Life must go on

I appreciate that this is a very difficult time for government, and I have been mainly supportive of the FM's efforts in the past, but I can not see the logic in just stopping people drinking for 16 days. I do understand that stopping pubs opening all night may help as the more people drink, the less likely they are to be careful, but to say we can go to a restaurant, mixing with staff and customers, but we can not have a wine with our meal? Seems a strange decision.

Something has to give here, this thing isn't going away and locking people in their homes/stopping them drinking/restricting travel/etc is not a long term solution. For most of the population it does appear to be just mild symptoms, so focus should now be on protecting the more vulnerable and letting the others get on with it for their own, and the economy's, wellbeing. And make people take responsibility for their own actions - Mr Johnson's line about "Don't kill your Granny" is a good one, just make people understand that although they are allowed to do things to keep the country moving, they need to be more careful when with the vulnerable. Maybe we need to have face mask compulsory at all times when in crowded areas like main streets in the cities, where people seem to wander aimlessly - and have "keep left" as mandatory on footpaths would help.

And scientists are pushing for more herd immunity rather than blanket restrictive measures

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More people are dying of unrelated illnesses than those related to covid, due to no operations, health appointments, etc. The economy is dying, so many businesses have already closed, and this 16 day closure will kill many more. We have to balance things, and at present covid is winning hands down - these closure steps do not seem the answer, we must continue to live life, whilst taking precautions of course.

by ken7 on October 08, 2020 at 10:56AM

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  • Posted by GBI October 08, 2020 at 20:48

    As noted in this sensible comment the virus is not going away anytime soon.
    Asymptotic individuals are going to be in society until a vaccine comes. There is no guarantee that a vaccine can help everyone.
    The restrictions imposed on the 7th October on socialising are just pushing the problem to future months. It is laughable to think meeting an elderly relative in a cafe(with multiple persons who may be asymptomatic) carries less risk than meeting them privately(at a social distance) in their home. Society knows it is here and it is up to an individual to look after themselves and their nearest & dearest.
    If an individual is forced out of work how long will it be until the rent/mortgage cannot be paid and the stress impacts thousands of families.
    Mass mental and economic suffering for the aim of preventing a virus reaching those most at risk now seems a policy choice which needs to be changed.
    A cautionary approach by individuals is required not a nanny state.

  • Posted by Pipkins October 10, 2020 at 15:28

    Very sad that in a pandemic that has killed tens of thousands in the UK and resulted in many people of all ages experiencing long terms health problems that some people think that this is a price worth paying to allow them to carry on with their social lives with as though nothing has happened. Life is not going on for many and the title of this idea is an insult to their memory. And there is no evidence that herd immunity is possible. To say "scientists are pushing for more herd immunity" is similar to saying that scientist say that climate change doesn't exist. A few might think so but as others have said this is a minority view.

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