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Is a communal space considered 'public' or not?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by ForestWomble, Mar 25, 2020.


  1. ForestWomble

    ForestWomble PetForums VIP

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    As above really.
    I'm confused as to if a communal outside space is considered a 'public' space or not?
     
  2. Lurcherlad

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    I’d say yes if other people not from your household are using it at the same time.
     
  3. ForestWomble

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    Thank you.

    Urgh I'm confused, I had a look at the gov.uk page and it says social gatherings not allowed etc. My neighbours and their guests, from different households are 'gathering' in the communal courtyard, I can't go out because I can't risk catching the virus from them, but wasn't sure if because it is techniqually our 'garden' if it was still under the public communal law thingy at the moment. My HA have said communal areas are closed for now, but they didn't explain if they meant outdoor as well.
    I feel trapped and I feel awful that I can't even take B out for a wee because they are out there.
    Not even sure I can 'do' anything about it, just needed a moan really.
     
  4. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Obviously they have to use the space too but should not be meeting others there. If they aren't practicing social distancing then it really does need to be reported to either housing, council or police
     
  5. Lurcherlad

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    Depending how close they would be to you (at least a 6 foot gap) can you manage to just pass through quickly to get elsewhere?

    If not, then I would ask the Landlord to make it clear it’s only for residents (not their friends) - to use briefly and no gatherings.
     
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    If they are “mingling” with people from other households and are not keeping a 2 metre distance then I would imagine this would contravene the rules set by the government.
     
  7. ForestWomble

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    Thank you all.

    I have no idea what a 6 foot gap looks like :oops: so I don't know if I could keep far enough away.


    (By the way, while I know no one is saying or accusing me of this, I'd like to point out that I know they have the right to still use our communal space, just not all day or for meet ups I would of thought at this strange time)
     
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    A tall man laid down.. Can you imagine that on the floor?
     
  9. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    You and many others i think. Take two large exaggerated steps and that's about it, add a bit to be sure

    Ops you can't :oops:
    How wide is your chair?
     
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  10. Lurcherlad

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    The height of an inside door in your house is roughly 7 foot, it that helps you visualise?
     
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    Siskin Look into my eyes....

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    Someone on Facebook said ‘imagine a dead person lying on the floor between you’. Gruesome but succinct I thought.
     
  12. ForestWomble

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    Thank you everyone.
    I can't visualise like that annoyingly :Bag however that has helped me realise it's not as big a gap as I thought so it has helped. There are two areas everyone gathers in, one area would be too close, the other should be far enough away.
    rona, my wheelchair is about 23 or 24 inches wide.

    LOL lovely about the dead person!
     
  13. Jesthar

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    How do you usually visualise? Maybe we can come up with something better :)
     
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  14. ForestWomble

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    I'm not sure, I've always had terrible depth perception and could never understand distances etc, maybe I can't visualise. :Shy
    Someone tells me how long something is for example and I need a tape measure, even then I get a surprise when I see whatever it is!
     
  15. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Three wheel chair widths absolute minimum
     
  16. Calvine

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    @ForestWomble: What a strange situation. I seldom feel the need to ''gather'' with my neighbours, tho' we have a list each other's contact details which one guy organised and are prepared to shop for each other leaving bags on doorsteps etc. But definitely not socialising; that goes against all advice which has been given.
     
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    The length of 2 normal dog leads, should keep you safe.
     
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    The length of a normal bed.
     
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  19. Jesthar

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    If you could hit them round the head with a regular garden rake, they're too close ;)
     
  20. HarlequinCat

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    I like that one :D. Ah visualising hitting them in the head and realising you're too close to them
     
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