This is an updated OP, as of 5 November - old post is added at bottom
As England is about to enter a second period of lockdown on Thursday 5 November, we have been chatting about how to handle deals this time around. The good news is, as the rules announced so far are a bit more complete from the get-go, there is less ambiguity and we know what is allowed and what isn't. Specifically we know all essential shops can stay open, and are explicitly allowed to sell any item (ie, not rope off items they deem non-essential). We also know click and collect is allowed.
- So, in-store only deals are allowed, unless it is REALLY obviously against the rules (eg, a clothes-only retailer tried to break the rules and open stores). When the team here see one, we will add a message into the top of the thread like last time, along the lines of ths:
Important. This deal is not a guarantee there will be any stock in the store, so please don’t make a trip you wouldn’t have made otherwise just for this item. During this period of restrictions, it’s important we all shop responsibly, minimise our trips out and continue to help slow the spread of Covid-19. You can read more here about the restrictions in England from 5 November (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november).
If anyone who posts an in-store deal could do this themselves, we'd really appreciate it
- All click and collect deals will be allowed.
- If 'non-essential' retailers offer in-store only deals in just their Scottish, Welsh (after firebreak) or Northern Irish branches, we can allow them, while including the same message.
- Takeaway and delivery food is all explicitly allowed, so all deals will be allowed too. It’s unlikely, but if any restaurants or pubs launch deals for eat-in, these would be removed
- Travel - here, we'd like to be a bit looser with rules, and ask for your help. All apart from ‘essential business travel’ is not advised, but technically this means that flights/hotels could still be booked. Despite that, especially for travel until 2 Dec, we don't really expect or want a lot of travel deals - and will err on the side of removing them. But we also want to use discretion for other deals too.
For instance, if there was a great offer on cheap flights for next summer, and the refund conditions seemed solid, we would consider allowing it. Also, last time there were offers like 'free booking credit', and it seems sensible to allow those too.
However, these will require a bit of discussion and also subjectivity, so may often mean we take a while to decide as a team - or even make a decision and then reverse it the next day/after the weekend. Please be patient with the team, and also feel free to highlight offers like this in this thread and we can chew the fat on them. This is an attempt to be a bit more nuanced rather than making a blanket rule, so let's see how it goes!
- Gift vouchers - Where the deal involves buying a gift voucher, we will be trying to spot these and add in some text at the top along the lines of this:
Important: Whenever you buy a gift voucher for use in the future, there is always a risk of businesses not being around for you to redeem it. We will try to include T&Cs related to this where we can. NB This is no reflection on the retailers included in this post
If members are happy to add this in themselves, that would again be a great help
Please continue to let us know all your thoughts on the above, and any other areas you think we should consider. And please all stay safe
--------------------And finally, I would like to take the opportunity to ask you to do everything in your power to slow down the spread of Corona as much as possible:
- Pay attention to hygiene and rather wash your hands once too often (although there is actually no such thing as too much)!
- Avoid unnecessary physical contact / proximity to other people!- Refrain from stockpiling! This means that people who belong to risk groups have to go to the supermarket more often.
- If you do not belong to a risk group: Check whether you can help your neighbours, acquaintances or relatives if they themselves belong to a risk group, e.g. by buying food. Many neighbourhoods seem to be setting up schemes to check on vulnerable people, so you can volunteer there. Let us know if you see any online/nationwide ones and I can add them here:Member @MrBeansDrivingInstructor has suggested nextdoor.co.uk/, which also has smartphone apps - I'm going to try these out
And otherwise: Stay at home if possible, and stay safe!
Thank you for everyone's patience during this time. There are tricky balances to strike here and we might not always get it right, so please keep feeding back and flagging any situations for us to have a look at.