Zirthimon wrote on Mar 21, 2020, 20:20:
Dmitri_M wrote on Mar 21, 2020, 18:56:
Over here in Spain I just got to the end of the first week of government enforced lockdown.
Finding it quite ironic that I have a new Halflife game preloading while I'm living in a literal City17.
How is it going? I see it coming here in Canada any day. Truthfully, I think we need it to protect us from the stupid.
Nintendo's Animal Crossing caused huge lines at an EB Games store that a government official noticed. It didn't go over very well.
I'm mostly bored, the walking dead this is not. Though occasionally it does feel dystopian with the police patrolling playing recorded messages. Wishing I could get out and go for a drive. I did go out in the car the first day of the lockdown before they setup roadblocks asking where people were going. Highways were empty.
I have a staffer with an elderly mom in ICU and I've watched an army of hazmatted emergency services remove an old man from a building across the street. Clearly he has covid and looked in a poor condition. We have police patrolling fining those they find outside. The government have stated you can go out to walk your dog, there have been reports of people attempting to pass off hamsters as dogs.
The Spaniards are used to being treated like children by their government. Here I am not worried about the kinds of "free spirited" thinking that might possess people in the colonies to pickup firearms or panic buy. Every night at 8pm people make a huge racket clapping from their balconies in support of health care staff, some launching fireworks, impromptu discos on some balconies.
There was some panic buying prior to the lockdown, but it's moot here because food supply chains remain open. Supermarkets are fully stocked right now during the lockdown. Supermarket workers are carrying on like normal. Perhaps this will result in more infections, but I don't see western governments locking down to the degree the Chinese did.
Logistically the biggest pain was moving our whole office external. Because of what happened in italy my boss was smart enough to assume they might lock Spain down too. By the time the government announced it we had already trialed working from home. I'm a middle manager so the typical problem solving I do between people live in the office isn't as needed working remotely.
My parents live in the colonies in a country with a low infection rate. For them it's still a joke about toilet rolls. I'd like to think our infection rates in Spain are due to the southern Europeans being so much more gregarious than other places. Whether that pans out and my parents face less of a risk of infection living where they do..I hope