Things seem to have settled into an adaptive modus operandi where I am - For the first time in nearly 3 weeks I ventured out from my self-imposed exile - apart from a short bike ride yesterday- I haven’t left the house but food was getting low - donned with mask (I don’t think they’re completely useless) and surgical gloves, I walked to town. First a visit to the bank - it was nearly empty and the staff were sitting behind plastic shields. I don’t know whether these would be much use if anyone sneezed virus in the bank as it is quite a small space and mostly open plan.
Next stop, Post Office - I arrived just in front of an elderly lady and there were, duly spaced out (physically!), 3 others waiting- the PO were only letting one customer in at a time - we let the elderly lady with her walker in first as someone came out. All the staff were wearing gloves.
I then walked to Aldi - at the entrance a weird/drunk man starting shouting at me that I was going to die anyway, “if you’re gonna get it you’re gonna get it!” - I did feel a bit daft in the mask and gloves but If I get infected, there’s an almost certain chance I will end up in hospital. Aldi were only letting in 40 people at a time. There was a member of staff on the door by a table with an enormous hand gel pump and leaflets- all very organised. I was glad to see there were no shortages compared to the last shop I did here nearly 3 weeks ago. The only product sold out was Ketchup but that’s typical of where I live! I called my volunteer driver friend who picked me up with my shopping. I sat in the back seat. En route to my house, we stopped to pick up some small pump containers my friend had at home so I could fill them up for him from my 5 (now 3.5) ltr bottle of sanitiser. When we got back my friend unloaded my shopping while I filled up his bottles with hand sanitiser. My friend immediately left to avoid us having prolonged contact.