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The instructions are to stay at home except for three or four very specific exceptions.. . . I also fail to see how . . .
I feel it’s a common sense approach that’s needed and that putting to sea isn’t going to make a jot of difference to the Corona outcome. I can’t think of anywhere more isolated than the ocean. Unfortunately, there are those in our cities who struggle to maintain the necessary distances due to the proximities that city dwelling entails, ignorance or downright indifference, so any directive that’s put out by the government is aimed at them and the rest of the country is dragged into the melee and we take the advice at face value and comply. Overall if the whole country do this then the virus will be overcome more quickly.Are we allowed to go sailing? Latest steer is to avoid non-essential travel - including to holiday homes, caravans etc. Presume that includes boats. Don't quite get it - as I went up to the boat yesterday and stayed aboard - didn't come within 20m let alone 2m of anyone - ok I spoke to John at the marina at a distance - but well outside the required tolerances.
If we go sailing (if ever it gets warm enough) I can't see how we could break any of the social distancing rules - and I can't think of many other recreational pursuits that you can undertake with no danger of coming into close proximity to others.
Thought I saw you in an A12 lay-by earlier!I’m in my office, wearing a mask, just now, because the Minister for our sector likes teleconferences twice a week and my CEO wants me there with him as he isn’t British and needs help understanding our system.
I carry a letter saying that my travel is essential.
If the directive says that we cannot leave our houses except for specified reasons, then that is what we must do. There are enough people around already who fail to understand the nature of a crisis. I regret not being able to sail, or rather fit out my boat perhaps for the season, but all I have lost is a little recreation. I saw some girl on TV weeping because she couldn't continue her occupation, which she descibed as being that of a 'nail technician', as if this were something that we should regard as important. I would be happy if marginal occupations, such as small builders, were to continue to work, but we have no choice except to set an example, if only to put moral pressure on waverers to comply.I feel it’s a common sense approach that’s needed and that putting to sea isn’t going to make a jot of difference to the Corona outcome. I can’t think of anywhere more isolated than the ocean. Unfortunately, there are those in our cities who struggle to maintain the necessary distances due to the proximities that city dwelling entails, ignorance or downright indifference, so any directive that’s put out by the government is aimed at them and the rest of the country is dragged into the melee and we take the advice at face value and comply. Overall if the whole country do this then the virus will be overcome more quickly.
I despairUnfortunately a lot of yachting folk obviously think that they are exempt from the directives of the government. SWMBO walked down our lane to the postbox this afternoon, her only outing today, down by the river she saw a number of people working on boats, chatting to each other without keeping a proper distance and behaving as if nothing had changed. It is possible that one or two might have walked there from their homes , but likely most had driven there. No doubt they all think they are special and that their activity is essential. What part of STAY AT HOME do they not understand??
I think so far we've conducted this conversation without descending into name calling - let's respect this forum and keep it like that.The instructions are to stay at home except for three or four very specific exceptions.
What's so hard to understand?
I guess they purposefully didn't say "unless you're a smart arsed know-all who thinks that they and others like them can come up with their own reasons why their exceptionalism isn't a problem and do as they wish"
Ask the RNLI if they really want to come out if / when you get into trouble.I haven't yet heard a compelling argument for not doing as some have suggested and going sailing in a responsible way - unless you count "do as you're told" as compelling.
It is impossible to rule for every situation so the government offers guidelines and relies on common sense to prevail.On the PM radio programme, they had a listeners' questions session and one was "Can I drive somewhere to walk?". The answer was yes provided that you walked in a responsibly socially distant manner. So if you drive to the boat, keep away from other people and go out solo or with someone you live with, I can't see the difference between that and driving to go for a walk. Yet again, the governement advice leaves too much leeway for interpretation.