People grabbing takeaway coffee or food in England will have to wear a face covering.
Brandon Lewis cleared up days of uncertainty over compulsory masks that have been launched in England, and it’s now law to wear a face-covering in shops and supermarkets in England, with £100 fines for rule-breakers.
But people won’t have to wear a mask in restaurants or bars, because it’s impossible to do so while eating or drinking, but that left uncertainty over the dictates for takeaway food and drink outlets, like Pret a Manger or McDonald’s.
For days, ministers failed to clear up the situation before full laws were issued, but now Brandon Lewis stated you will have to mask up in a takeaway, depending on why you’re going there.
If you’re sitting down and eating in the takeaway, you don’t need a mask, but if you’re paying for food or drink then taking it out, you do need a mask.
Brandon Lewis said people will also need to wear masks in high street banks and indoor petrol station counters, as those are effectively a retail outlet, and he insisted the rules were reasonable common sense.
You have to sit down straight away if you’re going to eat in, and if you can sit at a table, you don’t need to wear a mask, although Brandon Lewis didn’t mention this plan and it was unclear if this was part of the official rules.
No 10 has changed the rules on masks as part of a set of new constraints in an attempt to avert a possibly catastrophic second wave this winter.
Children under 11, people with specific disabilities, those eating or drinking and companions of deaf lip-readers are among those exempt.
Shops can deny admission to people not wearing a mask and can call the police as a last option, but officers warn the law will be practically impossible to implement.
And the Association of Convenience Stores said they have urged members not to challenge customers resistant to wearing a covering, and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick recommended shop workers should only call the police if they had tried everything else.
She said, that calling the police should be the last option for dealing with a mask issue, but of course, the law is the law, and her belief was that the large preponderance of people would comply, and people who didn’t comply would be humiliated into complying or shamed into leaving the shop by the storekeepers or by other members of the public.
But what’s the point of making it law to wear a mask when the police have stated the law is unenforceable?
The police don’t even turn up to house crimes, so I doubt they will go to a store or takeaway because the staff have rung them and said someone has come in and isn’t using a mask, please come and rescue us.
This is an entirely absurd and unenforceable law, but I guess this, ‘we don’t know what we’re doing’ government needs to be seen as doing something, even if it is pointless and too little too late.
And it looks like this Brexiteer Government is prepared to slaughter as much as possible, including small shops, where it won’t be worth or indeed possible to pop in for the impulse buy as shops depend upon.
So, next time there’s a complete lockdown they won’t be there as Boris Johnson would have made them insolvent, and masks don’t make you invincible, and numerous medical personnel caught COVID 19 despite wearing masks.
Of course, this will be another Boris Johnson faecal matter, and people are getting weary of his bumbling lackadaisical failures. And the police might enforce this rule for a while but they have more important things to do with their time than to implement a so-called rule change.
If the police couldn’t enforce the lockdown properly, they certainly won’t be able to enforce mask-wearing, and this is a complete hodge-podge, and while I’m on the topic, masks should be given free on prescription for people who are entitled to free medicines because if they can give out millions to China, I’m certain they can do this for the British people.
But then that would mean that all of Scotland and Wales would get them free as they don’t pay for prescriptions and as usual, the preponderance of England would have to pay for them all.
And what loophole will apply when Dominic Cummings is caught with his pants down for not wearing a mask?
And those people who are now back at work, they will be working with people for 8 hours, and they won’t know if they have the virus or not or who they came into contact with the day before, and who might have passed the virus on, but yet they don’t have to wear a mask.
However, if you want to pop into your local shop to purchase a pint of milk and you’d literally be in and out in about 30 seconds you have to wear a mask, doesn’t make much sense, does it? But what can we expect from this government?
It appears this Government doesn’t actually have a clue, and they’re not managing this very well, and now some people are saying they won’t go to shops because they’re a lot of people in a democratic country who will refuse to wear something that they don’t believe will benefit them.
But the big question is, why didn’t they implement this at the start of the pandemic, and it makes you question if these so-called experts have any idea what we’re fighting, or perhaps they don’t, but really don’t want to tell people the truth.
And even more ridiculous, they’re telling people to go back into work, and they’re letting people hit the pubs at the weekend and then they’re going back into work – I think this government needs to take their heads out of their bum.
And now we’re allowed to go into cafes and eateries, but we don’t have to wear a mask. We can sit down on the seats, order the food and then contaminate the table and we don’t actually know if it’s been cleaned adequately for the next person.
And let’s face it, folks, would you seriously have a vaccine injected into you that’s been hurried through without the normal testing time period et cetera? The vaccine could end up killing you, and in doing so achieve what this exaggerated virus failed to do.
There’s clearly some jumbled messaging going on here, and it now appears quite deliberate, and there’s no science to back up that if you’re seated eating a burger that you can’t catch the virus, and it would seem that such mixed messaging is something that SAGE and the Behavioural Insights Team believe can shape behaviour to the discretion of authoritarian politicians.
Evidently, it’s difficult to get a doctor to give you anything to show exemption, and it will only be children under 11 who will escape the ignorance of the mask-wearing coronaphiles.
But people with genuine health reasons will face the pitiful mask shaming that will now trend, and why are staff working exempt? Now they can breathe all over you and your food in a store.
This is all quite absurd. You have to wear a mask on a bus, but the operator doesn’t, and most operators choose not to wear a mask and may have spent the day coughing and sneezing in the vehicle, contaminating the equipment you use when paying your fare, even in a contactless manner.
This is all completely unworkable, so why bother with this drama, which does nothing more than please the feeble-minded, who get some ghastly satisfaction from seeing others forced to do something they don’t want to do, in this case wearing a mask.
Have you noticed Rishi Sunak wearing a medical-grade N95 mask which filters his breath back out so he can contaminate you, but then there are loads of people wearing these masks. And he’s one of the people giving out advice, it’s like a comedy of errors.
And some people are asking why the current coronavirus has brought the world to a standstill, while a previous dangerous coronavirus, SARS, did not. Others have questioned why a vaccine is so crucially needed now to hinder the spread of the current coronavirus when a vaccine was never developed for SARS.
The tale of SARS and its novel cousin that causes COVID 19, SARS-CoV-2, reveals just how variable viruses can be, especially when they bounce from animals to humans, and understanding emerging, communicable diseases needs to be a priority.
SARS, which killed approximately one in 10 infected people and turned out to be extremely deadly, yet eventually and somewhat mysteriously vanished.
SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, was first seen in Guangdong province, China in November of 2002, when doctors there saw this unusual pneumonia, but the disease was not reported to the World Health Organisation at that time.
In February of 2003, another outbreak transpired in Hanoi, Vietnam, and a WHO officer, who later died, examined a patient there and reported a massive outbreak to the WHO main office on March 10, 2003.
Meanwhile, a doctor from Guangdong province went to Hong Kong and stayed at the Metropol Hotel, along with a number of other international travellers.
The doctor was contaminated with what we now know as SARS-CoV-1, and the virus was transmitted to at least a dozen other hotel patrons.
Two returned to Canada and took the disease there. One returned to Ireland, one to the United States. Three went to Singapore, and one to Vietnam.
In addition, several people were hospitalised in Hong Kong, leading to an outbreak in the hospital there. From that point, SARS spread to much of the world, although most cases settled in Asia.
The disease was aggressive and deadly, and patients typically showed symptoms inside two to three days.
There were few reports of any infections without symptoms, as there were with COVID 19.
The masks came out, temperature scanners were installed in all major public gathering places in China and other parts of Asia, quarantines were implemented, but the virus climaxed in late May of 2003, and then it disappeared, so perhaps the stringent quarantine measures paid off, and by July 2003, WHO announced the threat was over.
SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 are closely related viruses, and scientists think that both viruses started in bats.
The RNA genomes of the viruses are around 80 per cent identical, so what does this mean?
Our own genomes are over 98 per cent identical to those of chimpanzees, so 80 per cent seems a lot less similar, so for a virus, particularly one with an RNA genome, this is actually pretty closely related.
That’s because viruses can mutate quite quickly, and they make a lot of mistakes when they copy their genomes, and they can make thousands of copies within several hours, and the two viruses have very similar proteins on their surface and use the same proteins, or receptors, on our cell surfaces to enter the cell, and these receptors are seen in a number of different cell types.
Most studies of SARS-CoV-1 centred on the lungs because that’s where the most severe disease transpired, but both viruses can infect a number of different organs, and it’s not known how often other organs are infected with SARS-CoV-2 until there’s time to do proper post-mortems to thoroughly appreciate the way the virus causes disease.
And the scientist won’t know the actual number until they can test a lot more people, and can understand the role of people without symptoms.
With SARS-CoV-2, it takes about two weeks for the symptoms to develop, and many people don’t have any symptoms at all. So, imagine asking someone whom they’d had contact with for the last two weeks – can you exactly remember most people you had contact with for the past two days, let alone two weeks?
The crucial tool for pandemic control is extremely challenging to execute, and this would mean that the only safe thing to do, is to maintain quarantine of everyone until the pandemic was under control.
So, what about the SARS vaccine? Well, the vaccine studies for SARS-CoV-1 was started and experimented on animal models.
An inactivated whole virus was used in ferrets, nonhuman primates and mice.
All the vaccines resulted in protective immunity, but there were difficulties because the vaccines resulted in an immune disease in animals.
No human studies were done, nor were the vaccine studies taken further because the virus disappeared.
Several factors were involved at the end of SARS-CoV-1. Maybe it was the summer weather, perhaps it was the stringent quarantine of all those who had contact with infected people, but we don’t actually know why the epidemic ended – viruses are like that, unpredictable.
Many of the vaccines being developed for SARS-CoV-2 are considerably different, and many use only small portions of the virus, or the virus RNA.
This may evade the problems with SARS-CoV-1 vaccines that used more of the virus, and vaccine development has a large experimental component, with educated guesswork, seeking various things to see what works – hence why many different avenues for vaccines are being tested by various labs around the world.
But with the extensive economic penalty of Brexit coming, this country would never be able to afford it.
Over the past ten years, the Tory’s have increased our national debt by well over 500 billion so far and it’s only going to get worse.
So, wear a mask, except if you’re eating because COVID 19 supposedly has respect for those that are eating and won’t attack them, but if you’re queueing up for food, beware.
And it seems that masks offer no protection whatsoever to wearers or others. Viruses are airborne and move through the air as you breathe in or out, and this seems like it was a political decision and not a scientific one.