We’re two weeks into lockdown now and we’re all still alive, healthy and (relatively) happy. Since I wrote last the rules have become even tighter here… last week we were surviving by going for lots of walks in the vineyards and forests, but that has now been outlawed too. We are allowed to walk, but only near to our house. As always with Italian laws, there is plenty of wiggle room in the wording, but I think our nice two-hour walks might be off the table for now. Also, all non-essential places of work are now finally being closed and we are not allowed to leave our comune (Novello) unless it is an emergency.
Until recently, I was under the impression that the vast majority of people were following the rules, but it turns out my faith was somewhat misplaced, and this tightening of the rules is a reaction to the fact that people are still out wandering the streets, visiting the supermarket five times a day just for something to do, going to friends’ houses for aperitivi and even meeting up for parties.
Unlike almost everyone on facebook, I’m not a fully-qualified epidemiologist with vast experience of pandemics, but even I know that this sort of behaviour is not helping anyone. If you’re just starting out in lockdown/self-isolation/sheltering-in-place, please just do it properly, for the sake of everyone.
As for us, we’re kind of getting into it now… Bee has video lessons which are something akin to the first transmission from the moon, with both picture and sound cutting out incessantly. In terms of learning, they are pointless, but at least they give her something to look forward to and she gets to see all her friends gurning into their webcams. We’ve been doing lots of cooking (with walking now more or less banned I think I might need to widen the front door when this thing’s over), we’ve put a tent in the garden, which serves a dual purpose as playroom and decompression zone and we’ve been getting through all the jobs that we’ve wanted to do for years but never got around to.
We all have days when we’re just not feeling it, or when the isolation gets a bit much, but I guess that’s to be expected. We just keep reminding ourselves that one day this will all be over. Nobody (apart from the facebook experts) knows when that day will come, but hopefully it will be sooner rather than later. The Italian government is expecting the number of infections to peak this week, so for now we all just have to sit tight and wait.