Showing posts with label coronavirus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label coronavirus. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Hang in there



On Monday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland announced a second National Lockdown for Great Britain.

With immediate effect, the 70 million people of Great Britain are quarantined with a "stay at home" order that will be reviewed again on February 15th, but widely expected to last until mid-March.  

Heralding this lockdown as 'One Final Push', is is hoped that at least 20 million of the most vulnerable people will receive the Oxford vaccine, developed in the UK and marketed by AstraZeneca UK, by the end of February.  

Life should slowly start returning to normal in the spring.

Since social mixing is now prohibited by law, this undoubtedly adds up to a lot of people feeling isolated, or bored, or anxious, or a combination of these things.

We hope to alleviate some of that in London City. Each day, thousands of people, pop in, or hang out and nearly all have a story to tell.  The greatest support network is user-to-user interaction, with the varying life perspectives that Residents bring with them and are willing to share with one another.

As always, our clubs and events begin every day around 12pm SL time (8pm UK) and we have a weekly outdoor concert and party on Saturdays and a double event running every Sunday from 11am SL time.  

So if you are feeling at a loose end, want some company, or just want to talk, come to London City. With your company, together, we will get through this once again.

Hang in there!



Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Keeping Spirits High



A message to the Community from the London City Team:


We are seeing a lot of new users and returning users to London City, and we want to assure you that we have contingency plans to keep our events and services running smoothly throughout this crisis.

First and foremost, London City is a Community, and we hope that all our regular visitors will be sympathetic to those new and returning users who are feeling isolated and just want some company.

To this end, we ask that everyone remains mindful that some people will be feeling distressed and finding their opportunities to express themselves quite limited outside of Second Life, but that they are seeking comfort.

Our team and staff, remains committed to providing as much support as possible during these times.

As a community, we hope your involvement with London City will help bolster everyone's spirits and make our joint isolation a chance to better get to know and understand one another.


A Message From Lab CEO




Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab writes today:


As concerns about the current coronavirus outbreak continue, we want to assure the community that  we have taken steps to ensure that the Second Life operations stay steady while also helping our employees stay safe through this public health crisis. Our hearts and thoughts go out to those who have been affected by this unprecedented event.

Second Life will continue to be available without interruption as we get through this tough time together. Due to our previous crisis contingency planning and the flexible nature of our distributed workforce, we are not expecting any changes to response times for support inquiries and payment processing.

We know that Second Life serves a great purpose for our community as people seek ways to stay in touch with their friends and co-workers, as they grapple with new social distancing protocols, mandated remote work requirements, and other precautionary measures.

With the closure of many universities and displaced conferences and events, Second Life also continues to be an option for disrupted organizations looking for new remote work, classroom or event solutions. To help, we recently implemented a reduction in pricing to a flat $99/month per region for qualified education and nonprofit organizations.

We are seeing an increase in new registrations and returning residents during this outbreak. Please be kind and welcoming to those who may just need a friendly conversation to escape from this crazy world for a moment or more. If you have a friend or colleague who is looking for a safe place to socialize online during these tough times, we encourage you to help them discover how Second Life can enable them to feel less isolated by connecting them to your favorite communities or experiences.

Like many companies across the globe, we’ve put into action new remote work policies for our employees to ensure that they can take care of themselves and their families while continuing to work from home. Prior to this incident, a large percentage of our company was already working from the “Moonlab” (that’s what we call remote employees’ locations), so we have been able to transition quickly and efficiently to a fully remote setup.

For the past 17 years, Second Life has been a special place that brings people across the world together -- and we appreciate your trust and support as we get through this rough time together.


Ebbe and all the Lindens
From the Moonlab. 3.18.2020.

You can see this post on the official lab blog here