Radical plans have reportedly been drawn up by the Government to circumvent having a second national lockdown, and Boris Johnson halted the easing of lockdown as concerns mounted that a wave of cases in some regions of northern England could turn into a second wave.
Towns in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire have been hit with fresh constraints with social gatherings forbidden indoors and in private gardens.
In the meantime, ministers have been advised by experts that trade-offs, such as the closing of pubs, could be needed for schools to fully resume in September, and it was reported by a media outlet that a radical blueprint to circumvent a second lockdown, something the Prime Minister recently equated to the nuclear deterrent had been drawn up.
The elderly and vulnerable could be asked once again to stay at home to allow the younger, less susceptible people to continue working while keeping death rates low, and part of the improved or differential shielding methods could be to have exclusive weekly slots for the elderly to visit shops and access services.
A city-wide lockdown on London is also reportedly being considered, with constraints on travel in and out of the M25 in the event of a spike of cases in the metropolis, and a media outlet said Boris Johnson had held a war game assembly with Chancellor Rishi Sunak to run through viable alternatives for avoiding another national lockdown that could hamper any possible economic recovery.
Meanwhile tightening quarantine restrictions on those flying into the United Kingdom and harder local lockdowns than the constraints imposed last week are all under consideration.
The shift in tone from the Government comes after a small uptick in coronavirus cases nationwide over the last few weeks in the United Kingdom, but only a few weeks ago, Boris Johnson was talking of a return to normalcy by Christmas.
But since then he’s spoken of signs of a second wave in Europe, with daily cases back to over 3,000 in Spain, prompting the country to be excluded from the UK’s quarantine free travel list.
A senior Whitehall source told a media outlet that they were hopeful that quick response, regional lockdowns and quarantines will prevent the need for any more substantive response, but that they were prepared for all scenarios, and officials were currently drawing up an array of policy options to give to the Prime Minister.
Heightened shielding methods may include more people, based on ages and risk factors identified since March, and it could even see those aged between 50 and 70 given personalised risk ratings.
And they actually think they can lockdown London? They can’t even close a stretch of beach when it gets too busy, let alone the metropolis of the country, and this is going to be questionable, given the vast amounts of counties like Essex having territory well inside the M25.
And who is going to implement all of this? And if they’re going to rely on the great British public to do it, that horse bolted long ago because Dominic Cummings is still having an impact on people’s reverence for the lockdown, well done Dominic.
Let’s face it, the economy has been hammered, but it’s about health now, and a second national lockdown has been 100 per cent on the cards from the start. But lockdown will be disregarded by numerous people and the Government have been completely aware of this from the start.
And cutting off London, I have a bad feeling about this, I can see riots, and plans, what plans? Stupid and messy plans. We’ve encountered their plans of not providing PPE and not testing and doing lockdown too late.
Of course, the idea of making plans and prompt decisions are obviously great, but you’ve got to admit, they’ve made a right old mess of it and they don’t seem to be learning from their errors, and they can’t even agree on what their rules really mean.
However, people should know they still need to be careful. What bothers me is that people now think they can do as they want because of what Dominic Cummings did, and now it seems as if our Government are picking on the elderly, but a lot of elderly people need younger people to help look after them, and it’s not always possible for elderly people to get to the shops, no matter what time or who else is there.
And there are numerous people that are over 50 years old and live inside the M25 who are definitely not wealthy, and they’re herding people inside this particular area, preventing people from seeing their families – what’s next? Wearing armbands to show that we’re older and unclean.
And then there’s the issue of BAME because now there are apparently studies that have proposed that people from that community are at great risk to coronavirus than any other background, so now we have historic prejudice.
BAME stands for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, a term that describes all ethnic groups with the exclusion of White ethnic groups, and Boris Johnson doesn’t seem to have a clue what he’s doing – let’s just condemn all ethnic minorities because we’ve been doing it for hundreds of years, and Boris and the half-witted Tories aren’t fit to be running a bath, never mind a country.
So, now the current focus and attention is on BAME, inciting ethnic tensions which will eventually spill over into hate crimes, and our government act like the coronavirus is a drunken melee.
And now our government are putting restrictions on age groups, which is a complete soap opera, yet they haven’t stopped people flying into the country even from early lockdown.
I’ve never seen such a comedy show in all my life. And then you see all parents taking their children to the beach, which makes you think that our Government are taking the piddle out of us all, and is the virus as bad as they’re telling us?
The elderly and sick will always be at risk, the same as they would be with seasonal flu, but are they telling us the true figures, because they seem to have made a complete disaster, and are attempting to justify their actions now, and I feel sad for anyone who’s lost their job through these fools – it’s like nuclear fallout.
France and Spain had tighter lockdowns and restrictions than the United Kingdom did the first time around and it hasn’t contained it, so how the heck does our Government think its wishy-washy unenforced, erratic, confusing approach, changes, and silly slogans is going to stop it?
Where do these insane thick-witted ideas come from? With all these marches and protests that have been going on, toppling of statues by people that didn’t seem to understand the two-metre distance that was imposed by this so-called clown Government.
Then you have the mask saga of everyone who enters a supermarket who have got to wear a mask save children under a particular age, plus people with underlying illnesses, as well as shop workers.
This Government seems to be running this country with no sense of direction, and Boris Johnson seems to be in panic mode at the moment.
Lockdown, don’t make me laugh. People have been holding gatherings to the early hours of the morning, and the police have been going past, but do they stop, no they don’t. Lockdown is over because the British public in general just doesn’t trust this disorganised, clueless government.
This Government has lost the plot completely, and now look like a pack of comics, and now some people are ignoring everything they say, choosing instead to socially distance, regularly wash their hands and exercise common sense – of course, if you want to wear a mask, that’s up to you, but the conflicting information seen in recent weeks has exceeded even the stupidity seen prior to that.
People did obey at first, but then they thought about it, they stayed in their bubble, they washed their hands and wore masks, but if the Government now say that we can’t socialise again, I think there will be numerous people who will tell them to bug off.
So, it’s okay to ban family visiting each other, but people will be permitted to go out to work amongst 50-60 strangers? And it’s not rocket science – keep other people from abroad out of our country and stop people from our country going to other countries, even for business.
That’s how infectious diseases are spread from one country to another.
We live in an age of technology where we don’t have to travel abroad for business, everything can be done by technology now. That way we would keep the infectious disease rate down and out of other countries, including the United Kingdom.