New day-to-day habits

During this crisis, what changes have there been in your life that you would like to see continued?

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by ScottishGovernment on October 05, 2020 at 08:55AM

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  • Posted by Homeburd October 05, 2020 at 17:21

    I actually like the increased cleanliness of restaurants. It’s a small thing but staff clearing and cleaning tables before you are seated should always be the way
  • Posted by Trp October 05, 2020 at 18:18

    Slowing down and realising that you don’t have to be busy all the time.
    Sadly we are back to using the car a lot again, I liked using it less during lockdown.

    Some activities have moved outdoors which I think is a great step. Unfortunately this won’t be feasible as we come into winter as it will be too dark. Investment in making some of our outdoor areas more suitable for classes and groups would be a good thing both for helping with covid and just getting people outside more.
  • Posted by Jules1907 October 05, 2020 at 19:15

    In schools, the increased focus on outdoor learning ( weather permitting of course), but investment into useable outdoor spaces would enable this to continue beyond COVID-19.

    Greater use of WFH - increases flexibility and in turn reduces traffic etc.

  • Posted by Kas October 05, 2020 at 20:50

    Increase sinks with soap in schools, and it is part of the dialy routine on entering school that they wash hands
  • Posted by HappyPumpkin81 October 05, 2020 at 21:19

    Higher standards of cleanliness in public toilets and public buildings. It would be brilliant if they could expand that to play equipment in parks too.
  • Posted by Maskedupandprotected October 05, 2020 at 22:42

    Less crowded cafes and restaurants are good
  • Posted by lauz84 October 06, 2020 at 00:27

    none! There was nothing wrong with the ‘old’ normal!
  • Posted by LeiaAvra October 06, 2020 at 06:39

    Only the highest cleaning standards for restaurants and toilets.
  • Posted by Libdah October 06, 2020 at 07:02

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  • Posted by Libdah October 06, 2020 at 07:02

    It is important that we can continue to meet friends in bars and restaurants.
     I think that hospitality businesses need investment to allow them to develop outdoor space for eating and drinking. This would have to be under cover because of our climate. Many are currently operating on a lower capacity which is not sustainable.
  • Posted by rmk October 06, 2020 at 10:28

    Increased working from home, especially where people *choose* that form of work they should not be forced to return to offices where it's not necessary, I expect we'll see some office buildings change use, it would be nice to have more people living in cities again and having many facilities nearby - rather than just being a destination we commute to - as is the case in many other countries.

    Many people having more "free time" not spending hours on a daily commute to do exactly what they could do at home, less traffic, less pollution as a result.

    The increased hygiene standards of restaurants, public toilet facilities, public buildings etc.
  • Posted by Bing123 October 06, 2020 at 16:07

    Home working has brought with it many benefits. Flexible working in future should be encouraged.
  • Posted by netherlee October 06, 2020 at 19:56

    The lack of music in eateries and pubs has been a boon especially for those of us with hearing issues. Modern places tend to have a lot f hard surfaces which makes venues noisy, and the music makes it worse. I do not miss it.
  • Posted by alanmacrae41 October 06, 2020 at 21:27

    Masks are hideous and inhibit good communication.
    Social distancing is horrible - less physical contact, more miscommunication. Terrible way to live. Also, pubs and bars do not make any money at the current level. They are just biding their time. Many will not last until Christmas if this does not stop - this is not an idle threat but a reality (I’m in the industry)

    What many people describe as liking - slower pace, less car use etc is just another way of describing not being economically active. This is nice but not sustainable!

    Stop using the phrase “The New Normal” - it suggests that a future of social distancing, obsessive hand washing and empty pubs and restaurants is desirable and inevitable. It isn’t.
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