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Thread: Post COVID - what's the future going to look like?

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    I forgot to add, my personal view at this stage is that the Gov roadmap (for England at least, I've not checked if there are any plans for the rest of the UK let alone the rest of the world) show that "In November, our ambition is to scale back remaining social distancing measures, but this is contingent on... bla de bla", indicating that they realise the current situation is unsustainable and that for the sake of the economy and everyone's welfare, plus the fact that huge proportions of the population are already clearly unable to maintain social distancing that they plan to have us getting back towards the old normal before Father Christmas gets involved.

    So presuming that this scaling back does actually happen in November but also guessing that it won't be the end of all SD, I reckon we're somewhere near 50/50 as to whether Christmas events will be able to go ahead but my current guess on next summer rises to 75/25 for being able to rock ahead reasonably normally. Bear in mind that I'm just some geezer on the internet who's not even got a crystal ball to stare into, so this could be complete rubbish.

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    - this now makes me envisage the little critters thriving and breeding like rabbits as soon as they hear a thumping bass line (remember what one of those is?!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormproductions View Post
    I forgot to add, my personal view at this stage is that the Gov roadmap (for England at least, I've not checked if there are any plans for the rest of the UK let alone the rest of the world) show that "In November, our ambition is to scale back remaining social distancing measures, but this is contingent on... bla de bla", indicating that they realise the current situation is unsustainable and that for the sake of the economy and everyone's welfare, plus the fact that huge proportions of the population are already clearly unable to maintain social distancing that they plan to have us getting back towards the old normal before Father Christmas gets involved.

    So presuming that this scaling back does actually happen in November but also guessing that it won't be the end of all SD, I reckon we're somewhere near 50/50 as to whether Christmas events will be able to go ahead but my current guess on next summer rises to 75/25 for being able to rock ahead reasonably normally. Bear in mind that I'm just some geezer on the internet who's not even got a crystal ball to stare into, so this could be complete rubbish.

    - this now makes me envisage the little critters thriving and breeding like rabbits as soon as they hear a thumping bass line (remember what one of those is?!).
    I get the whole reopening of the economy thing, and think eventually it'll be out of the government's hands (until such time as it possibly flares up again when they turn around and say "we told you so").

    As for being back for Xmas - I'm not so sure. We're trying to plan the annual family Boxing Day get-together and at the moment aren't sure whether that's likely to happen (we all meet up at a house for dinner....several arms of the family - around 30 of us, eat, drink and make merry).

    Don't forget, they were very quick to lock down for Eid....I doubt Xmas will be any different if needs be. And with the possibility of local lockdowns (there's around 20-30 places on the list at the moment), who's going to want to be trying to plan a big bash when the plug could be pulled the night before?

    MY current guess remains at next March/April once the flu season's out of the way for the official loosening of the reins, or failing that possibly around May/June. I'm also hazarding a guess at the moment that it'll be restricted to outdoor stuff like marquees & tipis with the sides up to allow adequate ventilation.

    I'll be more than happy if I'm proven wrong though.

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    Ok....it took a bit of doing but I finally got a response from my local MP

    I've emailed several times and only ever had a response from her Parliamentary Assistant. The last time I was very blunt and insisted that I hear from HER as opposed to a civil servant (cheeky and rude, but getting completely pee'd off with everything now)

    Although one of the emails was under the guise of the #savedjentertainment letter (which let's be honest....is going nowhere), I've also taken the time to explain my own personal circumstances which aren't too dissimilar to a lot of others I know who have likewise fallen through every safety net put in place. I also made it very clear that I'm more than a little miffed that having paid into the system since the day I left school and never claimed a single penny in support, it's not been there when I actually need it.

    My angle is for some of the discretionary grant money which hasn't been claimed to be redirected to those of us without rateable premises and the like. At the end of the day, if they'd at least assist with the storage and insurance costs so that I'm not having to find those every month out of my own pocket....I'd be a happy bunny.

    The response was actually quite unexpected and positive. None of the copy and paste text everyone else seems to be getting. She's actually dealing with quite a few fellow constituents in the same position and appears to be fighting our corner. She's also passed on the SaveDJEntertainment letter to the appropriate department but not getting my hopes up there.

    Fingers crossed....somebody's actually listening!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imagine View Post
    My angle is for some of the discretionary grant money which hasn't been claimed to be redirected to those of us without rateable premises and the like. At the end of the day, if they'd at least assist with the storage and insurance costs so that I'm not having to find those every month out of my own pocket....I'd be a happy bunny.
    Our local authority (South Glos) has broadened the criteria to include businesses run from domestic premises for a final round of grants (applications close today, decisions made at the end of the month) and I've applied. I'm not expecting to get anything out of it, purely because they ask for Feb-May 2019 and Feb-May 2020 bank statements as evidence of a drop in income and a) I had a bumper Feb and was still operating until mid-March and b) I only opened a business bank account in Feb 2020 so I think they have no chance of being able to unpick household income/expense from business to be able to make an informed decision. I have made the point that my application is less about the drop in income for Feb-May and more about the fact that we're likely to have to survive for another 6-9 months with no support and that the uncertainty is going to impact me for a lot longer as events of any scale are typically planned at least 6 months in advance.

    I'm glad you got a positive response though. I'm not expecting our local copy/paste merchant to send me anything more than a letter toeing the party line.

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