(Right Country) – The coronavirus crisis has millions of people all across the world under stay-at-home orders, secluded from friends and family, living like recluses. Despite the fact that some fresh air and vitamin D in the form of sunshine would do a world of good for many, governments like the UK are urging people to resist the desire to get outdoors when nice weather arrives.
In the UK, meteorologists are reporting that this weekend should be bringing in a “mini-heatwave.” While this would normally be an exciting prospect, the government, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is insisting people continue to remain locked up in their own houses.
Another quick update from me on our campaign against #coronavirus.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 3, 2020
While citizens are still permitted to spend time in their private gardens, this is cold comfort for those living in dense urban areas, who may live in high-rise buildings and may not have access to private green spaces at all.
First to speak out was Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who remains in isolation after contracting the Chinese virus, releasing a video update from his official residence in Downing Street. After explaining that he was still experiencing a temperature, he repeated the government’s warnings for the public to not go out except in a very limited set of circumstances.
“I just want to say one crucial thing, one quick thing to everybody thinking about this weekend and what may be some fine weather,” he said.
“Because I reckon a lot of people will be starting to think ‘this is all going on for quite a long time’, and they’d rather be getting out there, particularly if you’ve got kids in the household, everyone may be getting a bit stir-crazy and there may be just a temptation to get out there, hang out, and start to break the regulations. And I just urge you not to do that. Please, please stick with the guidance now… stay at home, folks.”
Despite the unambiguous nature of the Prime Minister’s comments, there has been some confusion over what precisely is acceptable. While public meetings of more than two people are banned in the United Kingdom, there is an exception if those seen in a public place together live together, meaning they are all from the same locked-down group.
Reflecting this potential for families who are already permitted to be together to have a nice weekend, the health secretary Matt Hancock was asked whether it would be permissible for family units to go outside and enjoy the sun together this weekend. This, he said, would not be possible.
The health secretary said: “on what people should do over the weekend, it is incredibly important that people follow the guidelines. And I know it is going to be sunny, and it may be tempting, but its staying at home that saves lives, and I think we should just be absolutely crystal clear about that.
“The guidelines have been set out in terms of people going out for exercise reasons, either on their own or with people in their household; people need to stick to the guidelines.”
Under the new regulations — which are not set out by law, but rather, as former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption puts it, “minister’s preference” enforced by police — British residents are allowed outside for a small number of reasons, including urgent food shopping, getting medication or going to hospital, essential work, and exercise.
Neighbors are being asked to spy on and snitch on each other for breaking quarantine law. There’s even a hotline that has been set up for this express purpose.
Fines are being handed out by police officers who are not satisfied with the reasons citizens give for their being outside of their houses. The UK is under a police state right now, folks. It’s only a matter of time before we find ourselves under the same type of tyranny right here in America.
Whatever you do, don’t be the kind of American who “snitches” on your neighbors for violating quarantine rules.