of the family at the same time on Christmas Day. Veronica in Ipswich.

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    1. Forgot to say they know it was me who reported them.

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    2. your poor neighbours
      'jane

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    3. Good for you Vonnie, takes guts to do that

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    4. I have similar by me and have reported. We're in this mess because of people like them.

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    5. I would do exactly the same thing Vonnie!
      If people are going out - I would not report them as I have no way of knowing why and it might be for legitimate reasons. But people arriving next door to me and clearly violating the rules - and have done this all through lockdown - they will be reported.
      Don' pay any attention to Jane!

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    6. There are a few second homes around me. When London went into a higher tier before Xmas a couple decanted from London to occupy their holiday home, in violation of the regulations. They were reported to the police, the police visited and told them to get back to London.

      A celebrity actor couple live quite close to me. Their main residence is London. They were here in lockdown 1 but not now...probably more to do with the weather than the regulations.

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  8. The only to-ing and fro-ing I see is walking the dog (we have several doggy households in out cul de sac), going for walks, shopping, work, etc. I wouldn't dream of reporting my neighbours when I don't know that they are breaking any rules. Things are had enough right now without unnecessary and worrying visits from The Law.
    And I haven't seen any unknown visitors either (apart from delivery people). I guess it's not the cul de sac for rave-ups!
    xx

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  9. How sad that people are refusing to follow the rules, whether they agree with them or not. But I am glad that your numbers are dropping, and hope they continue to do so.

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  10. I despair, truly I do. Now, people driving considerable distances to experience the snow; weddings and funerals with over a hundred present; parties and social gatherings. Don't these idiots have any respect for those of us who have stayed home, self isolated, only gone out for essential messages since March?

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  11. Who sits and watches their neighbors? Well...the neighbor across the street has captured my heart because he and his wife take care of a stray cat. Sometimes I'm passing by the window and I see the new people with their children, and it is sweet to watch them. There is the lady who walks her little dogs and seems to otherwise be a shut in. I wave to her. Most of this was going on from the window above the desk where I was home schooling my grandson. I'll be missing all these little snippets of daily living now that I'm not hovering over his work table.

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  12. I'm glad your numbers are dropping, makes it all worth-while doesn't it? While there may be some spiteful people with an axe to grind I don't believe everything I read in newspapers nor do I believe in statistics.

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  13. We have about 30 bungalows in our close mostly elderly people so I dont see anyone except for people walking there dogs or delivery vans, my D. comes once a week, but today it's a red letter day for the gas man is coming to check the boiler.
    I have stopped going for a walk because I am worried that if I fall I could end up in hospital I know I could fall indoors or the garden but that is a chance I have to take. I have 2 siblings that walk long distances each day for pleasure I don't agree with them but I keep quiet I still think germs are about.
    Will the snow was nice but nearly all gone at least the children had a lot of fun fir a while.
    Back to my crocheting and looking out of the window.
    Hazel c uk ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ☃️☃️

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  14. It is gratifying that the numbers are coming down and the vaccines are being rolled out.

    There will always be people who think they know better than medically trained experts, don’t think the rules apply to them or, more worryingly, think this is all a conspiracy theory. (Sorry if that is considered be a “bitter diatribe”)

    Things seem brighter to me. The days are noticeably longer, snowdrops and aconites are temptingly appearing in the woods, and yesterday I saw a pair of ducks “preparing” ducklings.

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  15. My son in Gateshead e mailed me last night. His Indian next door neighbours had a house full of people (not for the first time). He was sorely tempted to phone the police. They'll be the first to shout about BAME being at more of a risk of the covid!

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  16. I love Traveller's comments above Sue - such a message of hope.

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  17. I don't need to watch who is going in my neighbours every day, I can see the 3 extra cars outside and all the doors slamming shut when they leave. They obeyed the rules first lockdown but not since.

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  18. I see all these articles in the paper but where we are in South Devon there doesn't seem to be any police presence. I see people where I live breaking the rules, having family in their home etc, but I wouldn't have the courage to report them

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  19. How do they know they are 'breaking the rules' though? Just assuming or stopping to ask details? Doesn't make sense, it's stupid and not news.

    Mind you, with less to do maybe people are watching others more for something to do!

    Glad our figures seems to be going down, let's hope things are starting to calm down a bit.

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  20. Like you, I just try to keep cheerful and keep on keeping on.
    I have no rule-breaking neighbours to 'spy' on but who knows what I would be like if I had!

    This pandemic is bringing out the best and the worst in people and nations.

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  21. My daughters (9 and 12) have 1 contact each, a friend that can come to our house to play. DD1 had to change her friend contact after the first one told us all the friends she had played with in the last week. So, sometimes it's not people who spy on their neighbours, but their children informing others. We didn't call the police, but did change who we let into our house.

    In The Netherlands they are now rioting against the curfew. How can you riot against a virus?

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  22. We look after ourselves, taking care. I've no idea what my neighbors are or aren't doing. My household has been working from home for more than 10 months. When we leave, we mask up. Sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer in each car. Washing hands frequently. Not touching our faces. Social distancing. One can only look after oneself and if you're doing that, then that's what matters. So very sad to read all of the comments here.

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  23. We have a policeman across the road with his young family - 3 aged under 2 (incl. twins). They seems to have two different support bubbles. They need them.

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  24. If I was aware of large groups of people gathering, I would report them. That sort of behaviour is so selfish and it rubs salt into the wounds of those who've lost loved ones to Covid. We're all sick of restrictions and lockdowns, but our only way out of this nightmare is to starve the virus of the contact it needs to spread and get vaccinated. xx

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  25. In Canada, I reported a large grocery store that was not abiding by the mandatory indoor mask wearing. They didn't even have signs saying you had to wear a mask. I called the regional Public health unit. The store likely was fined. They now have signs and tables with disposable masks if needed as well as all the staff are finally masked.

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    1. Good for you Marjorie. Was it part of a chain or an independent. Amazing that there were no signs saying a mask was needed.

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    2. It was an independent one.

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  26. Our police here in my province in Canada are actually getting tougher at enforcing the restrictions and handing out tickets. It seems like the anti-maskers and those who protest the restrictions or those who have large gatherings are becoming more likely to get tickets. I for one am very happy about that. I figure they are the ones spreading the virus around.

    God bless.

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    1. Absolutely. At least our annual cold weather period (-35 C or F) has shown up so it will stop maskless people carrying on close conversations in parking lots etc. People in our isolated area of Ontario seem to think if you know someone they can't have covid. I am working on designing a 4 ply face mask at the moment.

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  27. nothing to do with rule breakers, the great reset has started, cashless society and so on, we are never going back to normal

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    1. Pray what is this big reset of which you write?

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  28. GM and I are on the cusp of a relocation, we are expecting to exchange contracts at any moment. Any activities related to a house move are acceptable, and outside of UK restrictions. So we have made several trips to our target area with car loads of boxed possessions to store in a friend's garage and in one of our sons' garage - all following social distancing rules, of course, and just in case we get stopped, we carry our proof of sale document in the car. So far no-one has stopped us or asked any questions, although no doubt most of our neighbours probably think we are rule-breakers.

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  29. I have isolated since March. Here in U S I read blogs of those just going on. Not my concern actually but disheartening. Love your blog.

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  30. I'm glad the numbers are going down. I feel so sorry - and grateful - to all the workers who keep going. As you know Mum is in Ipswich hospital and the nurses are just so helpful - helping get Mum better and deal with communicating with us. I think if only people would do what they have to do it would all go a lot easier and hopefully things could get back to something 'normal'.

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  31. Our state put in a hotline for reporting neighbors, family members, and friends, yet they have no hotline for getting the vaccine, unemployment, etc. Sheesh! I thought it was just in the U.S. Sorry to see idiocy is international.

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