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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #60 on: March 16, 2020, 03:08:36 pm »
My husband and I chat online with people all over Europe (and then there's TC) & every place is taking much more action than here in the UK    :-\

Yep.
I hear Boris has said they are 'not supporting big gatherings'. Really proactive there hey?

Local hospital is now only taking in people on their list I understand but with no absolute details there are some groups and places closing or trying to limit contact and others not bothering at all.
 

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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #61 on: March 16, 2020, 10:32:00 pm »
All the sympathy, Chatelaine (I've been holding off on one last refill, because I'm good for another month on it, and I'm sure my pharmacy is swamped.)

This weekend has been.. rapid.

Friday, our boss's meeting with our grandboss got cancelled twice, and one of my coworkers and I (we're both higher risk for complications) got to "Whatever they decide, we need to work at home on Monday."

To a communication around 2pm, when educational staff were supposed to come in Monday, but then prepare to work at home thereafter.

To an email later that evening from my boss saying "We are working at home on Monday"

Insert two days of Massachusetts doing increasingly more things (leading to all restaurants, bars, movie theatres, etc. being shut down until at least April 7th, also all public and private schools. Restaurants can do takeout and delivery, but no eating in).


NYC has reached the same DefCon: all schools closed, movie theaters closed, gyms closed, bars closed, restaurants closed except for takeout. With Broadway and the museums already shut down, everything that makes New York New York is on hiatus.

My company and all its many subsidiary/sister companies sent everyone away on Friday to work for home indefinitely.

It's boring. But I get it: If we're going to avoid mass deaths of the physically vulnerable, it's necessary.

The problem is, all the disruptions land disproportionately on the economically most vulnerable...my boyfriend among them. He's a bartender who lives paycheck to paycheck, and last night he found out he doesn't have an income anymore. He's in a tailspin.

I try not to whine about two of the pillars of my life outside of work (going to the movies and going to the gym) being yanked away overnight, because there are folks like my BF who are suffering for real in all this. And the most frustrating thing is that there's no end in sight; they're talking about this going on into the summer.

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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #62 on: March 17, 2020, 12:06:12 am »



The problem is, all the disruptions land disproportionately on the economically most vulnerable...my boyfriend among them. He's a bartender who lives paycheck to paycheck, and last night he found out he doesn't have an income anymore. He's in a tailspin.

I try not to whine about two of the pillars of my life outside of work (going to the movies and going to the gym) being yanked away overnight, because there are folks like my BF who are suffering for real in all this. And the most frustrating thing is that there's no end in sight; they're talking about this going on into the summer.

What??

My husband and I were both laid off indefinitely today. The ballet company we both work for has postponed our major production until June, which means the earliest we'll likely go back to work is mid-May. But that assumes we'll be able to do the show then. If we can't -- if large gatherings are still banned -- our company will probably go under. So, at this point, we don't know if we'll have jobs even when this is over.

We're both applying for unemployment. But so is every other theater technician, stage manager, performer, etc. There are no jobs in live theater right now, and who knows when there will be again.

So, yeah... We're a little worried...

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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #63 on: March 17, 2020, 12:50:03 am »

My husband and I were both laid off indefinitely today. The ballet company we both work for has postponed our major production until June, which means the earliest we'll likely go back to work is mid-May. But that assumes we'll be able to do the show then. If we can't -- if large gatherings are still banned -- our company will probably go under. So, at this point, we don't know if we'll have jobs even when this is over.

We're both applying for unemployment. But so is every other theater technician, stage manager, performer, etc. There are no jobs in live theater right now, and who knows when there will be again.

So, yeah... We're a little worried...


Aster, I'm so sorry. This situation is just plain fucked up.
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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #64 on: March 17, 2020, 03:09:23 am »
So, yeah... We're a little worried...

I'm currently working in the hotel industry. Our occupancy has dropped from ~100% (this is generally our busiest time of year) to less than five percent.

I'm one of the fortunate ones. I have a stationary engineer license, and city ordinance requires one of us to be on property 24/7 when the boilers are operating...which is all the time, because our domestic hot water comes from steam heat exchangers. So far, my hours have not even been cut back...although that's likely to change next week. But the rest of the maintenance department has been cut to a 24 or 32 hour workweek, and the other departments have been decimated...particularly culinary and banquets; our mayor and county commissioner just ordered all restaurants and bars closed (except for take-out) until further notice. "Decimated" is actually not a good word, because its etymology implies losses of one in ten...we're talking more like two of three. And, at that, management is still trying to keep a skilled nucleus on staff to rebuild if conditions improve.

So thus far I'm making out okay. And this hotel is one of the showpieces; it would be a big hit to shut it down even temporarily. Still and all, you can only hemorrhage so much money...if they do decide to close the doors, there's not likely to be much notice. And, although the pink slips haven't gone out yet in our department, when I came in tonight there was a stack of brochures on the table: "Unemployment Benefits at a glance." Real encouraging, that.
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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #65 on: March 17, 2020, 10:03:37 pm »
And, although the pink slips haven't gone out yet in our department, when I came in tonight there was a stack of brochures on the table: "Unemployment Benefits at a glance." Real encouraging, that.

Not exactly subtle are they? 

My work is tied directly to the hospitality industry, so we're all sweating bullets right now.  Our events and conferences team has seen their work dry up entirely during the last two weeks. My group isn't feeling the pinch yet, but we will be soon.  I except that as work dwindles, I'll be burning through my PTO and only working a day or two each week through the end of April.  After that, who knows?

Locally, we're seeing the same closings as larger metropolitan areas - schools, daycares, libraries, cinemas, museums, and events venues. Our governor has ordered restaurants and bars to close for all but take-out and delivery services effective today. Grocery stores are beginning to limit their hours, as well as offering seniors-only shopping hours to help decrease their potential exposure (which is great, except for the part where stores completely ignore the existence of other high-risk groups who need the same measures).  With any luck, we won't end up in a shelter-in-place situation here, but I'm planning and preparing for it in any case.
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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #66 on: March 19, 2020, 04:49:14 pm »
Not exactly subtle are they? 

My work is tied directly to the hospitality industry, so we're all sweating bullets right now.  Our events and conferences team has seen their work dry up entirely during the last two weeks. My group isn't feeling the pinch yet, but we will be soon.  I except that as work dwindles, I'll be burning through my PTO and only working a day or two each week through the end of April.  After that, who knows?


I think it would really help, here, if the government would stop sitting on the fence.
They 'suggest' certain places close but, because it's not an official demand, if the places do close they and not the government are responsible for their loss of earnings :( 

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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #67 on: April 13, 2020, 07:03:44 pm »
Locally, we're seeing the same closings...

Here in Guelph all is closed, but at least the panic buying has calmed down.  Most stores started putting a 1 or 2 limit on each type of product which I think has helped lots.

My hubby is an "at risk" person... he's 67 and a diabetic, so he stays home while I do the shopping.  The one thing we are lucky with is that because we are both retired, our pensions still roll in.  The hit to my heart was when they closed the barn to owners.  I understand that its to keep us and our equine care team safe, but I miss my baby boy Rhett.

Yesterday I spent all day online to renew my licences, memberships, health card etc.  I found that organizations have either extended expiry dates or renewed memberships automatically for another year.  Some of it takes creating an online account, but worth the effort!


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