Deeney: “We've All Got To Stay At Home”
By Kevin Affleck
Club legends Troy Deeney and Luther Blissett have urged parents to keep their children at home and reconnect as families as the country bids to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Deeney, a father of three, has been alarmed at the minority who are ignoring the government guidelines about staying at home unless it's to buy basic essentials, to exercise or to fulfil a role as a key worker.
“We've all got to stay at home and follow the government guidelines,” he said. “How many more warnings do we need? They said they'll pay 80 per cent of wages and people are still going to work. It's going to have to go like Russia where if you go outside, it's five years in jail.
“Some are seeing it as a bit of a jolly up and it's a shame because it could affect so many. You've got to hope people see the curve in Italy and Spain and get [the severity] of it.”
Deeney understands it is difficult to keep children cooped up now they are off school, especially now the weather is taking a turn for the better, but knows the longer the rules are flouted, the longer this lockdown will remain in force.
“The worst thing that happened was when it came out that [the virus] doesn't affect the young so they are like, 'I don't care'.
“But it has been nice to see families became together again. I think we have gone away from that. I've never seen so many people walking or taking the dog out. There has definitely been a family feel that has come back. Maybe this situation might make people step back and go, 'Do you know what, I'm putting too much emphasis on work and not my family and real life stuff.”
Blissett, who made a record 503 outings for the cub, scoring a record 186 goals, said it's time to evoke the spirit of the club's greatest ever manager.
“On the back of what Graham Taylor said, it's family first, football second,” said Blissett. “That should never change especially at this particular time. I'd also like to say a thank you to all NHS workers and other essential workers that do their job as without them, we'd be in a state.
“Sunday's briefing by Boris Johnson was quite poignant as I could see he was struggling to say to everyone, 'Look, you're not listening. I'll have to enforce it if you don't get on with it.' What we saw at the weekend was disgraceful, with everyone going out having parties. This is the single most deadly thing we've ever had to deal with. We need to adopt the spirit of back in the war when we looked out for, and after, each other. We need to take every precaution and respect each other's space.”