Yet again, Tories’ restrictions make no sense and exclude things we know are pushing up the rate of transmission
The Tories know a number of things are driving up the ‘R rate’ of coronavirus transmission. They say so themselves.
‘SAGE’ group scientists admitted before the return to school began that it would push the infection rate up. Public transport and other enclosed spaces are known to be the prime environment for the virus to spread. And Matt Hancock told MPs this week that the escalation of the outbreak in Bolton has been fuelled by pubs:
Public health experts have also said they know from the experience of other countries that the re-opening of indoor hospitality spaces like pubs and restaurants is inevitably followed within a few weeks by a sharp growth in the number of cases.
Yet the only limitation on visits to pubs and restaurants in the government’s new restrictions, which come into force on Monday, is that you can’t go with more than five other friends and family you’ll probably be spending time with in other locations anyway.
Going to sit on your own or in a smaller group in a busy pub full of people you don’t know is still allowed – even though community infections are at the highest level in almost five months the Tories’ test-and-trace system is in chaos and the ‘world-beating’ app is now light-years away.
So you can catch the virus from people you live with or see regularly – but you can’t catch it from strangers. Apparently.
You can sit inside in a room full of colleagues or fellow students – but not outside with more than five people you know. The government is taking the you-know-what.
The new restrictions are a sham. The most important drivers of the second wave of the pandemic that the Tories know is coming and are planning for from the beginning of October have been excluded from them, in favour of restrictions on how many family members you can see.
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