Police and anti-lockdown protesters clash outside the Houses of Parliament with spirits seething in Westminster as “Freedom day“in the UK hit half a day. And according to the ONS, their concerns seem to be shared by those less likely to throw a bottle too.
The Reg saw reports of a blocked road as protesters throwing glass took to the streets today, as many Covid restrictions must be relaxed as a precursor to normal life. The catch is, for a lot of people, it just doesn’t feel like it.
The official line is that across the country – to a greater or lesser extent depending on where you live, work or travel – many restrictions are being lifted with a shift in emphasis on greater personal judgment and greater personal judgment. greater responsibility.
But according to the latest weekly opinion and lifestyle survey of the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the nation’s gradual unlocking is likely to be slow and cautious, with more than half (57%) expressing concern about plans to lift legal restrictions that have shaped people’s lives over the past 18 months.
Fortunately, nine in 10 people said they ‘felt’ wearing a mask and keeping away from strangers helped slow the spread of COVID-19, with two-thirds (64%) of those polled saying they still planned to cover your face in stores.
If you are traveling by public transport, there is bad news. Only two-thirds of those polled said they plan to continue wearing masks on buses and trains, while six in 10 said they plan to avoid crowded places.
Transport to London said people would still be required to wear face coverings on public transport unless they were “exempt”.
Southwestern Railway – which serves London Waterloo – said it had “removed advice on social distancing and expects passengers, out of respect for others, to wear face covers in crowded places”.
Track and trace ping-demic: BoJo and co slow down the vaccine
It all comes in the middle of the sequel concerns about the NHS tracking and tracing application. Last week, more than 500,000 people were ‘nuts’ and ordered to self-isolate – including Prime Minister Boris Johnson among other senior politicians, which created further confusion as business leaders called for clarity and leadership.
“Again, the reopening of the economy is hampered by poor communication and conflicting messages,” said Dr Roger Barker, director of policy at the Institute of Directors.
“The latest guidelines for companies make it clear that by law companies must not allow a self-isolating worker to come to work. But, at the same time, ministers are telling the media that the application is merely advisory.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak also came under heavy fire over the weekend after suggesting that they themselves would participate in a “pilot program” where they would be allowed to continue to operate. work and avoid isolation. It has gone like a sick bag with citizens as industries across the country continue to be hit by staff shortages caused by self-quarantine rules, dubbed by the British press the “pingdemia”.
The pair did an about-face after the backlash and vowed to self-isolate. Nobody mentions Barnard’s Castle, eh? ®