The British government has further relaxed its controls on the outbreak, with restaurants and bars in England returning to business on Saturday (4th), the day of Britain’s Independence Day, and locals being able to go out for the first time in more than three months for their first night out, the BBC reported Friday. But the British government stressed that “the crisis is not over” and called on people to continue to adhere to social norms and avoid close contact. The British government has sharply relaxed its vaccination measures in an attempt to give impetus to the economic restart.
However, business and services will continue to face greater operational pressure strain due to restrictions on social travel, and the prospects for a medium- and long-term recovery in the UK economy remain uncertain.
“Super Saturday” fills the bar.
According to government regulations, public services and entertainment facilities such as restaurants, bars, cinemas, barbershops and theme parks in England reopened on July 4, the BBC reported. In addition, restaurants and bars in Northern Ireland have resumed business on the 3rd, the above facilities in Scotland will resume business on the 6th, Wales has not yet announced the resumption of business date. The reopening of restaurants and bars in most parts of the UK marks “iconic progress” in the UK’s battle with the new crown, the Guardian said.
4 is known as “Super Saturday” and coincides with Britain’s Independence Day, when the prime minister’s official residence, 10 Downing Street and some london landmarks, lit up in blue that night to pay tribute to the British people who died in the new crown outbreak. More people are drinking and celebrating. According to the Daily Mail, the British drink about 15m pints (about 0.568 litres) of wine in 23,000 bars and restaurants in just four days. Although the ban came into effect at midnight on the 4th, the British government specifically requires pubs to wait until 6am to open their doors in order to prevent people from partying in the middle of the night. But some people still have a special alarm clock, get up in the morning, waiting in line for the bar to open.
However, because the control of the epidemic has not been completely lifted, people can not gather in large numbers of noise, business hours are limited, many drinkers said that waiting for a long time, but “the expected gap between the reality” “drink is not too addictive”. British police said that on the evening of the 4th in some parts of the bar “disorder and violation of social segregation rules”, the police have stepped in to deal with. The Guardian says the British government is trying to ease the ban to restart the economy, and fears a resurgence of the outbreak.
The BBC said that on the 4th day, in addition to the bar, a large number of outdoor recreational facilities have also reopened. On the day of the day, Britain was rainy, but the people who had been smothered at home for too long still walked out of their homes and went to parks, playgrounds and other places to play. Most people wear masks and maintain a “social distance”, but many still do not wear masks. On the same day, barber shops across the UK were full, their hair was cluttered for months and people rushed to trim their hair, leaving many of them open late into the night.
The narrowing of the social distance is worrying.
On the 3rd day before Super Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned people that “the crisis is not over, the virus is still around”, warned them not to take it lightly and stressed that if the outbreak re-emerges, the government will immediately suspend the current measures and tighten controls again. Under British government rules, the “social distance” after the ban was relaxed was reduced from two metres to one metre, but people were still asked to “exercise restraint and avoid approach”. However, the UK government does not have a clear and open guideline sedatiby framework for the specific relaxation of the social ban on different occasions. Some Labour MPs have criticised the government’s message of confusion, which has left the public at a loss and poses a large security risk.
Despite the slowdown, the number of new crown deaths in the UK is still the highest in Europe, with more than 44,000 on July 5. Robert West, an infectious disease scientist at the University of London, said the UK would continue to add about 20,000 people a week, of whom about 1,000 died, with neither infection and mortality falling much in the short term. The spread rate of the “R-word” virus (the average number of people around each patient) rose to 0.8-1.1 this week from 0.6-0.9 per patient, according to the British Medical Service. It is indicative that the outbreak in the UK’s central cities is on the rise in the context of the relaxation of social bans. Medical sources warn that, despite some signs of optimism, the UK is far from containing the new crown, with the government having to monitor the country’s changes more closely and prepare ahead for the risk of large-scale infections as people leave their homes.
The economy or health, the government doesnot think well?
According to the Daily Express, the official Twitter account of Prime Minister Johnson’s office, 10 Downing Street, updated a tweet on Thursday warning the public to only meet others outdoors. The tweet read: “Regardless of the weather, you can only meet different people outside. The report said the tweet contradicted new rules for the reopening of bars, restaurants, museums, hotels and other businesses. After the problem was discovered, 10 Downing Street quickly deleted the tweet. In response, Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan said the deletion of 10 Downing Street shown they were aware of the tweet’s content as “complete nonsense” and that “they were completely incompetent.”
Bloomberg reported that the British government’s “risk-taking ban” has given the economy some momentum for growth, but this is not sustainable. The perception that Mr Johnson’s twitter contradictions also reflects, from one side, that the British government does not seem to have a good idea of how to balance economic development and public health.