Yeah, that sounds like a lockdown. We can't even have weddings in NJ. This is such an ugly situation where the answer is not in black and white. I am hoping everyday we shelter in place takes a bit of a load off of the hospitals and helps people who have preexisting conditions stay well. My state is behind NY for cases and I feel like we're just waiting for the boom to drop here.Well, the cabinet met today and they announced a lockdown that they don't want to call a lockdown. You are only allowed to leave your house for grocery shopping, and only one person from each household, or if there is an emergency. You may not have any gatherings outside of your immediate household of more than 3 people. So we can't go to my in-law's....they could come here, because there are only 2 of them, but we are 4, so we can't go there. If you need to get some fresh air, you may not form groups of more than 3 people, and those people must remain 1.5 meters from each other and they want people to go alone as much as possible. All social gatherings of more than 3 people are forbidden, though there will be some exceptions for weddings and funerals. If anyone in a household has a fever, everyone in the household must remain home, even if they are not sick themselves. And all these regulations are being extended until June 1st instead of the previously announced April 6th. Small children are still allowed to play together. Also, mayors are being given the power to fine people for having more than 3 in a group or for standing closer together than 1.5 meters.
Schools are still closed until April 6th, and it will be discussed whether or not to extend that. One of the press asked if it wasn't a bit ridiculous not to keep schools closed when they said no gatherings of more than 3 people and keep distance. You can't do that in a school, so why not extend the school closures. Our teachers have had several strikes this year because of their workload and the expectations from teachers being too high and the pay too low, and now they are making an exception to the rules for schools after April 6th. So yeah...let's protect everyone except our teachers and kids....we're willing to risk them. It's so dumb. They said they might just leave it up to schools themselves to decide, and if they do, I imagine my kids will be staying home because their schools both decided to close before it was mandated that they had to. If they are recommending people not leave their houses, and they are restricting those numbers severely, the school will probably take the cautious route and follow those recommendations by staying closed as long as those rules are in place.
They didn't call it a lockdown, but that's what it is for all intents and purposes. You can't get together with other people outside of your household, you aren't supposed to leave your house unless it's to get groceries, and then you have to go alone. How is that any different than a lockdown?
All of my husband's family live in the UK and my MIL and her partner have to stay in for 12 weeks, so my SIL has been doing all of my MIL's shopping. What if someone doesn't have family nearby? My SIL lives 2 miles away from my MIL.