Further updates from my foreign correspondents.
My friend in Italy has sent me some pics of people out in the streets all maintaining their 1m separations. The queue for the post office looked very strange, everyone well spaced apart.
They need to carry a signed piece of paper that tells the authorities where they’re from and what area they’re supposed to be in, fines are given if you’re not in the right place.
Only essential shops are open, which in Italy includes the very essential tobacco shops...
It’s flour and legumes that are flying off Italian shelves, not toilet paper... Food shops are insisting that customers wear the plastic disposable food handling gloves when handling any food items. Bare hands will not be tolerated and you will be banned from the shop!
My friend is single and she’s been on a few dates since she’s been in Italy, none of them have ended up being that interesting or pursuable for one reason or another, but she tells me last week she met an interesting guy, but now they cannot see each other again until at least April.
They’ve had some tanks in the streets, some prison riots because visitation is cancelled, and some escapees.
Italian authorities are fining, or in some cases detaining people for violating the 1m personal space rule.
The polish friends say that there are rumours that Poland is going to end up with Marshall law, whole cities locked down with tanks just like in the early 80s. Tanks in the streets to enforce travel/movement restrictions. - Something that Italy didn’t get right, with large numbers of people from Milan fleeing the area and heading south before the containment was properly implemented. One woman paid a taxi driver 1200 euros (AUD2000) to drive her from Milan to Rome to escape the lockdown.
We have an uncle in the polish airforce, he was at work on base when they locked the base down. No one in or out to prevent infection spread. Trouble is, his wife who also works in the polish airforce was off base at the time, she’s not allowed back in and hence they have no idea when they will be allowed to see each other again.
There is no fresh fruit or vegetables to be eaten uncooked on the base, all food has to be cooked, so green leafy salad options are just not a thing.