The nation reacts to Boris Johnson's delayed Lockdown 2 press conference
Lockdown 2.0 is imminent
Finally, then, England now has a clearer picture on how the month ahead will look (or does it?), thanks to some graphs. Lots and lots of graphs, actually. So many graphs that, when we eventually close our eyes tonight, we will still see graphs on the back of eyelids.
After Friday night's leak that Lockdown 2.0 is imminent, Boris Johnson confirmed as much in his Saturday
afternoon evening press conference from Downing Street.
The new measures will see non-essential retail and hospitality close but, unlike the first lockdown in the spring, schools, colleges and universities will be permitted to remain open.
Travel has also been restricted to essential trips only. You may only leave home for work, medical reasons or essential travel.
In short, the prime minister said you can only leave your house for the following:
- for education
- for work, if you cannot work from home
- for exercise and recreation outdoors
- for medical reasons
- to shop for food and essentials
- to care for others
The restrictions are to begin on Thursday, ending on December 2nd.
*serious voice ends*
Initial reports had claimed the press conference would begin at 4pm, only for it to be swiftly be put back to 5... then 6:30. No idea what time it actually started in the end, to be honest.
The irony of the big announcement being delayed wasn't lost on many...
They’re delaying the press conference announcing a delayed lockdown. Is this a fucking art installation
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) October 31, 2020
With multiple delays at least keeping some entertained...
— Daniel Desborough (@daniel_des_) October 31, 2020
But hey, as serious as all this might seem, at least the PM knew the *real* priority - wrapping things up in time for Strictly Come Dancing
Insiders insist there’s been no trouble. PM had to squeeze three days prep - calls, briefings, writing - for the big announcement into a few hours thanks to last night’s National lockdown leak. No 10 well aware that @bbcstrictly is on at 7.15 pm.
— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) October 31, 2020
Then came the graph chat. Lots and lots of graph chat.
Inevitably, Chad Kroeger memes were everywhere...
Others pondered why the government didn't just give Marcelo Bielsa a bell to simplify things...
Because... well, look at the state of this...
Rarely has something so important, been made so hard to understand, for so many. The slides not fitting on the screen. A firehose of graphs rather than simple take away headlines. Someone please get a designer involved. #DeathByPowerpoint #Lockdown2 pic.twitter.com/bfiRZvJhkx
— Conor Ward (@UXMuch) October 31, 2020
— Josh Barton (@bartonj2410) October 31, 2020
The slides don’t fit on the fucking screen.
— Rob Beckett (@robbeckettcomic) October 31, 2020
Still. At least everyone has a decent idea of what to dress as next Halloween. Assuming Lockdown 3.0 or 4.0 isn't in full swing by then...
Next Halloween I’m going as a graph
— Marina Hyde (@MarinaHyde) October 31, 2020