Who thinks Boris Johnson is going to try to claim that the UK has won a huge victory, after announcing more easements of the Covid-19 lockdown?
And how many UK citizens are gullible enough to believe them?
Covid-19 has been a national disaster because of the Conservative government we’ve had since 2010.
Over the 10 years they have been in office, the Tories dismantled every defence we had against the rise of a pandemic of the kind that Covid-19 represents.
They cut off supplies of medical equipment that could be used to treat it, and they reduced the number of NHS beds and staff available.
When the virus arrived in the UK, they initially allowed it to rampage uncontrolled through the population. Johnson himself said on TV that we should “take it on the chin”.
His chief adviser – the rule-flouting Dominic Cummings – is said to have asked, “If a few old people die, who cares?”
They ensured that the disease had open routes to attack racial minorities and people in care homes – both groups that Tory policy indicates their government considers undesirable.
And they rigged the system of benefits they set up to keep the population on its feet during the lockdown they (eventually) imposed, to put people in their preferred classes and occupations at an advantage over others.
Now, they say pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers in England can reopen, as long as people maintain the 2m social distancing rule where possible, or a new (vague) rule of 1m+.
Two households in England will also be able to meet indoors and stay overnight – with social distancing. So we can all visit our parents but we still can’t hug them.
According to the BBC, here’s the list of businesses in England that can reopen from July 4:
The venues listed as being able to reopen include:
- Pubs, bars and restaurants but only with a table service indoors, and owners will be asked to keep contact details of customers to help with contact tracing
- Hotels, holiday apartments, campsites and caravan parks but shared facilities must be cleaned properly
- Theatres and music halls but they will not be allowed to hold live performances
- In other changes weddings will be allowed to have 30 attendees, and places of worship will be allowed to hold services but singing will be banned
- Hair salons and barbers will be able to reopen but must put protective measures, such as visors, in place
- Libraries, community centres and bingo halls
- Cinemas, museums and galleries
- Funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks, amusement arcades, skating rinks and model villages
- Indoor attractions where animals are exhibited, such as at zoos, aquariums, farms, safari parks and wildlife centres
The following places will remain closed by law
- Nightclubs and casinos
- Bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks
- Indoor play areas including soft-play
- Nail bars and beauty salons
- Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
- Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
- Swimming pools and water parks
- Exhibition or conference centres – other than for those who work for that venue.
None of the other three UK countries are relaxing their lockdown rules.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will continue as they are.
They’ll be watching England very carefully to see whether Johnson has acted too soon.
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