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Scottish Government’s confusing policy relents

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My appetite for circulating in public diminished after hearing news of how the virus has taken hold in several towns across the country.  Public health always comes first, with the consequences of the economy and children’s education following closely.  Nothing else really matters.

Despite that, we have to learn how to navigate our lives through this and news that 300 people will attend Ross County – Celtic and Aberdeen – Kilmarnock on Saturday is very welcome.  Not much will be learned from such a low number, perhaps only that the temperature measuring equipment used works (it has already been tested in greater numbers, it works), but it feels significant that the Scottish Government acknowledge that controlled trials of any activity is necessary and responsible behaviour.

And be clear: despite being practically the last activity permitted, the health risks of socially distanced, well policed, outdoor gatherings is negligible to zero.  Pubs reopened for indoor custom in Scotland eight weeks ago, without police oversight or any prior trials.

Now that the concept of holding trials has been agreed, the next step must be to hold meaningful trials, when we will learn how efficiently thousands of fans filter through entry systems.  Who knows, maybe taking fans out of the pub to an outdoor stadium to watch the game will slow the virus.  If only the world’s entire scientific community would speak clearly that indoor meetings are more dangerous than outdoor, the Scottish Government’s Indoor Pubs First, Outdoor Football Last policy would be less confusing.  Not that policy from London is any better; I’m beginning to think the SNP’s strategy of shadowing Boris Johnson’s government on Corona planning is not such a great idea.

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  1. track and trace app has been up and running in Ireland since early July. It is set up as an All Ireland app so people in NI can use it. The NI specific one will be compatible.

     

     

    Strange that the Scottish one is so late and doesn’t want (or can handle) English data

     

     

    It does drag on your phone battery a fair bit but they are working to resolve

     

     

    On the personal freedom side of things, you get asked if you want to allow the phone to share info in order to be part of the overall point of the app. If you say no, you can still use it for reports etc to keep informed

     

     

    You also get asked if you want to share your phone number for contact. You can say no without affecting the app (we all did in our family)

     

     

    You would get an alert if you were near an infected person and you then get a code to contact the HSE (very diluted version of NHS). This avoids spurious data

     

     

    There were misgivings about state monitoring of people’s movements etc but it has had a high uptake in the end. Apparently it is working too; due to the permissions question getting round GDPR set up on the phones

     

     

    Sorry that was a bit boring; on a lighter note, my FB memories today are all of my trip to CP to see us pump sevco 5-1 in 2016

  2. BJ @ 11.41

     

     

    Get a life …

     

    Easier said than done — I know I am trying as well.

     

     

    Find a woman / Find a hobby / Find a dug / Find a neighbour / Find salvation / religion …

  3. DD @ 11.50

     

     

    My current connection to uni life is too old for Fresher’s Week.

     

    However I would suggest it is cancelled and everybody keeps their money and their dignity for a later date.

  4. DD – first time out Last night since lockdown. It was surprisingly easy to get to Central frae Linwood. Bus&Train were Rapid (grrrr Vienna).

     

     

    First Frame. Aidan pots the Black on its own. Wins the Frame.

     

     

    I won 11- 4.

     

     

    The Black Ball never moved every subsequent frame Break off.

     

    I’ve done it once when I was a wee laddie.

     

     

    Wow.

     

     

    It is gonnae be extremely hard to win 10 in a row. I think we will do it. 👍

  5. Burnley78

     

    my love my thoughts

     

    will hopefully do some work with you in the next year pitting my wee bit to creating jobs and work

     

    we’ll get by

  6. BIG JIMMY on 10TH SEPTEMBER 2020 11:41 AM

     

     

     

    You make a good point but I wonder if there aren’t other venues you could use eg a cafe (like the Val D’Ora) to meet other regulars for a craic if the pubs do get closed down again.

     

     

    Maybe not ideal but better than nothing.

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