It seems like everyone in the nation was confused by the exact nature of Boris Johnson’s speech yesterday and what he was telling people to do and this was exemplified this morning when commuter trains were packed with people not wearing masks and then Dominic Raab appeared on LBC to explain that people should be returning to work on Wednesday, not today.
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Apparently this confusion became apparent as Boris Johnson just said ‘this week’ in his speech without any specific day. You would think someone would be reviewing his speeches and
Anyway, Raab said the following on LBC to try and clarify the situation:
The advice is that those people who can work from home should continue to work from home.
Where you can’t work from home, construction, manufacturing, those big economically valuable sectors, from Wednesday people should go back.
And we’ve done a lot of work, employers have done a lot of work to make sure they can do so in what we’re calling Covid-secure settings.
So the distancing, the hygiene, the other precaution measures are in place.
Thanks for that – really useful. Meanwhile, many other people were complaining about the fact that commuter trains were completely packed and that people weren’t wearing masks or social distancing on them as they literally had no choice but to do so due to a reduced service.
Here’s a couple of highlights:
@SadiqKhan @TfL Again at 7am Acton Town Piccadilly Line east bound: the platform is packed, train every 20mins. I feel extremely uncomfortable on a packed train heading to work at a hospital with vulnerability patients
— finsburyparkgirl (@finsburyparkgir) May 11, 2020
— Faiza Hussain (@FaizaKAPOW) May 11, 2020
An important update to the nation on coronavirus: https://t.co/tRvIjJLrCu
— Boris Johnson #StayAlert (@BorisJohnson) May 10, 2020
@BorisJohnson if you can’t work from home and want to return to work and need public transport what are your plans to keep people safe ?
80% of the public use public transport to get to work sitting on a packed train with 70 strangers is surely not the way forward
— John Slade (@Sladey132) May 11, 2020
What an absolute mess. Everyone is predicting a second wave much worse than this one if things continue like this and I’ve gotta say I probably agree with that. Given the government response so far though, who’s to say they won’t pull a massive U turn on this by tomorrow though? Such a joke.
For more of the same, check out this thread that’s going viral for explaining what’s really going on in Britain during lockdown. Crazy.