Two meters? One meter plus? Social distancing rules prompt fierce debate in U.K.
Since Johnson ordered the United Kingdom into lockdown in March, Brits have been instructed — over and over — to please keep two meters of social distance between themselves to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed at least 42,731 people here so far, the highest death toll in Europe.
But Johnson earlier this month ordered a government review of the distancing rules and is widely expected this week to endorse a new “one-meter-plus” fudge.
A policy shift is possible now, Johnson’s ministers say, because virus transmission is under control in Britain, with infections, hospitalizations and deaths falling. The prime minister appears prepared to signal an end to the national lockdown and announce that hotels, restaurants and pubs in England can reopen — with precautions — in early July. Leaders in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are considering a similar relaxation of restrictions.
The overhaul of the distancing rule is also happening under intense political pressure and amid deep economic fear, from the board rooms …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]