Nobody care about the government regulations rules regarding covid fight on Saturday night in Bristol’s center and along the harbourside. Hundreds of young people not keeping the distance and not wearing masks are strolling down the narrow streets of Bristol after sunset, looking to recreate the times before lockdown regulations.
Although most of the restaurants complied with the 2 m distance between tables, how does that help when people are not respecting this outside the restaurant? I wonder if any of these young wanderers really believe the covid is a threat to their life. Or others.
At the Tesco Express on the corner at Clare St., a group of 6-7 people are coming out without masks, although there is a sign that everybody should wear one in store. Inside, the same situation: only I wear a mask, the other customers are not. And nobody tried to stop them to enter the store. Looks like that after 9.30 pm they just relax and don’t take into consideration the government rules.
Along the Watershed, it’s not possible to find a table at McKenzie, Za Za Bazaar, Pitcher&Piano, V-Shed, Under the Stars, No.1 Harbourside and the like, if you didn’t make a reservation days before. A clear sign that life starts to go back to normal.
A group of drunk young men are shouting and singing on the street and one of them approach me and ask me if I am from Poland. I smile and tell him wrong guess. Then he starts to enumerate all the East Europe countries and I wonder why would he think that a white woman must necessary come from that area, why didn’t he assume I was British. Or American. Or Norwegian. In vino veritas, they say. Perhaps, for him everybody is an immigrant in Bristol.
The big Wheel behind the Watershed is not busy at all on Saturday Night. Actually, it’s the first time I see it running, although only one or two cages are full with people. I buy a ticket in a whim – 5 pounds – and get on the little cage where you must sit on a small red bench, like for kindergarten kids. Not very comfortable. The wheel starts to spin around pretty fast which make me even more uncomfortable, and the cage begins to dangerously swing. Must be the speed combined with the wind, I think and wish I were down on Earth. The view from above is not spectacular as I thought and anyway I couldn’t enjoy for long. What a waste of time this Wheel! No wonder people are not rushing to experience it at all.