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- Jan 3, 2018
without getting political, it's all a messaging thing. people sitting in a quiet part of the park aren't really at risk of infection or onwards transmission, but it's easy to use 'non-compliance' as a reason for why cases continue to grow. The cases we're seeing now are from when schools and unis were still open, Cheltenham went ahead etc. There's a pivoting that's happening now. The fact we're discussing this rather than the other policies and issues you rightly mention is probably proof that this messaging is working for the government.The current requirements - if not some of the enforcement - seem sensible to me.
Not everyone lives in large houses with gardens so asking people to stay in doors without fresh air and exercise will store up different health issues, both physical and mental. There needs to be a balance struck between the two.
I'd suggest the enforcement needs to be more focused on the risk the activity poses (is someone sitting alone on the grass in a park with nobody within 20m of them really posing a risk?) and I'm not sure to what extent publicising "offenders" will embolden others rather than dissuade.
My bigger issue is that we should be making better use of the time we are buying with lcokdown with widespread testing - not just of politicians and royalty/NHS - to better understand who is contagious and who has recovered/escaped lightly.
I agree there needs to be more consistent and reasonable enforcement. The government has given the police a pretty broad law to work under, and various reports on social media about how they're behaving are grim. But on the flip side, they're at the frontline and at significant risk themselves, so it's a thankless task in many ways.