Can’t really come up with the right words to describe the last week, so I thought maybe AccountingWEB members could help tell the broader story of how the coronavirus lockdown has unfolded in the UK.
Even before Monday’s “stay at home” order from Downing Street, we had seen how social distancing measures had frozen activity in the hospitality, events and travel industries. Some pubs and clubs defied the gloom (and public health advice) over the weekend, but by Tuesday morning, they were shutting their doors along with non-essential shops.
We’ve already reported on the strains placed on internet provision, but have a less clear picture of how the lockdown is affecting services industries where people can work from home. How is everyone coping as accounting professionals?
One practitioner told me how they had to be a lot more than just beancounters for their clients. “Information is just flooding down the internet and much of it rumour and not right… I’ve tried to send emails round giving correct info to those who I think might need to know a specific detail (ie not automatically to everyone as other accountants seem to be doing!)
“I’ve had clients crying when they had to shut up shop – you have to be very sympathetic and say the right words. Some of my clients will never open again.”
Like my source, we’re busier than ever on AccountingWEB trying to find out the right information and disseminate it to the people who need it. It’s a job you can do from home, but some of our contributors have been laid low by the virus. We’re also discovering another side-effect of the lockdown: delayed onset back and muscle pain.
If our experiences are anything to go by, people working for long hours at the kitchen table or with laptops on their sofas is going to cause a secondary epidemic of symptoms caused by poor posture.
How has the lockdown affected you and your working lives? And I thought it might help some people feel better if there was somewhere people could share a moan or two.