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My local M&S wipes down the trolleys,baskets and terminals after every use and every single major supermarket have put up screens to protect checkout operators even at my local bakers which has a one person at a time policy they have a screen also I know that every single Asda employee has been issued with a visor and has access to masks and gloves , my local prescription delivery guy , Chinese takeaway, chippy delivery and restaurant takeaway delivery folk all wear masks and gloves.

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1 minute ago, neilcvx said:

every single major supermarket have put up screens to protect checkout operators

Yes, they have those too here. Apparently stocks of plexiglass are hard to come by and delivery deadlines are long so some buinesses have simply taken to wrapping clingfilm aound two wooden uprights. It's like looking at a shopkeeper through the bottom of a jam-jar. Ed

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Our Super U disinfects trolleys, controls numbers in the store, has plexi at checkouts and masks, gloves and visors for staff, but does not sanitise card machines.

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18 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

Yes, they have those too here. Apparently stocks of plexiglass are hard to come by and delivery deadlines are long so some buinesses have simply taken to wrapping clingfilm aound two wooden uprights. It's like looking at a shopkeeper through the bottom of a jam-jar. Ed

My friend that runs a hairdressers ordered one it didn’t meet the regulations required for her certification so had to order another one and she has no date to open yet.

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7 minutes ago, colin said:

Our Super U disinfects trolleys, controls numbers in the store, has plexi at checkouts and masks, gloves and visors for staff, but does not sanitise card machines.

They have raised the 'contactless payment' limit to 50€ I believe to reduce the risk of contact. Ed. 

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Since the lock down I haven't seen one shop worker in a mask or gloves nor do I see them giving a spray or wipe to card readers between customers, has anyone else?

It seems a bit hit and miss around here. There has been some wiping down of card readers but not every time I have visited. I was offered sanitiser by the Coop yesterday. Not much mask wearing either but I shop at 8am when there is hardly anyone in either the Coop or M&S (but there is a queuef for Sainsbury go figure!) and social distancing is fairly easy with people occasionally flitting past others and presumably holding their breath. I do see trolley handles being wiped but I keep a pair of gloves in the car and use them when shopping. I leave them in the car on the nasis that as the next shop is between 4 days and a week away any traces of virus probably won't have survived. I have Dettol wipes in th car which I use on my hands and the controls before driving off. OK it's not perfect but I guess it goes some way to reducing what is not a very high risk in the first place. Handwash on arriving home.

I did look at the masks being advertised on Amazon but they all seem to be total rubbish. Mrs B has made us some 'bandit' face coverings but we have not been in a situation where we felt it advisable to use them so far. We don't need to use public transport.

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18 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

Yes, they have those too here. Apparently stocks of plexiglass are hard to come by and delivery deadlines are long so some buinesses have simply taken to wrapping clingfilm aound two wooden uprights. It's like looking at a shopkeeper through the bottom of a jam-jar. Ed

My friend that runs a hairdressers ordered one it didn’t meet the regulations required for her certification so had to order another one and she has no date to open yet.

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13 minutes ago, colin said:

Our Super U disinfects trolleys, controls numbers in the store, has plexi at checkouts and masks, gloves and visors for staff, but does not sanitise card machines.

I use contactless the wife does any shops over £45 , I also use the Asda scan and go app that stops a lot of contact, I use gloves for petrol and the pay at pump app if I’m at the shell garage , I only use cash at the bakers and my local shop 200 yards away and that’s usually only for spicy bikers or Transforma snacks (I once bought a box on Amazon that was a mistake).

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1 hour ago, Cabin-boy said:

Over here, all the supermarket checkout workers in out town have masks and visors. My wife has also been issued with the same kit to teach the kids at her school. All my Flashdance/female welder fantasies have resurfaced. Ed

Oh what A Feeling!😃

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36 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

They have raised the 'contactless payment' limit to 50€ I believe to reduce the risk of contact. Ed. 

Yes, but trying to maintain the good habit of one supermarket shop per week.... would love that trolley load to be under 50€. A bottle of Ricard is +/- 20€!

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We've got screens but the trolleys are all outside corralled in their bays. We're funnelled through the clothing section to the checkouts then told which one to go to... bit of a nightmare when someone is after socks or undies and kids clothing from supermarkets is very popular too, causes no end of bottlenecks, even more so when your Hagan Daz starts dripping out of the trolley and then they want to section off the spillage.

Everyone can nip down the aisles any way they want so why be so selective at the checkouts?

Anyone want to get recycling areas off their chest? ( don't all shout ME! at once), I've tried god knows how many times since they opened one in Harrogate two weeks ago, still no joy. Of course the other one in Harrogate is shut, so too are those in Ripon and Knaresborough, queues are about 3 miles long. Still, at least you can have a laugh and a joke with the Highways lads directing the traffic. Nothing like watch burly grown men in hi viz dancing to Whitesnake blasting out of the car windows, all we need are a few coppers and we can have the Village people.

You're basically binning rubbish covered in crap after clearing out the garage but the rule is that you must wear gloves to protect others... who are parked outside 100 feet away, what's that about?

(and breathe)...

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I stopped using my local Aldi as it’s such a mess with regards to layout and aisle width , Asda has a one way system around the store and about 80% of folk obey it and the self service checkout is easy to negotiate I suppose it helps using the app I wouldn’t use a checkout unless I had to , I let the Mrs get anything out of Tesco unless I really have to as it’s a mess with the clothing near the checkouts but she likes buying clothes there I use online stores as apparently it’s not that I’m less fussy it’s the fact I’m a clothes snob .

 

 

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The weather here has been spectacular today with the air temperature up at around 30 degrees. The pool has been fluctuating between 26 and 27 all afternoon. Even Cabin-girl went in this evening. Ed. 

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58 minutes ago, cvabishop said:

It seems a bit hit and miss around here. There has been some wiping down of card readers but not every time I have visited. I was offered sanitiser by the Coop yesterday. Not much mask wearing either but I shop at 8am when there is hardly anyone in either the Coop or M&S (but there is a queuef for Sainsbury go figure!) and social distancing is fairly easy with people occasionally flitting past others and presumably holding their breath. I do see trolley handles being wiped but I keep a pair of gloves in the car and use them when shopping. I leave them in the car on the nasis that as the next shop is between 4 days and a week away any traces of virus probably won't have survived. I have Dettol wipes in th car which I use on my hands and the controls before driving off. OK it's not perfect but I guess it goes some way to reducing what is not a very high risk in the first place. Handwash on arriving home.

I did look at the masks being advertised on Amazon but they all seem to be total rubbish. Mrs B has made us some 'bandit' face coverings but we have not been in a situation where we felt it advisable to use them so far. We don't need to use public transport.

Colin, being a modeller do you have any thin blown plastic or even thin stuff they make scourers out of? immerse it in Isopropyl alcohol (70%) and let it dry then sandwich it in between two layers of the bandit mask.  The inner pad will be washable and usable after another soaking of the the alcohol.

Rubbing alcohol is readily available and isn't expensive, make sure you can request the MSDS which will prove it's authenticity. We use a lot of it to remove the bubbles when soap is still in liquid form. It can also be used as a hand sanitiser with a 1.5% solution of Tea Tree or any other essential oil which takes your fancy. Ours passed the Cambridge lab and INCI tests for limited general healthcare use ( you use the 99.9% stuff for specialist healthcare) with higher values than some of the more known brands which only have an alcohol strength of 53%.

In your car if you have fabric seats, try a diluted solution of non concentrated bio washing liquid, it breaks down and kills the nasties. 

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I do indeed have a 5 litre container of rubbing alcohol,90% bought while in France as cooking alcohol for the meths stove in my yacht years ago but it smells horrible! (not when buring it though!)

If it dries it may not smell but would it still be effective?

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46 minutes ago, jonno said:

We've got screens but the trolleys are all outside corralled in their bays. We're funnelled through the clothing section to the checkouts then told which one to go to.

Same as Asda in Poole.  I went for some sneakers as my last pair are wearing very thin on the soles.  Just before lockdown I had to bin one pair, the second pair went through shortly afterwards, so two pairs binned.  My last pair is about to go through as well, so decided to tackle Asda.  They had the queuing right the way round the clothing section perimeter and it was huge.  Didn’t find what I wanted in my size anyway so went food shopping while there.  The equivalent of the Gestapo was standing barking which tills to go to, think I will give that store a miss until this is all sorted out.  

Hoping Boris gives the go ahead for shops to open next week. I refuse to shop online, I just do not trust typing my bank details into cyberspace.  I prefer to go actual shopping. 

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My expert couturière (dress maker and all that stuff....) recommends 3 layers of silk between the inner and outer poly cotton, with a wire in the top to bend around the form of the bridge of your nose. Not for one second claiming any scientific knowledge on this, but she is pretty hot on everything textile, and has been investigating potential options.

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My resident expert Mrs M a nurse of many year's experience is doubtful whether any kind of mask will make the slightest difference. I don't know but I am getting a tad fed up with 'experts' who are willing to be wheeled out by the media simply, it seems to me, to disagree with each other. One thing this crisis has proved to me beyond doubt is the damage done to the general social fabric by 24 hour rolling news rent-a-mouths, grandstanding think-tankers with their own agendas and the delusional  on social media. 

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3 hours ago, cvabishop said:

I do indeed have a 5 litre container of rubbing alcohol,90% bought while in France as cooking alcohol for the meths stove in my yacht years ago but it smells horrible! (not when buring it though!)

If it dries it may not smell but would it still be effective?

 The use in the pad is for sterilisation, it's the construction of the scourer which keeps the droplets at bay holding them on the outer side for a longer period meaning that any moisture is more slowly absorbed into the inner layer of the bandit mask, It's not fool proof but it's better than a couple of pieces of fabric with kitchen roll in the centre which allows moisture through more or less on contact. 

Try a few drops of paint on a thin scourer and watch how it irrigates along the plastic web structure, it wants to run down not across. It's job is to slow and hopefully divert any moisture droplets.

90% is too strong, if the pad isn't fully dry you'll get drowsy, I also wouldn't recommend it as a hand sanitiser, 90% is too strong a concentration to absorb into the skin. It's why you only tend to see that strength and the 99% used in a surgical environment.

 

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Thanks for the information Jonno. At the moment our policy is not to go anywhere when masks might be advised or required.

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5 minutes ago, cvabishop said:

Thanks for the information Jonno. At the moment our policy is not to go anywhere when masks might be advised or required.

Same here. One of our local garden centres says on their website that they "must ask you to cover your face when shopping with us" claiming this is "in accordance with government guidelines". No custom from me then - went to a rival garden centre yesterday instead.

After a couple of false starts, our local recycling centres seem to be up and running (Bracknell & Reading). You can book a time to visit a week in advance and will not be allowed in without a booking. There are 28 slots per half hour, so you have to be quick off the mark to get a particular time. I managed to book earlier for next Friday morning, now just have to see how much stuff I can fit in the car for one journey.

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Our local recycling centre is opening on June 1st with a 5 bag limit policy and an odd and even number plate system on alternate days.

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Big event today! Off to the hairdresser. I had to make an appointment a week in advance.  Although if the local steep-sheerer had been available that was plan B. Ed. 

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1 minute ago, neilcvx said:

an odd and even number plate system on alternate days.

That's why most Parisian families with two cars make sure they get alternate plates in case of pollution restrictions. Ed. 

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