This is the first time I have noticed queues outside of the stores. Not sure how long this has been the norm but down the road the supermarkets had these lines, thankfully no more than four or five people.

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My mum messaged me from the family home up north, saying that the local Asda supermarket had a line that went all the way to Morrison’s (another UK supermarket chain). This would involve crossing a main road, so I wish I had a photo of this as it sounds pretty crazy. A queue that has a two meter rule will stretch a lot further than it usually would, especially if the number of people allowed in the store is limited.

My flatmate asked if I wanted to join her in having a walk today, as we are currently allowed out for one bit of exercise a day or to do a food shop (the latter to be done as infrequently as possible). Being in pairs with someone in your household is currently okay. We headed to the local park which wasn’t too busy, there was more than enough space for those exercising to keep a safe distance, so we did a walking lap. She needed to buy groceries on route back, a local organic shop was open and seemed fairly popular with five people waiting to go in. The sign said there was a ten person limit, although another sign read ‘one customer out one in…’ so it was a little unclear. I could see some in the queue scratching their heads as they reached the entrance. I stood on the other side of the road and waited as the path was a lot wider and less walked.

When the queue disappeared altogether I got a closer look. They have installed a hand wash outside that I haven’t seen elsewhere in London so far.

Maybe it is more common in your area? For me this is a first.

‘Foot operated’ message on the wall to help assist those in line, with a funny foot diagram to help even further.

The below shot was seen on the store window next door. The window can be seen behind the couple waiting in the first shot from this road. It looked closed, maybe this was stuck up before they had to shut completely. Maybe it is open certain days or for take-outs.

I prefer to see times like these as an opportunity. As much as it is a pain, an annoyance, and of course a danger, if we don’t take these moments and use them to our advantage, they can really take advantage of us.

It is an opportunity to share our stories of what life is currently like, an event that may not reoccur in our lifetime. The photos of the new restrictions and restricted freedoms. The signs telling us how to adjust to a new normal and what we are no longer allowed to do. The little things like an A4 piece of paper stuck in a window will be a big story to tell when we get out of this, looking back in years or decades to come.

Of course this differs depending on where we are. We are all going through the same thing, but with slight variations depending on where we call home. This is what is bringing us all together, we have an excuse for conversation again. Not just because we have the same story to relate to, but each of our stories has different chapters. Differing experiences and characters. And I will for sure be looking out for these stories online in the weeks to come.

 


 

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak I am somewhat limited as to what I can do in London, but I aim to post as much as I can during this time. I promise to have some great posts coming your way once this is all over as I continue to explore London.

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27 thoughts

  1. Foot operated hand washing station at a door….what a great idea!!!

    I have to say now, with still no confirmed cases here, I am so very glad to be in a small city, with a minimum 3 hour distance by car from anything larger. Following some rules for the time being is not a big deal, no matter the frustrations that go with it. We can’t do anything if we’re dead, so we must deal with it.

    A motto….

    Kwitchurrbitchin…..

    1. These new rules are just a small inconvenience compared to the repercussions if we don’t stick to them! Well said Pat. And hopefully your city can continue to avoid the virus 🙂

  2. Great post and lovely to see what’s going on in London. We lived there last year and are now in New York. I’m liking the hand washing operated by the foot pump! Stay safe and healthy! Katie

    1. Hello to you in New York Katie! I hope you are keeping well. Nice to hear you have lived in London, I hope you had a great time here. I love New York but haven’t been back for a while. Hopefully soon! 🙂

      1. Yes, I’m a Brit and in total spent about 14 years in London … great city but pretty expensive to buy somewhere there now! (Like Manhattan!). Have a happy day isolating in your home! 🙂

      2. I agree it is certainly expensive! But yes I couldn’t imagine NYC being much cheaper haha.

        I hope you have a good day too, enjoy it however you can 🙂

  3. Don’t have washing machines or sanitizes in the stores (in Chicago), but think they are a nice touch to remind people. Perhaps that should be installed throughout as (one of) a learning experience from this whole thing. Stay safe.

    1. I have been thinking of what could stay in place once this is all over, maybe as you say these foot pumps could be. And as this won’t be over anytime soon, Chicago and London could see other things brought in. Watch this space I guess!

  4. Quite long lines to get into supermarkets today up in Grimsby where I’m locked down with my folks… Lines marked out around the ship’s so people know how far to stay apart… Hand sanitizer and wipe stations for trolleys and the same inside for tills… Some supermarkets wouldn’t let two people to go in together, others would… Petrol prices are crazy low!!

    1. It is a great time for getting petrol! Haha. I would love a nice stroll down the water close to some ships (you are setting a lovely scene in my mind) especially as Spring is now here. I hope you and the family are keeping well in Grimsby 🙂

      1. We’re all well, thank you! Yes, once work hell has finished, I’ll get on my long walks and blog some pictures 🥰

    1. I am sorry to hear. But one day it will be over and you and your friends will be reunited again! I hope that day is soon. Thank you for the kind words, and I hope you are well too.

  5. If we don’t take advantage of it, it will take advantage of us – LOVE that concept. Thanks for sharing your wisdom! And the pictures!! It looks a lot different here in Iowa, USA. There’s not a lot “mandated” aside from business and school closure. Our grocery stores are packed, and it is evident in the numbers of cases rising. It looks like London is doing an incredible job of keeping you all safe! I wish that we had outdoor hand washing!!! 🙂

    1. I am glad you liked the words 🙂 thank you for sharing a little about what is happening in Iowa too, I have to say the UK wasn’t closing schools etc as fast as other European nations and we are going to struggle during this, but it is nice to see things like this sanitizer station being installed. I hope the US handles it as best as possible, and I hope to keep the posts coming.

      Thanks a bunch!

    1. Thank you for the comments Sumita, glad you liked the hand wash station! It doesn’t seem like many places have done it as a lot of people have commented saying they think its a good idea. I hope we see more of them!

  6. I’ve made a album in my Google Photos titled Covid-19 where I add all the pictures of the corona-changed surroundings. Signs in the shop windows also, as I commented on one of your previous posts (the one with the traffic cone, that I like taking pics of signs and warnings and all kinds of random things, that was me), I like those things anyway. I’ve always liked photographing not-aesthetically-pleasing places and pretending they’re setting of a dystopian story, well if it isn’t the ultimate “be careful what you wish for”, then I don’t know what is…

    1. Great idea Linda! I think it is very important to have the memories to look back on, and it sounds like you will be making a great folder full of fascinating photos. The current times will be perfect for anyone wanting to create eerie, doomsday scenes.

      Not that this makes the pandemic a good thing, but again we have to find ways to make the most out of what life throws at us!

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