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01st Jul 2021

Boris Johnson admits ‘extra precautions’ may be needed after July 19 ‘freedom day’

Kieran Galpin

Mystery surrounds Terminus day like a Hollyoaks cliffhanger

Mr Indecisive, or as he is commonly known, Boris Johnson, has yet again altered his views on the pandemic. He has now stated how “extra precautions” may need to be employed following ‘Freedom day’.

Of course, we all remember the 19th of June when the rules were meant to be lifted. We had heard whispers for weeks, but that did not influence the adverse reaction demonstrated by the public. People were outraged, but others called for caution at this time. Decisions around lifting the lockdown should not be taken lightly, but that obviously hasn’t gone down well with the vast majority of people.

The PM explained his reasoning to reporters:

“I know how impatient people are to get back to total normality, as indeed am I.

“I will be setting in the course of the next few days what step four will look like exactly.

“But I think I’ve said it before, we’ll be wanting to go back to a world that is as close to the status quo, anti-Covid, as possible. Try to get back to life as close to it was before Covid.

“But there may be some things we have to do, extra precautions that we have to take, but I’ll be setting them out.”

The use of the word impatient will undoubtedly enrage people; after all, they have endured the pandemic for over a year. However, it is surely better safe than sorry?

Regardless of your position on lifting restrictions, we are all unified in wanting this nightmare to be over. The Independent reports that polls show the vast majority of people support lockdowns if they aid in public health and safety. However, a minority of Tory MPs and the anti-mask and anti-vaxxers are very vocal about their feelings towards restrictions.

The PM has stated that come Terminus day; restrictions will be lifted and be returned “pretty much life before Covid.”

However, life before covid would imply clubs reopening, festivals going ahead, and people being able to meet with no restrictions on the amount in attendence. This would undeniably aid the economy and mental health, but at what cost? As the Delta Variant still runs rampant, are things returning to normal too good to be true?