The closing off of public events has so far not been implemented in the UK, where the public has been panic-buying toilet paper and canned salmon yet is easy going about conglomerating by the thousands in closed venues.
You know those people you get in hostels who are by themselves and yet seem to be at the centre of everything? This guy seemed like that, firing off jokes to people who walked by or other people sitting around us, chatting amicably to the staff. Despite his age, he seemed to be in his element. He turned back to me and said, “well, are you gonna come and tell me about yourself or what?”