Instructed

March 23rd 2020

Today’s news from quarantine comes in three parts, each accompanied by an image. Here’s the first one:

It’s my Mum’s birthday today, and because we aren’t allowed to be near each other because of social distancing and responsibilty and such, we had a birthday group video call. I think being able to see us placated Mum a bit, because given that it was also Mother’s Day yesterday, I think she was feeling a bit sad.

This is the new normal for the Normans, and for the rest of the world too. Streaming services and video game platforms are going down because they can’t handle the increased bandwidth from everyone being at home.

Video calling has never been so popular. This is life for now.

Here’s the second image:

At 20:30, I sat down in front of the TV with my flatmate, and the rest of the nation, and watched Bojo’s address. He has now ‘instructed’ the nation to stay inside. No groupings of over two people. You can only go outside to buy food, or to exercise, or, if you absolutely have to, go to work.

I don’t have to go to work, so I’ll have to make the most of going out for food and exercise. The latter has been helped by the fact that I now have the running trainers I left at work. Now I can’t use them as an excuse for not running, I’ll have to come up with something else. Or I could just run, because…

Well, here’s the third image:

This is me and my flatmate playing one last game of FIFA because he’s just had to move home. Because of his health problems, he’s on what the NHS have described as the ‘high risk’ list, and so he’s on complete lockdown and doesn’t even have to work from home.

To make that easier for him, he’s going back home to stay with his parents, meaning I’ll now live alone for the duration of this lockdown.

I’ve just for a second had a brief flash of hope when I realised I could buy a hamster or something to keep me company, but then I remembered that Bojo also instructed all non-essential retail stores to close. I don’t know if he classes pet stores as essential or not. Probably not.

It’s interesting that he has now shifted from ‘advising everyone to stay inside’ to ‘instructing everyone to stay inside’. His address was via prerecorded message, and the speech was clearly meticulously crafted, and they chose that word specifically. Instructed. He says that police will be able to enfore the dispersement of social gatherings, and even fine offenders.

What a fucking weird world.

Until tomorrow, and this is just the start.

Jacn

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