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Boris bottles ‘freedom day’ by swapping legal restrictions for ‘moral’ enforcement – and leaving the door open to more lockdowns

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On Monday evening, Boris Johnson announced that England would move to Step 4 of the Covid ‘roadmap’ soon, on July 19. This was due to be the day when all legal restrictions were to be lifted and life was going to get back to normal. In one sense, that will happen. But the announcement was accompanied by caveats, guidance and threats of more clampdowns.

First the good news: legal enforcement of most lockdown measures will finally end. Pubs, nightclubs and more will be able to operate normally. Face masks will no longer be legally enforced, either, but individual transport operators and businesses can continue to make their own rules.

However, it is wrong to say that all legal restrictions have gone. The 'test, trace, isolate' (TTI) system remains in place and it is creating huge problems. Not only do people who have tested positive need to isolate themselves, but their named contacts (or those who get 'pinged' by the app) will have to do so, too. These rules are even stronger than the wider lockdown rules at the height of the pandemic. People who are told to isolate are not allowed to leave their homes for any reason nor may they receive visitors for 10 days after their last contact with the infected person. If you develop symptoms, you get a test and if it is positive, the 10-day period starts all over again.

Asking infectious people to isolate themselves seems reasonable. But asking the same of many people who have merely been in contact with someone who has tested positive, this cannot work. There is no get-out clause if you test negative or if you have been fully vaccinated. No wonder that many smaller businesses are terrified of being shut down for up to two weeks because one........

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