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  • “So long, and thanks for all the fish.” 🖖

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    Take good care, I hope we will see back in the game some day :)
  • Yeah, take care and I hope to see you again here!
  • I now have to always have 2 masks nearby, the one for the air quality, and the one to prevent covid spread. :D
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    I now have to always have 2 masks nearby, the one for the air quality, and the one to prevent covid spread. :D

    I sure hope weather moves in to aid in stopping those fires. Maybe a day and a half of rain or something.
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  • I hope we get the rain to clear the smoke from Oregon and California from the air here in Western Washington.
  • Yes. thanks for keeping the game happy and uplifting. It's been one long depressing summer watching all this negativity spread all over our country, I look forward to coming home and logging into Star Trek Timelines all the time.
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    Mmmmmm no mask needed here. :-)
  • Well, this was bound to happen... and it did. Since last night, Madrid (the city of Madrid and other nearby towns) was in a partial lockdown (again) imposed by the Spain's government, because the regional government of Madrid didn't do anything in the last months (here, the competences of health are transferred to the regional governments, so every regional government manage the public health service in their region).

    "From this weekend, people can travel outside their home districts for essential journeys only.

    Bars and restaurants cannot serve after 22:00. And a maximum of six people are permitted to meet in any setting.

    The measures have been demanded by Spain's federal government.

    They also take effect in nine towns around the capital.

    The restrictions have been resisted by Madrid's city authorities, which tried to use the courts to block their imposition."

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54383548
  • ShanShan admin
    At least it is happening before the surge that is expected in winter, I hope these measures will be kept for a good while :/
  • Well, like we're really special....

    "The Madrid High Court ruled on Thursday that it would not ratify the coronavirus restrictions that were forced on the region by the central government, despite the opposition of the regional administration to implement them. The court reached its decision on the basis that the measures infringe on citizens' fundamental rights."

    https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-10-08/madrid-high-court-strikes-down-health-ministrys-coronavirus-restrictions.html

    So, now what? In first place, the regional government of Madrid doesn't reply yet to the offer of talking about the issue made by the Spain's government, so... It's probably that the Spain's government have to declare again the state of alarm in Madrid to impose these restrictions without troubles.
  • ShanShan admin
    And I thought my home country was complicated :D
  • Yeah, things here are really crazy :D
  • DavideBooksDavideBooks ✭✭✭✭✭
    My condolences to those who do not live in free countries or free states. I hope you can remain safe and protected physically and economically. To those in free states and countries, I hope you choose to follow reasonable precautions and keep yourselves and others safe. I hear it is anticipated to be bad in some areas. Personally, I choose to go about my life as reasonable cautious as I can while living without fear and while keeping others safe. I have friends who work in the ER and I am at clinics and hospitals all the time for my work. I've seen some craziness and hope we can all avoid that, but I won't force my will on others. Be wise. Don't let the crazy get you.
  • Haere LinteseregHaere Lintesereg ✭✭✭✭
    edited October 9
    Well, the government of Spain has declared the state of alarm (the softer of the three legal categories for emergency situations listed in our Constitution) in Madrid. The measures are the same revoked yesterday by the court, but this is important, because Monday is our national holiday, so it's a long weekend.

    https://english.elpais.com/politics/2020-10-09/spanish-cabinet-declares-state-of-alarm-in-madrid-region-in-bid-to-slow-spread-of-coronavirus.html

    The members of the regional government of Madrid have been said things like this was an "ultimatum" and a "blackmail" against the regional government, and this is an "Constitutional abuse" and a "outrage", and other gross words against the decision.

    Well, and meanwhile, this is what it's happening in Twitter.

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    Sánchez is our President (or Prime Minister), Ayuso is the president of the regional government of Madrid, and Abascal is the leader of the far-far-right party VOX.
  • Apparently my home country is spiking as well, which what not unexpected (schools/public transit).
    This situation is certainly testing everyone's resolve (and empathy).

    Invisible threats are never easy to deal with, this one is worse with its array of potential side effects/life altering consequences.

    Hold the line, I mean mask, hold it, on your mouth AND nose ^^

    Take care everyone, we each have a part to play in dealing with this <3
  • It was expected, but yesterday it was declared here a new state of alarm with a national curfew.

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    https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-10-25/spanish-prime-minister-approves-new-state-of-alarm-with-plans-to-keep-it-in-place-until-may.html

    Well, the thing is that this state of alarm can last only 15 days, then will require an extension by the Congress. And there is where the fun begins. Pablo Casado, leader of PP, the major opposition party, said today that his party will support the state of alarm, but only if the extension is for 8 weeks, because more it would be excessive, and because Christmas season should be protected. I swear to you that he said this. The intention of the government is to ask the extension to the Congress tomorrow, so... I don't know what will happen.

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    I'm really jealous of France and Italy for not having to suffer this political fights...
  • Emperor Borg DroneEmperor Borg Drone ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 27
    It was expected, but yesterday it was declared here a new state of alarm with a national curfew.
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    https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-10-25/spanish-prime-minister-approves-new-state-of-alarm-with-plans-to-keep-it-in-place-until-may.html

    Well, the thing is that this state of alarm can last only 15 days, then will require an extension by the Congress. And there is where the fun begins. Pablo Casado, leader of PP, the major opposition party, said today that his party will support the state of alarm, but only if the extension is for 8 weeks, because more it would be excessive, and because Christmas season should be protected. I swear to you that he said this. The intention of the government is to ask the extension to the Congress tomorrow, so... I don't know what will happen.
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    I'm really jealous of France and Italy for not having to suffer this political fights...

    There has been some controversy in Italy about it, mainly in the summer when things seemed to be under control, but I agree that fortunately there hasn't been that much backlash or protest here.

    But we're still entering a second wave right now and there are a lot of discussions on who is supposed to take which decisions (government, regional governments, city governments) and what measures are too much or not enough, so things aren't looking too good either :(
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    But we're still entering a second wave right now and there are a lot of discussions on who is supposed to take which decisions (government, regional governments, city governments) and what measures are too much or not enough, so things aren't looking too good either :(

    Sorry to hear that. Fortunately, today the Congress has approved without problema the extension of the state of alarm until May 2021. Meanwhile, each region has been taking different measures, but almost all of them has been closing the borders, at least during this long weekend.
  • Emperor Borg DroneEmperor Borg Drone ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 29
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    But we're still entering a second wave right now and there are a lot of discussions on who is supposed to take which decisions (government, regional governments, city governments) and what measures are too much or not enough, so things aren't looking too good either :(

    Sorry to hear that. Fortunately, today the Congress has approved without problema the extension of the state of alarm until May 2021. Meanwhile, each region has been taking different measures, but almost all of them has been closing the borders, at least during this long weekend.

    That sounds very reasonable, let's hope it works!

    France and Germany are also in a "soft lockdown" now and it's likely that something similar will happen in Italy too, at least in some regions. I think they are trying to avoid it for as long as possible, because the long and very strict lockdown of last spring already had quite an impact on the country's economy :(

    So far it's mostly the area around Milan and Naples and the two cities themselves that are struggling, but it looks like there will probably be more provinces facing the same problems within the next weeks.
  • Haere LinteseregHaere Lintesereg ✭✭✭✭
    edited October 30
    Okay, a bit of necessary fun :)

    Apparently, these last days many people in different villages and towns of Spain has been using The Purge sirens to "announce" the start of the curfew, but someone in Valladolid has been beyond that, and made this:



    This is the original tweet, but I download the video to add the English subtitles.



    We like cachondeo (messing around, joking) above everything xD
  • Emperor Borg DroneEmperor Borg Drone ✭✭✭✭✭
    Okay, a bit of necessary fun :)

    Apparently, these last days many people in different villages and towns of Spain has been using The Purge sirens to "announce" the start of the curfew, but someone in Valladolid has been beyond that, and made this:



    This is the original tweet, but I download the video to add the English subtitles.



    We like cachondeo (messing around, joking) above everything xD

    That's amazing :joy:
  • Oh wao :O
  • Checking in, how's everyone doing?

    It is pretty bad in the US and other parts of the world unfortunately.
    Stay vigilant and stay safe. <3
  • Emperor Borg DroneEmperor Borg Drone ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 13
    In Italy we're in the second wave of the pandemic and most regions are in a "soft lockdown" (so far). It seems like the number of new daily cases has become stable over the last week, but those numbers are still quite high and those of the deaths too unfortunately :(
  • In Spain is more or less the same that Italy, but without lockdown of any type, "just" the curfew and the restrictions. It seems that the new daily cases has become stable too (about 20,000 per day), at least in some regions. We have almost 1.5 million of infections so far (Spain have a population of 47 million).
  • For those celebrating Thanksgiving, have a safe celebration <3
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