Changes in Tiers and Tears over the New Christmas Covid-19 rules
What a week it has been with new Christmas Covid-19 rules! We started with the understanding that there would be a relaxation of restrictions over the festive period. Then with a rise in cases and hospital admissions changes were made.
On 16 December the Prime Minister addressed the nation and told us that the rules would change over the festive period. This means that 3 households can meet up over 5 days during Christmas. However, he made it clear that this was a maximum and not a target to aim for. The fewer people that meet up, the less risk there will be of transmission of the virus.
4 main considerations
Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical officer said that there were 4 main considerations including the following:
- Keep it small – the smaller the number of households that meet together, the less transmission there will be
- Keep it short – the shorter the period that people are together, the less risk there is of transmission happening
- Keep it local – because people travelling from high incidence areas to low incidence areas have the risk of passing on the virus
- Think about the vulnerable – think about people you or your family might meet like the elderly
Chris Whitty made the point that soon a vaccine will be available to the elderly and vulnerable and that people might want to consider seeing them after they have been inoculated, rather than at Christmas.
Questions from journalists were almost exclusively related to why the government had taken the decision to allow people to meet up at all.
The Prime Minister said that the government did not want to deprive people from celebrating Christmas or criminalise them for the arrangements they had already made. Without putting reasonable measures in place it was likely people would meet up anyway, he said.
Chris Whitty said that – the virus had forced them to make really hard choices between two bad options. They had tried to strike a balance between the natural wish for people to come together, loneliness and health in other areas, against the fact that the more they come together the greater the risk. Finding middle ground with the guidance that has been set out is the aim. He added “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”
The emphasis was very much on people taking personal responsibility for what they do, taking into account the guidance they have been given.
The full set of new Covid-19 rules over Christmas can be found on the government’s website by clicking here
Changes in Tiers
On 17 December Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, informed parliament that certain areas would be moving into Tier 3. He said that in South East England cases had risen by 46 percent and hospital admissions were up by a third. In the East of England cases were up by two thirds and hospital admissions had risen by nearly 50 percent. Therefore the following area would move to Tier 3
- Surrey with the exception of Waverley
- Hastings & Rother on the Kent border of East Sussex
- Havant in Hampshire
Check with your local council if you don’t know which Tier you are in.
Pub and restaurant owners in Tier 3 have been devastated and feel it is ridiculous that households are allowed to meet in private but not in their establishments. They have also drawn attention to the difficulties they are experiencing with rapid changes such as these. Food bought in for Christmas lunches which will now go to waste. Unless you are in a Tier 2 area you won’t be able to have your festive meal in the pub or restaurant that you may already have booked. People have shed tears of disappointment over this having looked forward to it for so long, only to find they have to cancel.
Other business owners are throwing their business models in the bin regularly because it is impossible to plan ahead.
Drunk on power in Wales
Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, has taken some serious criticism on social media platforms since he decided to break ranks with the government. Non-essential shops including hairdressers, fitness centres etc., will be closed from the end of the day on Christmas Eve. All hospitality services including restaurants and pubs will be closed from 6pm on Christmas Day. On 28 December there will be a full lockdown. He blames “selfish behaviour” for the failure of the previous lockdown.
His full address to the public can be access by clicking here
Mr Drakeford is not a very popular person it would appear which is not surprising since he seems to be drunk on power.
And all of this for a virus with a 99.8% recovery rate!
The narrative throughout the pandemic has been that restrictions have been put in place so that the NHS is not overwhelmed. The new Christmas Covid-19 rules are no different. However, what makes no sense at all is that the Nightingale Hospitals were built to take the pressure off the NHS. Some argue that there aren’t enough medical personnel to staff them. But if that’s the case why go to the expense of building them at all? Also the NHS has been complaining for some time that they are short of around 100,000 beds. If they have enough staff for an extra 100,000 beds then why don’t they have enough for the Nightingale Hospitals? And why can’t military medical staff be brought in?
Since the media only tends to ask ‘gotcha’ questions nowadays perhaps it might consider asking something people really want to know, such as the above.
This pandemic has raised a lot of questions since it began. Many people don’t believe the official narratives spun daily by politicians or medical officers. This is not unique to the UK. The same scepticism exists worldwide.
Lie detector tests
What questions would you like answers to? Should we offer lie detector tests to anyone to see if we can extract the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
Update: 19/12/2020 6pm
As of midnight tonight certain areas have been put into Tier 4 lockdown. This is due to the alleged discovery of a mutation of Covid-19 which is more “transmissible” according to the government and Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer.
Full list or areas where Christmas is cancelled aka Tier 4 areas: –
- All of London
- Surrey (excluding Waverley)
- Rother & Hastings
- Central Bedfordshire
- Milton Keynes
- Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring)