UK parents have been panic buying alcohol as the prospect of up to four weeks enforced interaction with their kid looms larger.
Schools in Ireland have already been closed due to the spread of coronavirus and Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has urged the UK government to act.
Dave, a father of four who works from home in Bridgend, said, ‘School holidays are hard enough but at least you can palm them off on holiday clubs and sleepovers, but if everything’s closed…I dread to think.’
Social media has been full of photos showing empty supermarket shelves over the past week.
And the latest aisle to be hit is alcohol as mums stock up on gin and dads are buying beer at a rate usually reserved for a World Cup.
Diane, a stay at home mum from Barrow-in-Furness, described the impending decision on school closures as ‘concerning’ adding the ‘only good thing about being a stay at home mum is that you get the whole day with Holly & Phil, the Loose Women and Diego from the gym.’
With the very real risk of children being sent home from school and instructed not to leave the house, many parents are facing the tough choice over staying at home and drinking every night or going to work and coming home to a house full of kids bouncing off the walls and a partner who is either rocking in the corner of the room with a fruit bowl on their head or smearing shit on the dining room walls.’
A Yougov poll showed 98% of parents’ preferred option would be to go to work but use coronavirus as an excuse for drinking every night anyway.