Pjotr wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:57 am
What I find increasingly difficult to decide, as the epidemic progresses: how deeply should I let the epidemic influence my social life?
Exactly the same thought process here. We're up in the hills of West Cork, Ireland, but are sociable and friendly with close neighbours. We have about an acre and I'm considering setting up a little socialising area outside where you can keep a bit of distance, but not feel isolated. We're thinking 'keep the house a virus free zone' whereby if it does get in it's down to us and no one else.
We're quite good at keeping up to date with news, but I think others close by are lagging a bit, for example with the details of what's happening on the ground in Italy. They might think we're a bit odd to start with, and if this thing does fade out they might be right! I'm thinking those who're cautious now will (hopefully) be better off in the long run.
Our local village, small as it is, has about seven festivals a year. Jazz, country, trad, summer fest, series of plays, folk and maritime fest, October thrashing weekend etc, and normally everyone gets enjoyment out of a few of them. There's also seven bars and a number of restaurants so it's going to be hard on all.
I'm a natural optimist, but very aware of the potential with this one.
(ps: AZgl1500 - That's a tough one. We spent two years recently looking after my father back in the UK. Put life on hold but I'm really glad we did it. He made it to 91 so we're grateful for that).