You must not go outside!

Daily advice the UK government is definitely not giving during the 2020 UK lockdown

A few weeks ago, I started a blog called You must not go outside! to give out daily advice that the UK government definitely isn’t giving but probably should during the 2020 UK lockdown.

Just as the UK lockdown was beginning, a friend of mine contacted me. He was struggling a bit with the prospect of weeks of restrictions. I sent him a couple of silly messages to cheer him up a bit and then on that first Friday I sent him this random text:

Today you may look out of the window BUT YOU MUST NOT GO OUTSIDE.

1. You may wave only at people with dogs.

2. You may call the police on 101 about anyone wearing an orange coat.

3. At 8pm tonight you must stand on your doorstep (or boundary of your property) and applaud the work of dentists (two claps per second) and/or people who repair shoes and cut keys (three claps per second).

About a week of random texts later, I created the blog to collate them. Writing a new entry has now become part of my UK lockdown daily routine.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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