September 22, 2020
The autumn and winter months can be beautiful – fresh, crisp and full of colour. The colder months usually deliver a bag-full of wonderful social occasions. Harvest festivals, Halloween, Bonfire night, and ultimately Christmas.
At this time of year we tend to think of cosy nights, curled up on the sofa with loved ones, food and drink at our favourite country pubs, roaring fires, family gatherings, feasts, parties, Christmas markets, new year’s eve events and a variety of other celebrations.
But 2020 is no ordinary year, the rule book has been thrown out of the window. With autumn on our doorstep, winter just around the corner and no signs of the COVID-19 virus abating, we need to turn our attention to society’s most vulnerable members. Not just our immediate families, but to our communities at large. Not just to the obviously vulnerable, the elderly, the infirm or the lonely. We need to look at the newly vulnerable too.
A possible solution, suggested by a client
We were recently approached by an existing client for a quotation on the long term hire of a small, freestanding marquee structure. The idea being that they could use it as an entertaining space for visiting friends and family during the autumn and winter months.
The marquee would need to be large enough to host groups of up to six visitors. It would need furniture, flooring, lining, heating, lighting and power; all elements that we regularly supply with our winter marquees.
A fantastic idea. With the threat of infection from COVID-19 a very real and frightening possibility, not everybody will feel comfortable hosting visitors in their homes. At the same time, they won’t want to be cut of from family, friends or the local community.
We’re pleased to be able to offer house extension marquees, free standing marquees and even lean-to structures that could provide a safe, separate space, outside of the home environment…
… but more than that, the discussion with our client got us thinking; not simply as a business, but as members of a community. As family members, as friends of those that may have been more deeply affected by the COVID pandemic than we’d previously realised.
2020: COVID delivers a year like no other
When the clocks will go back on October 25th this year, the days will become shorter, the evenings darker, longer and colder. Any ordinary year brings challenges for those that struggle with reduced daylight hours, those that struggle to get out and about after dark and when the coldest days set in. For those people, and many others, autumn and winter 2020 promises to be an extra challenging time.
2020’s COVID-19 pandemic has delivered loss in a variety of different and challenging formats. Loss of loved ones, Loss of jobs, reduced salaries, isolation and loss of civil liberty – the rights to go where we want, when we want and with whom we choose. This year, more than ever, we need to look deeper into our families and communities to spot the truly vulnerable and the newly vulnerable – and to take the necessary steps to ease their burden.
Supporting vulnerable friends and family during the COVID-19 pandemic
We don’t claim to be an authority on COVID-19, or the related care and support for those within our families and communities. However, we’ve looked at a number of reputable online resources and thought we’d share and handful of the ideas that stood out to us:
- Look after yourself: You can’t look after anybody else if you fall ill. Make sure that you follow Government advice on social distancing and COVID related hygiene.
- Check in regularly with friends and family. Especially those that you suspect to be lonely or vulnerable.
- Set up video calling. You may need to assist elderly or less technically savvy friends and relatives with this. Take precautions and follow COVID related hygiene guidance when doing so. The ability to see one another during calls helps us to feel more connected and can make a big difference to our state of mind.
- When visiting friends and family: Always observe social distancing guidance. Stick to groups of six or less, avoid physical contact. Wash your hands before and after your visit.
- Create a ‘Support Bubble’. A support bubble can be formed between one household of any size and another single adult household. Households in a support bubble can consider yourselves as one household, meaning that there’s no need for social distancing.
Is our long term marquee hire solution of interest to you?
If you think that creating an entertaining space that is separate from your/your friends or family homes could be a solution for you, speak to us. Our estimates and quotations on marquee hire are obligation and pressure free.