Time Slots/Appointment Only for everything where practical

Wherever possible people should be required to book a time slot for whatever activity they wish to partake in. No appointment/booking no entry.

Shopping - Malls can set a limit on numbers and allow people to book a block of time to go. Supermarkets/convenience stores can carry on as they are as it's impractical to expect people to book for a loaf of bread or some milk
Pubs - Again set a limit on numbers so SD can be controlled
Parks - Set a limit on numbers (not easy to police so would require an element of trust) and keep an eye out to make sure it's not looking too crowded

For businesses this would mean people can't just randomly turn up.

I'm sure people can add to this with pros and cons and the practicalities for specific circumstances.

Why the contribution is important

One of the biggest problems with relaxation of restrictions is the fear that lots of people end up at the same place all at once. One person going for a walk in a park is not an issue. The whole town turning up at once may be a problem.

Forcing timeslots on people is a no-no, e.g. you're only allowed out of your house at a certain time of day. However, setting limits on the numbers allowed in a park, a pub, a restaurant or wherever and then allowing people to book a slot would help the custodians keep things manageable within the boundaries of safe social distancing.

How practical this would be in some environments may be an issue but for many places it would just be an adjustment to how they already operate.

by PiedFifer on May 08, 2020 at 09:17AM

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  • Posted by ThargX May 08, 2020 at 09:24

    People won’t all pile in to places. I think many people will avoid crowded places - it’s unpleasant at the best of times to go wher too many people are already. Maybe a publicity campaign to suggest that people think about how and when they go out might be more useful.
  • Posted by Ticos007 May 08, 2020 at 09:25

    For most business, time slots would work make sure a daily diary is kept showing this.
  • Posted by anniemckain May 08, 2020 at 09:47

    I don’t think pubs and restaurants should open for a long time
  • Posted by Sheenie May 08, 2020 at 10:53

    I think for businesses, care home and hospital visits this is a great idea. Not sure it would work in other places. Can’t imagine telling someone whose drunk they have had their 2 hr slot
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