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Just getting messages from colleagues who were quarantined too but due to having contact with someone who turned out to be negative for the virus. They are being let out after 6 days. I doubt the officials will come to see us just yet as we were due to flying and considering many of the cases here are transmission in planes they will be extra careful. Annoying but understandable.

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6 hours ago, Hannibal Scorch said:

Macron said they will invest €30 billion into France to ensure no business goes under. Boris has condemned most to closure

Fortunately those affected can easily go and work for one of those French businesses that have been... Oh, wait. Right.

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As much as we kick off at our company it's somewhat reassuring that I work somewhere that pays full pay on sick pay from day one until the ninth month. Unfortunately this leads to people abusing the sickness policy at the best of times so I expect the office to be decimated within a month.

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The events company I also work for is looking like we’ll have to close our doors. I’m a bit massively gutted. 

For those who don’t quite understand the significance of what Boris said, in a nutshell...

- Govt have not banned venues/events/gatherings.
- They have strongly warned people not to attend venues/events/gatherings.
- Those venues will now lose their customers, will have to lay off staff and will lose money spent on product, refund customers and PR etc. Many will have to shut down (including ours).
- But because the PM hasn’t ordered them to close (only people not to attend) they can’t claim losses via insurance.
- Making Britain great again etc etc.

Sorry, whilst I truly appreciate that people are very ill and dying due to the severity of the virus, the idea of simultaneously cutting the legs out from small businesses with a calculated attack on them/protection of insurance companies is next level shit housery. The fucking job centre is going to be heaving, a large public gathering some would say. Sigh.

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34 minutes ago, Kaz Hayashi said:

- Govt have not banned venues/events/gatherings.
- They have strongly warned people not to attend venues/events/gatherings.
- Those venues will now lose their customers, will have to lay off staff and will lose money spent on product, refund customers and PR etc. Many will have to shut down (including ours).
- But because the PM hasn’t ordered them to close (only people not to attend) they can’t claim losses via insurance.
- Making Britain great again etc etc.

It's disgusting but sadly unsurprising from an inhumane government. 

I'm so worried now. The repercussions of this are potentially catastrophic. A high number of deaths, economic crisis, poverty- christ this could take decades to recover from. 

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Since posting that I have just found out a very close relative died this morning. She was in her 50’s, had a load of underlying health issues and walked around with an oxygen mask/tank for the past 3 months.
She was in hospital for the past 2 weeks, but they sent her home yesterday. She told them she didn’t feel well enough to go home, but either way they sent her home. She was found on the floor in her home this morning, but we don’t know the exact cause yet.

Whilst I’m still very raw to the news and will likely play a role in sorting out the next stages, including working out what to do about family gatherings/funeral etc, I can’t help but fear she was sent home as a reaction to what’s going on with the virus, either making space/freeing resources or fear that she could end up being a carrier due to her health issues. Fuck knows, but it’s shit. All very fucking shit.

Mods - sorry if this isn’t in the right thread, I typed it out whilst angry, feel free to move if you wish etc.

Edited by Kaz Hayashi

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Very sorry to hear that, Kaz, and sorry to hear about the events company as well (is this the one with Pablo/Paul by any chance?). 

I doubt it'll make you feel better, but I saw you and the 27 Club supporting De La Soul in Gateshead a bunch of years ago and bought your CD. 

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In trying times, we can always depend upon the least racist person in the world to use diplomatic terminology.

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Sorry to hear of your awful news, Kaz.

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@Kaz Hayashi that is awful. But, and not to get all tinfoil hat, you have to wonder if they did need to try and free up beds because of what is happening. I saw some tweets last night from an alleged NHS whistleblower who basically said we don't have enough beds, we don't have enough equipment, we are soon going to be faced with choosing who lives and dies. It is absolute unspeakable that this is the situation we find ourselves in.

In other news, Carphone Warehouse are shutting all their standalone stores in the UK and 2900 jobs set to go because of it.

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O this is priceless, I make the dreaded call to head office, to explain im at risk and wont be coming in for 12 weeks. Only to get the answer phone. I ring my center to be told all of head office are now working from home.

Cant see them having any option but to let me off without pay for the 12 weeks 

Edited as i just saw Kaz post above after i posted mine, awful news man.

 

Edited by quote the raven

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7 minutes ago, quote the raven said:

O this is priceless, I make the dreaded call to head office, to explain im at risk and wont be coming in for 12 weeks. Only to get the answer phone. I ring my center to be told all of head office are now working from home.

Cant see them having any option but to let me off without pay for the 12 weeks 

I assume you can still reach someone by email? Without the same immediacy, granted.

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3 hours ago, Kaz Hayashi said:

But because the PM hasn’t ordered them to close (only people not to attend) they can’t claim losses via insurance.

I don't think they can claim losses via insurance anyway. Wouldn't the insurance companies argue this as an act of God, or something similar? 

If they can't, I don't see them paying out for every small business forced to close. How long before the insurance companies run out of funds?

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