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Old 07.04.2020, 20:29
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Re: Easter - where are you going?

Easter is going to drive me nuts. We have the only apartment in the building with no balcony which at the time wasn't a deal breaker for us. Now that there's a pandemic and it's sunny weather I'm becoming jealous of all the neighbours
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Big balls by no means mean big penis....

(I did not know Patxi was a guy, what a slack mod, moi)
When referring to large appendages, I suspect it's a grave error to refer to yourself as... "slack".
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Old 07.04.2020, 21:59
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Easter is going to drive me nuts. We have the only apartment in the building with no balcony which at the time wasn't a deal breaker for us. Now that there's a pandemic and it's sunny weather I'm becoming jealous of all the neighbours
Dito to what's written in bold. I have a balcony though, and even a very sunny and comfy one - many moons ago, my first apartment didn't have one and I swore I would never ever be without one again.

However, it's still going to drive me nuts. First time in 11 years that I'm spending a public holiday - ANY public holiday - in Switzerland. I travel all the time, both for work and pleasure, and make it a rule to go wherever during any holidays.

I could of course work and have already agreed to take one of those dreadful 4-hour VCs. But I refuse to work more than a few hours a day on one or two days.

I ordered some plants 10 days ago and a small plant ladder in the hope it'll all arrive on time so I can decorate my balcony. Granted that'll probably keep me busy for all of 2 hours, but better than nothing - especially as I have literally cleaned everything I could possibly clean, and that includes cleaning out my cleaning supplies (no, this is not a joke).

I certainly will go for one walk a day in the hills and woods around here, but that's probably my entire "plan".


Also: www.whenwillyoucrack.com - hey at least it's something to do for 3 mins.
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We are self isolating and staying put! We will take our dog out for a longish walk each day but are very careful and have perfected the art of zig zagging across roads and trails and walking single filed should the path not be wide enough and there is no other option.

Need to organize and think ahead regarding meals for the weekend. Another item to add to my "to do" list in lieu of the dreaded ironing (which I keep putting off ).

Happy Easter to you all! No doubt we will all remember this one in years to come
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Old 07.04.2020, 22:10
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Dito to what's written in bold. I have a balcony though, and even a very sunny and comfy one - many moons ago, my first apartment didn't have one and I swore I would never ever be without one again.

However, it's still going to drive me nuts. First time in 11 years that I'm spending a public holiday - ANY public holiday - in Switzerland. I travel all the time, both for work and pleasure, and make it a rule to go wherever during any holidays.

I could of course work and have already agreed to take one of those dreadful 4-hour VCs. But I refuse to work more than a few hours a day on one or two days.

I ordered some plants 10 days ago and a small plant ladder in the hope it'll all arrive on time so I can decorate my balcony. Granted that'll probably keep me busy for all of 2 hours, but better than nothing - especially as I have literally cleaned everything I could possibly clean, and that includes cleaning out my cleaning supplies (no, this is not a joke).

I certainly will go for one walk a day in the hills and woods around here, but that's probably my entire "plan".


Also: www.whenwillyoucrack.com - hey at least it's something to do for 3 mins.
You will not be the only one working, if that helps..
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That's you, yep.

Oh but no matter how quickly you will reach the hospital, the beds will be taken up by your favourite Swiss: The Swiss Germans.
Can't wait for your posts then.
They won't find it, as it's not one of the main hospitals.

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Re: Easter - where are you going?

Doing the responsible thing and cancelled holidays abroad, staying home.
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Old 07.04.2020, 22:30
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Re: Easter - where are you going?

Not going anywhere but plan to watch the livestream of Andrea Bocelli's Easter Concert:

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Re: Easter - where are you going?

https://youtu.be/_D9F-sww0X4
Swiss Federal Council - Press Conference 07.04.2020

Stefan Blättler, Präsident der Konferenz der kantonalen Polizeikommandanten

Daniel Koch, Delegierter des BAG für COVID-19


Stefan Blättler:
Over the Easter weekend, there will be a greater police presence throughout the country. The streets will not be blocked nationally, but the cantonal and municipal police will decide, from case to case.

Groups of 5 are forbidden in public spaces. But parties, events and gatherings in private rooms are also forbidden, not only in public.

Obey the rules. Our aim is not simply to punish, but to keep explaining that this is not reasonable behaviour given the risk of infection. Stick to the measures.

Do not put the achievements up till now, at risk. We have gone without much, and many are worried about their businesses, their existence, and their health. Therefore, please be disciplined, think of the consequences.

Do not go out for a ride on your motorbike, do not go travelling, do not go to another canton, and especially do not go to the majorly affected areas and to any rural holiday area, not to the mountains, not to any tourist area, not to the Ticino, Grison, Valais, Jura, Neuchatel, not to any other region, neither in your car nor by public transport. Just Stay At Home. Forego any plans to travel. Persevere. Do not travel. Do not do it. Just Stay At Home. The very best we can all do now, for our country, so that the virus is less likely to spread, is not to go out at all, just to Stay At Home.

Those who do not keep to this, are deciding to risk the health of everyone in the country, and with their actions will be risking the existence of the many whose incomes are already low because of the crisis. Don’t now risk everything that we have achieved. Stay At Home.

The police will decide, locally, which areas, streets, parking spaces, etc. need to be closed, and they are poised to move swiftly.


From 1:12:06 a journalist asks, in Italian, about the routes into the Ticino.
Stefan Blättler replies, in Italian.

The roads are open, but there will be special checks at the north portal of the Gotthard. And we keep saying: Stay At Home.

The police will be asking drivers for the purpose of the journey. They will be trying to persuade people who do not have an essential purpose, to return home.

Another journalist claims that this is an unnecessary harassment of the drivers, and surely, they still have the freedom to drive where they want to.

Stefan Blättler replies:
The point is that we are trying very hard to persuade people: Do not undertake any unnecessary journeys, at all.

We provide information, like this, here, now, but some drivers may be reached in a personal conversation with a policeperson. If not, yes, they have the freedom to continue to drive, that it, if the police have not closed off the roads. We hope, though, that people will realise that it would be wiser not to jeopardise the safety of the whole society, and just Go Home And Stay Home.

A journalist asks who has the authority to close roads. A municipality can close its own streets, but is a canton allowed to close national roads? Who would be in charge of that?

Stefan Blättler replies:
The national routes are under the authority of the Federal Council. A canton cannot close those. A canton is not even wholly free to close a cantonal route, as these are subject to the general (not Corona specific) rules that the Federal Council has specified, in a list of which cantonal roads must always remain open so as to ensure transit traffic through a canton.

The municipalities, however, and specifically the local police, to have the authority to decide very locally, and within a short time, and close streets as necessary according to what is happening right then. Therefore, if things get too full, they can just close it all down.

Daniel Koch:
We are not in a total lockdown, as other countries or regions are doing it. We are in restrictive measures. We are working on contract tracing, we don’t have that up and running yet, but if we do that, then per infected person about 50 to 100 others may have to go into quarantine. I hope that then it will show. In the meantime, I hope that people will be sensible, so that we don’t have more infections.

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Re: Easter - where are you going?

Im going to walk to a field above Riehen whichll be nice and empty, lie down and catch some sun and maybe learn some German. I'm certainly looking at being 20m minimum away from the nearest person.

Thankfully, we don't live in a police state like France or the UK, so such responsible and non-dangerous behaviour is not banned.
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Easter is going to drive me nuts. We have the only apartment in the building with no balcony which at the time wasn't a deal breaker for us. Now that there's a pandemic and it's sunny weather I'm becoming jealous of all the neighbours
OK, this is for you then: resist!

It's official, corona pandemic has a song. (at least 5 friends have redirected it to me in the last days) In some hospitals back home nurses are listening to it when they have a moment of "respiro" (no pun intended).
I imagine folks speak some Spanish here - with all those holidays and properties abroad...

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Thankfully, we don't live in a police state like France or the UK, so such responsible and non-dangerous behaviour is not banned.

Have you seen the news media images of selfish idiots in the UK completely flouting the lockdown rules, flocking to the beach, having BBQs in public parks, driving en-masse to beauty spots hours away from where they live. No distancing, no self-control. On the night the lockdown was imposed the pubs were packed. some to the point they must have breached the limits of people allowed in for fire and safety reasons. Morons having to get their last pint of beer!

You give people a chance to be responsible and they are too stupid to follow the temporary rules which are in place for the health and well-being of every single person. That leaves to stricter lockdown which would have been unnecessary if people were not self-centred jackasses.
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Have you seen the news media images of selfish idiots in the UK completely flouting the lockdown rules, flocking to the beach, having BBQs in public parks, driving en-masse to beauty spots hours away from where they live. No distancing, no self-control. On the night the lockdown was imposed the pubs were packed. some to the point they must have breached the limits of people allowed in for fire and safety reasons. Morons having to get their last pint of beer!

You give people a chance to be responsible and they are too stupid to follow the temporary rules which are in place for the health and well-being of every single person. That leaves to stricter lockdown which would have been unnecessary if people were not self-centred jackasses.
Yup, fully agree. The sad truth is that people will never behave sensibly or considerately and situation like this prove that many people, especially in countries like the UK where the population is 55% comprised of people who don't give a **** about the rest of society, actually need the implementation tough measures and fear of reprisals in order to do the right thing.
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Have you seen the news media images of selfish idiots in the UK completely flouting the lockdown rules, flocking to the beach, having BBQs in public parks, driving en-masse to beauty spots hours away from where they live. No distancing, no self-control. On the night the lockdown was imposed the pubs were packed. some to the point they must have breached the limits of people allowed in for fire and safety reasons. Morons having to get their last pint of beer!

You give people a chance to be responsible and they are too stupid to follow the temporary rules which are in place for the health and well-being of every single person. That leaves to stricter lockdown which would have been unnecessary if people were not self-centred jackasses.
The arrogance and self importance isn't exclusive to there. Paris was the same last wknd. I think people don't realize they are the vectors.
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Re: Easter - where are you going?

Going nowhere this Easter, Balkonien, as they say in German.

Had flights back home but those got cancelled and I didn´t book new ones (yes, there are still some flights). Then thought to go and visit a friend in GR, we now decided to cancel that as well.
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https://youtu.be/_D9F-sww0X4
Swiss Federal Council - Press Conference 07.04.2020

Stefan Blättler, Präsident der Konferenz der kantonalen Polizeikommandanten

Daniel Koch, Delegierter des BAG für COVID-19


Stefan Blättler:
Over the Easter weekend, there will be a greater police presence throughout the country. The streets will not be blocked nationally, but the cantonal and municipal police will decide, from case to case.

Groups of 5 are forbidden in public spaces. But parties, events and gatherings in private rooms are also forbidden, not only in public.
I appreciate you trying to help by paraphrasing the press conference but you need to get it right.

It's groups of more than five people which are forbidden and not five people.
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Re: Easter - where are you going?

I hope to be taking a much needed break, heading out to Balkonia.(Thanks, Roegner! )

Office dogsbody, domestic goddess, short order cook, chief procurement officer, mental health therapist, manager-of-expectations and keeper-of-the-peace - this 'doing nothing' thing has left me exhausted. I have not had a moment to myself since we started isolating. My dream of plowing through my list of unread Great Books, basking in the glow of (finally) organised closets remains but an impossible dream.

A day of doing nothing - actually doing nothing - on the balcony sounds like pure heaven right now.
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Absolute steals on airbnb at the moment. We will be heading to Cinque Terre.
You do realize that Italy is under a much stricter lockdown than Switzerland, right?

People are only allowed to leave their homes to go to the grocery or pharmacy. They are not even allowed to leave home to go jogging for exercise.

Everything is closed except supermarkets and pharmacies. Virus aside, there will be literally nothing to do.

And even if you want to just go around walking, you *WILL* be stopped by police asking why you're outside. Italian citizens need to fill out paperwork to carry with them to declare why they need to leave home.
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I've been studying the map to work out where I'm going to go over Easter



Balkon's nice this time of year.
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You do realize that Italy is under a much stricter lockdown than Switzerland, right?

People are only allowed to leave their homes to go to the grocery or pharmacy. They are not even allowed to leave home to go jogging for exercise.

Everything is closed except supermarkets and pharmacies. Virus aside, there will be literally nothing to do.

And even if you want to just go around walking, you *WILL* be stopped by police asking why you're outside. Italian citizens need to fill out paperwork to carry with them to declare why they need to leave home.
You do realise Patxi is on the wind up?
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