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Old Mar 25th 2020, 5:40 pm
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Is anyone else's lockdown almost useless because there are so many exceptions?

Almost everyone I know outside of retail store employees are still at work.
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Old Mar 25th 2020, 5:46 pm
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Is anyone else's lockdown almost useless because there are so many exceptions?

Almost everyone I know outside of retail store employees are still at work.
I work for a landscaper, and for whatever reason we are deemed essential, so I'm at work. Even on a normal day I'm pretty isolated here anyway, being in my own office and most of my interactions being done via emails or phonecalls, so I don't really have to change much from my normal routine. I can't really effectively work from home because we aren't properly paperless and since I don't want to be homeless, I have to keep coming in until we're notified otherwise by any change in the governer's shelter in place.

Other than work, I never really go out much anyway if it can be avoided, except to the shops, so again, I don't have to change much there.
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I guess it depends where you are.

Here (UK - not major city) life has virtually come to a halt apart from legit key workers and the odd idiots blatantly flouting the rules.

We live near a commuter railway station with a massive car park - usually pretty full all day - now practically empty.

So yes - here it is working.

However I understand that the underground in London is crowded.

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Is anyone else's lockdown almost useless because there are so many exceptions?

Almost everyone I know outside of retail store employees are still at work.
Arizona seems to be taking it pretty casually. My 'pest control' guy came by this morning to spray, although he won't come inside - only doing the outsides now (since we have scorpions around here, I'm not complaining). My Home Depot is, apparently, still open though I haven't been there. I am considering doing some home improvement projects to keep me sane, but I won't go inside any store that has any sort of crowd. California Bay Area (where my g/f is currently) seems to be taking it more seriously but I don't have a lot of insight. Hoping to get more first hand info from friends there soon.

ETA: Governor in AZ has declined to issue 'shelter in place'.

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Old Mar 25th 2020, 6:19 pm
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I work for a landscaper, and for whatever reason we are deemed essential, so I'm at work. Even on a normal day I'm pretty isolated here anyway, being in my own office and most of my interactions being done via emails or phonecalls, so I don't really have to change much from my normal routine. I can't really effectively work from home because we aren't properly paperless and since I don't want to be homeless, I have to keep coming in until we're notified otherwise by any change in the governer's shelter in place.

Other than work, I never really go out much anyway if it can be avoided, except to the shops, so again, I don't have to change much there.
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Originally Posted by jimenato View Post
I guess it depends where you are.

Here (UK - not major city) life has virtually come to a halt apart from legit key workers and the odd idiots blatantly flouting the rules.

We live near a commuter railway station with a massive car park - usually pretty full all day - now practically empty.

So yes - here it is working.

However I understand that the underground in London is crowded.
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Arizona seems to be taking it pretty casually. My 'pest control' guy came by this morning to spray, although he won't come inside - only doing the outsides now (since we have scorpions around here, I'm not complaining). My Home Depot is, apparently, still open though I haven't been there. I am considering doing some home improvement projects to keep me sane, but I won't go inside any store that has any sort of crowd. California Bay Area (where my g/f is currently) seems to be taking it more seriously but I don't have a lot of insight. Hoping to get more first hand info from friends there soon.

ETA: Governor in AZ has declined to issue 'shelter in place'.
FL's Governor did the same. Our city and country mayor's are arguing about what to do.

Apparently the exceptions list is based on DHS guidelines which are quite broad including not only essential services but also anyone linked to them in the supply chain.


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Landscapers keep the cogs of industry turning!
Well, for whatever reason, here we are. If I do get it infected, my understanding is that the company is going to extend sick leave to account for that. After I die, it'll be their problem anyway
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Well, for whatever reason, here we are. If I do get it infected, my understanding is that the company is going to extend sick leave to account for that. After I die, it'll be their problem anyway
Well my landscapers just turned up
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I saw that the specific exceptions to the lock-down of Miami announced today includes "pool service".
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I saw that the specific exceptions to the lock-down of Miami announced today includes "pool service".
On my new daily hike around my neighborhood (in AZ, where pools are likely as ubiquitous as in FL), I noticed that everyone's pool gear was still running, and I wondered about this issue. Pools are, as far as I can discern, potential chemical disaster areas if not maintained properly, so maybe it's not a bad thing. Pool service is a rather solitary profession, no need to enter the home, etc. The only issue I can imagine is, supplies - they need to receive them/handle them back at some central base, but I can imagine that could be done with some care.

PS I don't have a pool
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Most places that don't need to be open seem to have closed, other businesses have been ordered to close, and now fines will start occurring for those who don't listen, business face up to 50,000 if they are open and not considered essential.

All food places are take out only, those that can't do take out only model have closed, its really just grocery stores that seem to have any business these days, transit buses are empty.

People seem to have clued in a bit this week, needed to go to the doctor this morning at what would normally be rush hour, not a soul out and about, only say 2 cars, its was kind of creepy.

Really the biggest risk going out is when its time to get food, the grocery stores have lines to get in, partially because they are limiting how many can be inside the store at one time. But grocery stores are the only businesses really attracting crowds.

Online ordering has proven unable to keep up with demand and isn't a viable solution for most.



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On my new daily hike around my neighborhood (in AZ, where pools are likely as ubiquitous as in FL), I noticed that everyone's pool gear was still running, and I wondered about this issue. Pools are, as far as I can discern, potential chemical disaster areas if not maintained properly, so maybe it's not a bad thing. Pool service is a rather solitary profession, no need to enter the home, etc. The only issue I can imagine is, supplies - they need to receive them/handle them back at some central base, but I can imagine that could be done with some care.

PS I don't have a pool
I agree re the need to keep pools maintained, but if I had a pool (I don't), under the current circumstances, I wouldn't want a potential vector visiting my homes a 2-3 times a week - I would prefer to take of it myself.
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Originally Posted by anotherlimey View Post
Well my landscapers just turned up
It's the guys in the field I'm worried about, I hope they don't catch something while they're going from site to site.

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I saw that the specific exceptions to the lock-down of Miami announced today includes "pool service".
Insert joke about pool boys and social distancing.
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing View Post
It's the guys in the field I'm worried about, I hope they don't catch something while they're going from site to site.

Insert joke about pool boys and social distancing.
And spreading of a virus.
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I saw that the specific exceptions to the lock-down of Miami announced today includes "pool service".
If you have kids forced to stay at home but not be able to use the pool it would be very annoying.
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