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  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: A Welcome Return to Italy

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: A Welcome Return to Italy

    As the UK enters week 24 of Lockdown due to COVID-19 I am very happy to be going back to Madonna di Campiglio in Italy for another two weeks. I am looking forward to seeing my friends, staying at the fabulous Hotel Lorenzetti and walking in the Dolomite Mountains. Italy remains in a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic and safeguards remain in place including the wearing of face masks in public places and maintaining a social distance. I feel safer here than I do in the UK where a spike in cases appears to be the result of non-compliance with safeguards.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Storms Rage Across the UK

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Storms Rage Across the UK

    During week 23 of lockdown due to the coronavirus real storms rage across the UK and controversial issues cause outrage in England. The government is campaigning to get people back to the workplace to revive city centres. This is not popular with those who would prefer to work from home. Parents are anxious about the re-opening of schools causing the government to do another U-turn. I stay in Dorset, watching the storms raging from a safe distance.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: A Stormy Week in Dorset

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: A Stormy Week in Dorset

    It is week 22 of lockdown in the UK and some parts of the country continue to emerge from lockdown. In the north of England, the number of COVID-19 cases are increasing and the process has slowed down. I am delighted to be back in Dorset enjoying some invigorating walks by the sea. Gales in the wake of Storm Ellen batter the coastline and keep the crowds away while the residents enjoy empty, windswept beaches.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: A Trip to Latvia

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: A Trip to Latvia

    Latvia is a small country with a small population and it was not badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It started emerging from lockdown as early as May and by the time I visited the country the only restriction was the closing of nightclubs at midnight every night. I found it very strange not to be wearing a face mask, sanitising my hands all the time and keeping a social distance. The news from the UK is not good as the number of COVID-19 infections is increasing again.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Back to UK Lockdown in Dorset

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Back to UK Lockdown in Dorset

    It is week 20 of lockdown in the UK and some towns are experiencing spikes in the number of COVID-19 cases. They are now subject to restrictions to control these outbreaks. Fortunately, Dorset is maintaining a low rate of infection. I can escape the muggy heat of Hertfordshire and return to my lovely seaside retreat in Sandbanks. It is the height of summer and the area is full of holidaymakers who have opted for staycations in the uncertain times of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week Two of my Italian Trip

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week Two of my Italian Trip

    Italy was one of the first countries to close down when it was badly affected by the coronavirus. It was also one of the first to open its borders to travellers early in June. Safeguards remain in place and are enforced. Face masks, hand sanitisers and social distancing are all part of the new normal in Italy. But these safeguards soon become second nature. Italy is just as I remember it, a place of art, beauty and fabulous food. I feel safe here.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: My COVID-19 Italian Adventure

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: My COVID-19 Italian Adventure

    As soon as the British Government showed signs of relaxing the rule that all arrivals in the UK had to quarantine for fourteen days I booked a flight with British Airways to Verona. I had no idea what to expect on my first COVID flight but I was determined to visit my friends in Madonna di Campiglio in the Trentino region of Italy. After weeks of uncertainty as the government changed its mind about travel corridors and BA cancelling my first flight I was on my way.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week Sixteen and Goodbye Dorset

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week Sixteen and Goodbye Dorset

    During week sixteen of lockdown due to COVID-19 more shops and businesses re-open in England. The debate about face masks in public places continues. Although the government has now decided masks in public places are a good idea it has not enforced them yet. My stay in Dorset is coming to an end. I am about to start travelling again soon. My first destination will be Italy.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week Fifteen of Lockdown is a Week of Uncertainty

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week Fifteen of Lockdown is a Week of Uncertainty

    The British government had promised to make an announcement regarding the lifting of quarantine, against COVID-19, for arrivals in the UK from some low-risk destinations. This announcement was postponed on several occasions. Finally, at the end of the week, a list of quarantine-free destinations for residents in England was made public.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: A Major Incident In Week Fourteen of Lockdown

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: A Major Incident In Week Fourteen of Lockdown

    After a peaceful start to week fourteen of lockdown due to COVID-19 we have a spell of hot weather and once again the crowds flock to the beaches in Dorset. As no limit was set on the distance people can travel for a day out people are driving from as far away as the Midlands. Crowded beaches and promenades make it impossible to maintain a social distance. The Sandbanks peninsula is gridlocked for twelve hours as 500,000 descend on the beaches of the peninsula and Bournemouth. After one day of total chaos the government declares a major incident in the area and the emergency services rally round and keep the traffic moving and control the number of visitors.

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