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Masks Latest 19 June 2020

Some personal behaviour seems to have improved since last time. (But I'm only taking one sample every two weeks…)

On 16 June, about 30% of the people in our local Lidl were wearing masks, vastly more than before (though none of the staff). In Tesco, 50% (70% on the staff). Still pretty much no attempt to keep any sort of distance, though, even where aisles are wide enough to allow it.

Still no green veg. apart from broccoli. Lots of mushrooms this time, though, and cream cheese.

Just as in normal life, when people get distracted from the terribly complicated business of walking in a straightish line, they just stop, and pay no attention to whether anyone else might be able to get past them. Even when I was commuting every workday in London I found there were a lot of people who acted like this – even in the rush hour, even people who looked as if they did this trip every day themselves – so I am not surprised that they haven't suddenly learned basic situational awareness in the last few months.

One of the local breweries from which I'd ordered beer managed to have a sensible drive-through system for collection. The other one had parking across the road, nobody in the shop, and one bloke working in the brewery who was able to pass me my order; no sign of precautions at all except for a small sign outside the shop saying "please keep 2m apart". (So I'm meant to wait for the assistant to leave the shop before I go in? It's not big.)

But now I have more beer.

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