Coronavirus: Wales starts easing the lockdown – one rule at a time

The Welsh government has announced that it is easing lockdown restrictions – but only one part of them, and for a very good reason.

From Monday, people from two different households in the same local area will be able to meet up outdoors. They must continue to maintain social distancing and strict hand hygiene.

As a general rule, people will not be allowed to travel more than five miles for these meetings – which comes hard for those of us in rural areas who have friends more than five miles away that we haven’t seen in nearly three months.

There will be exceptions including travelling to work, shopping for essentials that aren’t available locally, and to seek care.

That last exception seems to be an attempt to legitimise behaviour like Dominic Cummings’s trip from London to Durham, which caused a hugely embarrassing scandal that the Tory government has been trying to silence for the last week.

The reason for lifting just one rule at a time is simple, as First Minister Mark Drakeford was told:

“Making more than one significant relaxation was too dangerous because if the infection rate went up, it would not be clear what had caused it.”

Contrast that with Boris Johnson’s idiotic rush to get everybody back to work as soon as possible, and damn the consequences!

Is it any wonder that this decision has been followed by another one – to stop showing the daily number of Covid-19-related deaths?

Source: Why the Welsh Government is only making one major lockdown change | Wales – ITV News

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  1. Noyous Body May 29, 2020 at 11:42 am - Reply

    For once Mike, you’ve called this out wrong – Welsh NHS patients, elderly & disabled are not being protected or ‘saved’ (many have been forced to give sensitive information and sign Do Not Treat & Resuscitate orders and healthy patients moved onto CV wards & nursing homes!!) Drakeford’s administration has done its own U turns so often that many are only listening to UK and not ‘Welsh law’ – which is just the UK guidance that despite concerns, was not even amended by a single AM
    /MS, and promptly shut down democracy, and as one AM/Ms put it, because they are scared and frightened. No-one should be coerced by fear to vote to abolish fundamental rights. The data & testing situation especially, is so bad, that it should NEVER have been used as an excuse to take such rights away. Plus we keep being told porkies about the virus. Mark our words, this is nothing to do with ‘safety’ and all to do with control.

    • Mike Sivier May 30, 2020 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      As you know perfectly well from reading This Site, I have already covered the DNAR scandal in great detail and this article does not refer to it – which is a matter involving the NHS – but to the easing of lockdown restrictions imposed by government (in Wales’s case, the National Assembly). As for the rest of your comment: you seem confused.

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