Prior to Lockdown
On March 21st 2020, prior to England entering any sort of Covid-19 lockdown I wrote a blog post about my feelings that Boris Johnson was moving far too slowly with lockdown.
If I start venting on here about something it means I’m concerned. Now I was really concerned about Covid. Not many other people were, including our own Government.
Thankfully on the 23rd of March we entered into a light lockdown that limited our movements and shut down many businesses. Due to this a furlough scheme was introduced and as I write many people have still not gone back to work. The economy is in big trouble and in 9 days many more businesses, including pubs, will reopen to try and stimulate some kind of reversal to the impending recession.
Three months down the line it is obvious that the Government have really messed up with Covid. They did not heed the lessons from other countries and locked down far too late which has no doubt cost many thousands of lives. We have some of the worst excess death figures in the world, the worst figures in Europe and a Government that refuses to take any responsibility.
But let us not dwell on the past. All this will come out in the future public enquiry I will have these posts to refer to that it was me, in fact, the centre ground, evidence based Joe Bloggs who seemed to have a better understanding of Covid than the Government…
I said we were acting too slowly, we should lock down hard, that we should use the example of Italy who were two weeks ahead of us, but that was all ridiculed. Now in the UK we have 150+ deaths per day where some European countries are reporting single figure deaths.
We have opened up shops but the weekend of the 4th July will see pubs open. Initially we thought that pubs would reopen using beer gardens but they are fully opening as long as they can stick to social distancing measures.
Shops are a risk but we’ve been shopping in supermarkets throughout so I’m not sure that this will cause Covid cases to rise but I am worried about pubs.
I’m not sure how sitting inside a small building with lots of other people who are drunk is a great idea. It seems like the last thing you’d want to do to slow the spread of an airborne virus. Then to open these premises on a SATURDAY when most people are off work and on the 4th July which is synonymous with independence and celebration just seems a little bit crazy. Just like it was when Boris said don’t go in pubs but didn’t close them, or when he gave them a few hours notice that they were closing that everyone used as an excuse for one last hurrah. Like I say, crazy.
I hope I’m wrong, I really do, but I’m thinking that we’ll see cases rising by mid-August. And I also think that we may have to lock back down as the app-less track and trace system that the Government has created is not fit for purpose. But I hope I’m wrong.
Personally I don’t think I’ll be off to the pubs anytime soon. Maybe to the odd beer garden for a pint but not if it’s busy. I think it’s a bit reckless to be sat inside with a load of strangers for hours getting drunk whilst our daily death rate is so high, but that’s just me.