June 2021 Covid-19 Update – Freedom Day is Delayed by 4 Weeks
Last night we learned from Prime Minster, Boris Johnson, that Step 4 Covid restrictions will remain in place for a further 4 weeks, despite promises to the contrary.
People will not be returning to the workplace, and nightclubs won’t be reopening until 19 July.
The reason given is that there has been an explosion of the Delta (Indian) variant of the Covid-19 virus. And the Government wants to vaccinate more people, particularly those who have only had one jab.
Therefore, all the restrictions in Step 4 of the Government’s road map continue to apply. You can access them by clicking here
Businesses that were set to reopen fully, are understandably outraged, particularly those in the hospitality industry. It’s a massive blow for tourism as the summer approaches.
Many businesses have closed or are crippled with debt. With so many promises made and broken by the government, business owners are losing faith in it. This feeling is compounded following photos shared on social media of the G7 Summit in Cornwall.
Attendees were seen to social distance, with much bumping of elbows, for the official press photos. However, unofficial photos showed them without masks, up close and personal and not leading by example. People were rightly angered by this behaviour and asked whether the “attendees were immune, or was it just we plebs?”
Andrew Lloyd Webber has threatened legal action if theatres are not able to open at full capacity commencing 21 June 2021. The world premiere of his Cinderella musical has been scheduled for 14 July in London’s Gillian Lynne Theatre.
UK Hospitality’s Kate Nicholls said before the delay was announced that “Any delay in the roadmap would have a devastating effect on an already fragile hospitality sector. A one-month delay would cost the sector £3billion in sales and push many businesses even closer to the cliff edge of failure, meaning more job losses.”
Covid-19 cases and vaccinations
Last Friday a further 8,125 Covid cases were confirmed.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chairman of the BMA (British Medical Association) stated “With only 54.2 per cent of the adult population currently fully vaccinated and many younger people not yet eligible, there is a huge risk that prematurely relaxing all restrictions will undo the excellent work of the vaccine programme and lead to a surge of infections.”
Lie Detector Test JUK
When visiting our offices for lie detector tests, we encourage all clients to keep to the rules, disappointing though it may be that Freedom Day has been deferred.
If you feel uncomfortable visiting our offices, home tests can be arranged in most cases. Please call our Free Helpline on 0800 368 8277 for more details.
We hope that everything gets back to normal for everyone on 19 July 2021.
This is our latest June 2021 Covid-19 update and if anything changes we will update further.