New Rules about staying at home.

NEW RULES ON STAYING AT HOME AND AWAY FROM OTHERS

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

 CoronaWatchUK Comment :
This is fantastically clever wording. It ignores the fact that you only need a handful of corona virus sufferers to be found when lockdown stops for this all to start again unless there is a vaccine available.

What happened to isolate the vulnerable and the people dealing with the vulnerable and allow COVID19 to take its course when most people will have mild symptoms and so that herd immunity can develop.
Is it possible that the single most important action is to stay at home and hope for a miracle because successive Governments have run the NHS into the ground so there is no spare capacity in normal times and such underinvestment that it can’t cope anymore….and the politicians are now scared of the backlash.No-one is saying COVID19 isn’t a serious illness, but the destruction of the world economy and the UK economy is going to create more deaths than COVID would.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection.

CoronaWatchUK Comment :
Only until lockdown is lifted or a vaccine developed. Without herd immunity or a vaccine, it will spread again as soon as lockdown is lifted.

 That is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.

1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
CoronaWatchUK Comment :
Under what powers? The 20th March Corona Virus Bill has no such powers.

2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
CoronaWatchUK Comment :
A completely disproportionate response for just 355 deaths. Yes, the deaths are tragic, but we haven’t banned cars when 9500 people die annually in London from air pollution (Source Guardian 15.7.2015) and 2500 are killed by car collisions every year (Source WHO)

3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

CoronaWatchUK Comment :
A completely disproportionate response – this depends on distance, location and a whole host of other factors and it is doubtful that the powers in the 20th March Corona Virus Bill do this.

Every citizen must comply with these new measures.

The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

CoronaWatchUK Comment :
Under what powers? The 20th March Corona Virus Bill has very much more restricted powers.

 These measures are effective immediately.

 The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

 1.STAYING AT HOME You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.

 ● Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.

 ● One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
CoronaWatchUK Comment :
A completely disproportionate response. Government has no powers in the 20th March Corona Virus Bill to impose this.

 ● Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
CoronaWatchUK Comment :
A completely disproportionate response. Government has no such powers in the 20th March Corona Virus Bill to impose this. Many people who are compromised and still have to work as self-employed have no support (unlike the employed) need to exercise more than once a day.

● Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

So…life as normal for most where they can’t work from home.

 These four reasons are exceptions

CoronaWatchUK Comment :
Exceptions mean that as long as you are doing this, then you should be immune from police harassment.

 – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
CoronaWatchUK Comment :
Good advice

 These measures must be followed by everyone.

CoronaWatchUK Comment :
Good advice…but it is a should, not a must… Government has no such powers in the 20th March Corona Virus Bill to impose this….(ignoring arguments about herd immunity).

 Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.

CoronaWatchUK Comment :
Yes, if you are vulnerable or you are living with somebody who is vulnerable than you should be seeking separate advice and you should be limiting your contact as far as possible.

 If you work in a critical sector outlined in this guidance, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school.

 2. CLOSING NON-ESSENTIAL SHOPS AND PUBLIC SPACES

Last week, the Government ordered certain businesses – including pubs, cinemas and theatres – to close.

 The Government is now extending this requirement to a further set of businesses and other venues, including:

● all non-essential retail stores – this will include clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets.

Where applicable, this includes moving children under 18 between their parents’ homes.
CoronaWatchUK Comment
It would appear that the author has never heard of the Conventions on Human Rights and the Rights of the Child. This is a wholly disproportionate and ridiculous idea, except where the child would come into contact with a vulnerable person by moving.

 ● libraries, community centres, and youth centres.

 ● indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.

 ● communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.

 ● places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.

 ● hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).

More detailed information can be found here, including a full list of those businesses and other venues that must close.

 Businesses and other venues not on this list may remain open.

3. STOPPING PUBLIC GATHERINGS
 To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people.

 There are only two exceptions to this rule:
● where the gathering is of a group of people who live together – this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.

 ● where the gathering is essential for work purposes – but workers should be trying to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.

CoronaWatchUK Comment
We are aware and have been for many years that one of the best places to catch and spread viral illness is the workplace. In light of the other restrictions purported to be put in place by the Government, this exception makes no sense.

 In addition, the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. This will exclude funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.

 DELIVERING THESE NEW MEASURES

These measures will reduce our day to day contact with other people.

CoronaWatchUK Comment
This is undoubtedly true, but the question is whether this is a legitimate and proportionate response or whether this is governments panicking because they have all run down the health services in the name of austerity while spending at the same time on vanity projects (such as HS2 in the UK).

 They are a vital part of our efforts to reduce the rate of transmission of coronavirus.

CoronaWatchUK Comment
This is undoubtedly true, but largely due to the weeks and weeks of inaction after the Wuhan crisis was announced and the failure to properly prepare for a pandemic by the governments.

 Every citizen is instructed to comply with these new measures.

 The Government will therefore be ensuring the police and other relevant authorities have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply.

 They will initially last for the three weeks from 23 March, at which point the Government will look at them again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

CoronaWatchUK Comment
This is evidence conclusively that this is not about slowing down the spread of COVID-19 but about the government recognising that it is run the NHS into the ground so much that it can no longer cope with a small increase in cases over the normal problems of influenza and that the government is hoping that the better weather, typically occurring after Easter will present it with a lifeline to avoid public condemnation.

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