all new Phil wrote: ↑Fri 21 Jan, 2022 00.28
I’m interested - do we think the easing / abolition of COVID restrictions are…
a) spot on
c) somewhere in between?
I'd go for 'c'.
The cases have fallen sharply and hospitalisations are beginning to fall, so it was right for at least some measures to be lifted. Removal of the 'work from home' rule should help a lot of businesses that rely on commuters, as well as TFL and other public transport companies.
However I feel the use of face coverings on public transport perhaps should have been kept for at least a couple more weeks as a precaution. I suspect the reason for not keeping face coverings is due to the politics than economics. It would have required another vote, which would have relied on Labour support and disgruntled more of the Tory backbench, who might be tipped into sending off their letter of no confidence.
The removal of Covid passports for venues is another which presumably has more to do with politics. Arguably their purpose was as a way to nudge people into getting their first and/or second vaccine. I suppose as two (or in some cases three) doses are still needed for overseas travel there's still a nudge there, which from what I've been told is the reason behind some still only now coming for their first dose.