Obviously the coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate the headlines and matters seem to be a lot more serious than we first thought.

I believe this is going to be an eye-opener for a lot of people. First of all, people are realising how much emergency and health workers do, and everybody on the frontline, and it’s important to make sure they know how much we appreciate them.

Every day they are putting their lives at risk to help the most vulnerable in society and sometimes we take these things for granted.

It’s great work that they do – and everyone working in frontline and essential services who serve the population on so many fronts from shops to farms, and so on.

The people who work in shops and petrol stations and people who make sure the shelves are stocked. I don’t think people realise the great work they’re doing in particular, putting themselves on the frontline.

This week I have basically been up to the shop to get some stuff for my dad and myself and I have been out and about on the farm and fields. Other than that, I haven’t been anywhere apart from getting diesel for the tractor, which I need to feed the cows, who are still in at the moment.

We’re still seeing on social media and the news that a lot of people are still not listening to the Government’s instructions, particularly younger people, it seems, judging by the footage. You can read about some of the incidents here.

It’s maybe the wiser older generation who are taking heed of the advice while the younger generation think they’re immune to it, which is not the case.

Imagine if a member of your family became ill – so people need to be taking this a bit more seriously. Some people are really not listening to this advice and they are putting people’s lives at risk. If so, they should be held accountable for their actions, whether that’s a fine or something else.

We need to work together and help each other. We also need to stay in touch with each other, but through the phone and social media and only going out when you need to.

Where my dad lives, there are 12 houses on the estate and I will take things up there for him and my uncle, and people are doing the same by picking up shopping for three or four homes, which limits the amount of people having to leave their home.

I have been quite busy at home doing stuff and it’s good to be out on the farm. Other than my partner, the only person I have come into contact with are people dropping off essential supplies for the animals, and even then we make sure there is a safe distance as advised by the government.

Even though there is no rugby or sport at the moment, I have been working with the WRU referees and community coaching department, who are in the process of setting up a question-and-answer session online so people will be able to get in touch with their questions about refereeing, coaching and playing. I will then be answering from a refereeing point of view.

I have spoken to lots of people and I think there’s going to be a realisation about how much this country is dependent on goods that are imported. We’re able to produce things here ourselves, but things are maybe a lot cheaper when they are imported – and we tend to forget that can bring up a number of moral and ethical issues in the way things are produced in other countries.

Some people have been having a go at farms recently, not realising how importing goods is making a negative contribution to our atmosphere really. Look at the figures showing the drastic changes to the air we breathe, particularly in some countries after the huge reduction in air travel, for example.

Hopefully, as a result of our current situation, we will learn to be a little more self-sufficient. Producing and buying local really is the way forward.

I have been on about this for a while, about how important it is to support our local businesses because you know where your produce is coming from and it has less of an impact on the environment, but it’s a tough time for a lot of people at the moment.

I know some people are finding it really difficult at the moment. You can have a busy lifestyle and then all of a sudden you’re in the house and you’re thinking, ‘What am I going to do?’.

If people have got money worries or feeling very isolated and alone, that can trigger mental health issues, but it’s important we do keep in touch because this can affect people in a number of different ways. Keep talking and keep in touch – it’s going to be a tough few weeks.

I think the key thing is people need to take this seriously – we’re in lockdown and if people don’t stay at home and only go out when it is absolutely necessary as per Government guidelines, this is going to last a lot longer than three weeks, but hopefully we can get this over with sooner rather than later.

I think the Government’s advice does make sense really. You want people to listen and comply with this as much as we can, but the country still needs to keep going. If everything just stops it’s going to be much worse for us, but we must only go out when it is essential.

I need to go on the farm but when I jump in my car with a pickup and get to the farm, I am the only person there. There are a lot of people who can keep working and can work in isolation. We need to do as much as we can to minimise the chances of getting this virus.

Look after yourselves and stay safe. Most importantly, stay at home when you don’t have to go out.