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Do you think ‘Freedom Day’ should be delayed?

The government faces a difficult choice in the next few days.

Ministers are considering delaying the final stage of the road map out of lockdown following jittery warnings from scientists about the spread of the Indian variant.

Some are pushing for restrictions to remain in place until as late as the start of English school holidays on 23rd July.

Many people are desperate to see the return to normality promised by the final stage of the government’s roadmap to lifting lockdown.

But ministers always said 21st June was not set in stone – and could be affected by changes in the pandemic, including the emergence of new variants.

It would seem that all politicians have differing views on our exit from restrictions and it’s a tough balance weighing up the science vs the coninued negative impact on the economy.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Tuesday there was a “challenging decision” to be made over the further lifting of Covid restrictions on 21st June.

Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said any delay to England’s road map for easing lockdown would only be for a couple of weeks owing to the success of the vaccination programme.

Mr Hunt, who chairs the Health and Social Care Committee, said he was “feeling quite optimistic that we are going to see the restrictions lifted” as “being double-jabbed” works against the Delta variant of coronavirus first identified in India.

“So, if Freedom Day ends up being put back a couple of weeks so we can get more people double-jabbed, I think it will only be a temporary setback,” he told Times Radio.

If you were in charge of making the final decision, what would you do?

Do you think 'Freedom Day' should be delayed?

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Supersabre
2 days ago
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So what happens if it is delayed, and another variant rears it's head? Another month?
I thought the vaccines were the "route to freedom"?
The economy is on its knees. And lockdowns, mask, s, and plastic screens cannot and will not stop it anywhere.
jeanmark
22 hours ago
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There will always be new variants, that is how viruses survive, however, the Delta variant is both more transmissible and more virulent. Not all the adult population have been vaccinated at the moment, once that is achieved restriction are more likely to be lifted,

Masks, when worn correctly, and social distancing help to reduce the risk, but it does need everyone to comply.

I think most of us recognise the economy is on its knees, but you have to first protect the people to ensure the economy has a chance to recover. If this government had been more alert and less interested in Cronyism, things may have been better.
Norman999
3 days ago
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Things are changing all the time so let's open up in a sensible way because sadly people cannot be relied on to be sensible
Munsterlander
3 days ago
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it looks like it is going to be delayed for a month anyway which I think is a good thing.
jeffsoo
4 days ago
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I think the economy has suffered enough. we live with the Flu so we are going to have to live with Covid.
Lionel
5 days ago
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It seems to me restrictions are now largely ignored. That begs the question, why the fuss about 21st June?

As far as the travel/airline industries constant complaints about being hard done to are concerned, they should remember it was their travellers who brought this virus into the UK in the first place. Therefore, they bear an enormous responsibility.
Suathome
6 days ago
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It's a worldwide pandemic, it's never going to go away completely even when everyone is vaccinated. Let's just get on with living!
Wilf
6 days ago
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Common sense should prevail. I hate to say it but I don't think we are totally in the clear yet and the last thing we need is new variants causing chaos. We just need to be sensible. Shops and pubs and restaurants are open and we all just need to be careful. Thousands of people are suffering economically so that must also be in the balance. It's the tortoise and the hare. Let's be the tortoise and be careful but we will win in the end.
Peter31
6 days ago
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The data says that Freedom Day should have happened weeks ago. The "modellers" want us to never have any freedom although their models churn out results that bear no relation to what is actually happening. Even the NHS is now fed up with them and think we must fully open up.
Kes
6 days ago
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Whatever the data, or science shows, the decision makers will be damned if the do and damned if they don’t. I bet the media are hoping there is a delay. Something else for them to knock the government for and bang on and on and on about.
Bald123
6 days ago
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The government should make a decision and stick with it instead of all this shillyshalling. Look at the chaos with travel and Portugal one moment its Green the next Amber giving people only a few days to rush back home. Boris needs to be a lot tougher on his decisions and leadership. People will thank him for it.
MrsPat
6 days ago
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Yes of course they should if the science says it should stop. The last thing we need is some new variant exploding and us all going into a 4th lockdown.
Marley444
6 days ago
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To be honest, we have been in this situation for so long, I can't think what a difference it would make to me if we stayed as we are for a couple more weeks. If it means we were not going to undo the good we have done, and more people are vaccinated that makes sense to me. I feel really sorry though for those who have weddings coming up who don't know how many can attend.

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