Measures provisionally agreed and may last 6 months or more – but Tories’ misplaced obsession with pubs and determination to ignore schools continue
Liverpool is set to be put into ‘Tier 3’ lockdown this week – the strictest of the government’s new 3-tier system.
Measures agree include the closure of pubs and gyms, alongside betting establishments, but restaurants will remain open. The lockdown could last 6 months or more, although supposedly it will be reviewed monthly. The move reflects the Tories’ continued obsession with indoor hospitality – which represents only 4% of new cases in the second wave – while ignoring educational settings, which represent 38%.
In addition, hairdressers, gyms and sports/leisure centres are expected to close, while public transport will be cut back and non-essential travel banned.
The Tories’ wilful blindness on education goes as far as ordering track and trace operatives not to trace contacts of anyone who works or studies in school or university – even though those settings form the vast bulk of new infections and are driving the second wave, as the government’s own SAGE scientists warned months ago.
Local political leaders have agreed some measures but say that Boris Johnson is still not giving them enough involvement in the decisions or providing enough support for those whose livelihoods will be hit – and that their expert advice on transmission in hospitality emphatically does not support his fixation with hospitality.
If schools and workplaces are not locked down, the other measures are likely to be fruitless – and therefore hugely and unnecessarily prolonged for every area affected.
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