Neighbourhood 15 by golftragic

Neighbourhood 15

Local supermarket checkout setup for the plague. Perspex protection screen/s, unload and then pack your own groceries (quite a difficult exercise with lots of contortions), and everyone urged to use cards not cash. Single use plastic bags banned in Victoria some time back. Checkout person is on the phone with some query.
All the differences! Here, you MUST have on a mask before entering a store. And while single use bags were banned, now they won't pack reusable bags! We're back to single use plastic!
May 14th, 2020  
So are folks not wearing masks generally? Where I live, they are not required (I wear one always when I will be in a store, but others opt out, which is rather bothersome for me). For shopping, we are allowed to bring our own bags as long as we pack them, which I far prefer. In fact I do self check out to avoid putting employees at risk. They work tirelessly for us. What a great document photo.
May 14th, 2020  
@Weezilou @darylo Interesting. No compulsion on masks here, very few people wearing them, and fewer by the day. Lots of emphasis on washing hands and using sanitisers and wipes. So far as I've seen all the shops have sanitiser available at the door, and often more inside. The supermarkets have huge industrial-size dispensers of wipes for people to wipe trolley or basket handles. Until this week there were also people stationed outside with wipes and sanitisers for people and to do the handles of returned trolleys. I have long refused to use self-serve checkouts, they cost workers' jobs, and many of those workers would struggle to get other work. Plus, as the old Aussie saying goes, 'why keep a dog and bark yourself?'.
May 14th, 2020  
The new normal. I see your comment about not using the self checkout but I prefer it as I get out of the supermarket quicker. There are still plenty of service checkouts open and also a two people on the 15 item checkout too, but if I can avoid queuing I will do. We have to pack our own bags anyway so why put the groceries through a checkout person and then have to pack my own bag.
It was only when we came to Australia that we had our bags packed for us, we always had to do our own in the UK and in Cyprus.

I was sanitized so many times today. First in Coles, then in the chemist, then in the bank, then in Woolworths and finally at the recycle centre which has reopened. No germs on me today ha ha
May 14th, 2020  
Masks are compulsory here and we have to now pack our own bags too. No queues in the stores as I go at 8 am. We get sanitized when entering and leaving every store. Heard on the news that this stage will continue till the end of the month.
May 14th, 2020  
But you are getting out and about quite a bit? Or does it just seem that way because your daily posts ? I haven't left the house in over 60 days except once.
May 14th, 2020  
Same here, my husband tells me ; he’s doing all the shopping 😉
May 14th, 2020  
@jyokota Australia has done very much better for the virus. My friend in Adelaide said there was only ever one confirmed case in her state at all! Every country is different. Interesting too since in the UK the rule is 2 metres (or 6.5 feet) apart as a minimum and we have huge perspex dividers between each till as well as screens around the cashiers and only cards allowed.
Interesting to see your experience, Marnie.
May 14th, 2020  
I actually don't mind these rules as it stops the pushy shopper trying to rush through you!!!
May 14th, 2020  
@casablanca -- sigh. Seems for something this big that puts the entire world at risk there should be a way for better coordinated effort. For now, I'm staying to myself in my house and backyard.
May 14th, 2020  
@jyokota Wouldn't that be good, eh? I stay home mostly too, just have to go out to shop for myself and my parents. Take care of your lovely self.
May 14th, 2020  
@golftragic yes, the principle of self-check out in general is not something I really support, but in the case of avoiding harming a checkout person who has no choice but to show up to work, I'm looking out for them. I sure hope Australia remains less affected. You are describing to me what it was like in GA before we got hit badly, so I'm hoping you don't see a spread, but masks are a great way to prevent spread in addition, of course, to the sanitizer.
May 14th, 2020  
I’d love to see grocery store shots from around the world
May 15th, 2020  
How interesting to read all of the different comments.So many different ways to deal with the scourge. I think our distances and border closures have been our saving grace - and now the huge numbers of tests being done each day will hopefully keep track of what's going on. Fingers crossed for countries across the world. :)
May 15th, 2020  
@onewing Yeah, I get what you're saying, but it's an equity principle thing for me. As for the umpteen sanitises per day, my hands are really suffering. Better that than the plague though.
May 16th, 2020  
@ludwigsdiana Oh crikey, we're sanitised everywhere, but few wearing masks.
May 16th, 2020  
@ludwigsdiana Golf club shots coming soon.
May 16th, 2020  
@jyokota We've always been allowed to leave the house Junko, but until last weekend for only four reasons: medical, essential shopping, exercise (including walking the dog) and work/education. At our place we've been very careful, Les has chest problems so she's barely been near a shop but has been able to walk in the open, if/when I've shopped it's been at very carefully chosen times and days. We only have one of our five kids somewhat close by, and Les's DIL has been marvellous. We're fortunate that we have a big area of garden and that we live near the river where there's lots of open public space.
May 16th, 2020  
@casablanca We haven't gone that far Casa, but the vast majority of people are observing distancing very well (1.5m here). With a national population of 24.7 million we've 'only' had just under 100 deaths. Our governments (federal and states) have done very well in my opinion, very Goldilocks.
May 16th, 2020  
@darylo I hear you Daryl, loud 'n clear. Constant vigilance is essential. Hardly anyone is wearing masks here, but people are carefully distancing, a bit like a complicated dance at times.
May 16th, 2020  
@jgpittenger Great idea Jane. Come on people from other countries.
May 16th, 2020  
@golftragic -- that's good to hear! But did you say -- you have a big garden? I am definitely looking for tips. I've never gardened, and I let my husband's garden go empty the last two summers. I've decided this is the summer I try to figure it out. But really, I have no clue. Maybe we can have zoom-tutorials like I had with Domenico and cooking! ha!
May 17th, 2020  
@jyokota I used to do a lot in my garden back before all my lower limb surgery/joint replacements but have done very little for years. The lockdown jolted me into action again and I now have 'my' part of the garde, ie vegies, set up so I can manage it without the bending or kneeling that causes me problems. I'm happy to help if I can, but it may be a case of the halt leading the blind, even more so since your climate is quite different from ours (not just the opposite seasons, that's no problem). Once the lockdown's over you should go to a good local nursery and get them to talk your through how to start your very own garden. We have a bloke come in for six hours a fortnight to do the heavy work, pruning and the like, moving heavy stuff, digging etc. He's worked for me for over 20 years, started when I was still working at Deakin University. See if you can find someone similar to do the heavy stuff for you too.
May 17th, 2020  
@golftragic -- that's brilliant! If someone could do the initial planting (I'd at least pay more attention than I did before, when my idea of being present used to be photographing my husband doing all the work, or watching gleefully so I could photograph as he flipped out worms to the robins watching and waiting.) then maybe I could do some of the work I (although the garden even has a sprinkler system so I wouldn't even have to water it) or at least get help figuring this all out! I'm doing really well with the aero gardens on my countertop! So smart of you to figure out getting help so as not to stress your knees and such. Take care!
May 17th, 2020  
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