I thought the two week half term lockdown was nailed on a month ago. That was the big rumour then. But UK party politics mean it is now unlikely to happen. Any circuit breaker is simply delaying the rise, that has been admitted by the scientists advocating it. Two weeks isn’t enough, it just shifts the problem. The sooner the public accept being in and out of harsh interventions, the better.Think in the UK the last three days have seen a continual small decline in cases, and deaths remain steady. What I reckon will happen next is that there will be a 2-week lockdown - full with the schools shut so they lose one week after HT. If cases go down, then it won't solve the issue of what caused the spike, was it educational facilities (the obvious cause to me) or the pubs (the scapegoat). So when the kids go back, and the numbers rise again, Boris has the awkward decision to close stuff down over Xmas.
If a further lockdown meant the schools open, but cases rose, then they would have to admit it's the schools/colleges/unis spreading covid.
Totally agree re educational establishments. Letting students go to uni was ridiculous in the extreme. As for schools, we can’t write off the core education of the entire population aged 4-16 for at least two years. It will have a fundamental impact on them and society that can never be reversed.
The Christmas issue is a huge red herring. There is a pandemic going on. Festivities should wait or be cancelled while the authoritarians sort it out if that is needed. Harsh on the public but if hundreds of lives are saved, it’s a small price to pay. If the noisy none compliant minority get a grip then it doesn’t need to be an issue.
It would be very helpful if everyone followed basic, common sense guidance. Then none of the above would be anywhere as much of an issue.