Week Twenty

Bishopsteignton Lockdown Diary

This week’s Coronavirus related news. Interesting turn around update from the Government amidst mixed messages.

Thoughts and feelings of the village as it faced the nineteenth, and looks forward to the twentieth week since lockdown was announced. Logged in visitors can post their comments below.

While responses to the Coronavirus Lockdown continue to develop over the coming weeks, we still want to record thoughts and actions in Bishopsteignton. Please leave two or three sentences and any images you may have in the comments section below.

News since last week

Coronavirus: India becomes third country to pass two million cases – BBC News

Donald Trump: Facebook and Twitter restrict the president’s accounts – BBC Newsnight

How accurate are coronavirus tests? – BBC Newsnight

New tests which detect coronavirus in 90 minutes to be rolled out in England – BBC News

Further coronavirus restrictions will be local not national says UK government – BBC News

Lockdown easing on hold as shielding ends – Covid-19: Top stories this morning – BBC

Lockdown easing on hold in England as coronavirus cases rise – BBC News

New lockdown for northern England as coronavirus cases surge – BBC News

Posts on social media by local businesses and organisations made in the last week

Bishopsteignton Banter

www.facebook.com/BishopsteigntonBanter/posts/3032798990179324

Bishopsteignton Village Website

www.facebook.com/BishopWeb/posts/1695759167254732

The Cockhaven Arms

www.facebook.com/cockhaven/posts/3354230564616201

BBC Spotlight

www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2648152728837869

One Reply to “Week Twenty”

  1. Full lockdown has eased for most people over the last few weeks. Pubs, along with restaurants and hairdressers, were allowed to re-open with distancing measures in place on 4th July. Many local pubs in Teignmouth and Bishopsteignton did not re-open until later. We decided to design our newly landscaped beer garden so that we could trade from there while the proscribed distancing measures apply as we felt it was safer for everyone and we opened the bar on the 21st of July. Following that we then had a ruling that facemasks are to be worn in all shops and internal areas where distancing is not possible. I feel this is good but that it should have been applied right at the beginning of lockdown. Now the schools are closed for the holidays we are seeing many more visitors in the towns and surrounding tourist spots, as well as visitors here to the village. Traffic is back to normal on the roads! There are still regular customers to the pub that we haven’t seen yet as they are still sheilding. That is understandable, especially now that there are more people from outside the West Country visiting in force. Parts of the UK have been put back into lockdown and many blame pub-goers for these problems. Pub managers have the ultimate power to enforce their own rules concerning safety and who they admit or do not admit whether we are required to enforce distancing measures or not. It has been mooted in the pub-owning social communities that some business-owners have put profits (or lack of profits during lockdown) over safety, not caring or realising that this behaviour impacts on the whole community, not just their immediate surroundings. I have found I am getting used to not looking forward too far and just dealing with what each day brings but it can get disheartening not having special events and holidays to look forward to.

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