Boris Johnson has come under mounting pressure to introduce restrictions over the New Year period as England is the only UK country that has given the green light for nightclubs and large events to go ahead. Despite Environment Secretary George Eustice saying there was little evidence to support more coronavirus restrictions, health bosses are concerned the staff shortages from infections will have a huge impact on the NHS’ ability to provide care. Some Hull residents agreed, explaining while the year has been tough for many people with the loss of jobs and lives it made sense to introduce circuit-breaker lockdowns.
GB News took to the streets of Hull to find out how people were reacting to the pandemic.
One man explained his views on further restrictions: “I feel like [let] people enjoy this year and then bring it in.
“A lot of people have already gone out of business where we used to go so we’re having to shop elsewhere.
“Unfortunately that is going to affect people anyway… I think it would be a good thing to bring it in because it’s getting a little bit out of hand now.”
Another man added: “I think [Boris] needs to show what he is going to do and to stop leaving us in the lurch right now – no one knows what we’re doing, do we?”
One Hull resident believed the handling of the pandemic and the UK’s vaccination programme has been “fabulous” and praised the work of the Government.
However, she said the country should be “very careful” before joking she would keep her mask on because it hid her wrinkles.
She concluded and said things would get better but urged caution.
England is the only UK country that has not introduced further restrictions in the approach to the New Year.
Hospitality bosses have celebrated the lack of restrictions with industry leaders happy that they could try and recoup their huge losses over the pandemic.
Chief executive of UKHospitality, Kate Nicholls, called it a “pragmatic and proportionate approach”.
The news of Scottish and Welsh restrictions was met with more hostility however with William Lees-Jones, who owns the JW Lees pub chain, barring Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford from his pubs.
The latest figures show cases hit a new daily high of 113,628 on Christmas Day and fell to 98,515 on Monday.
However, SAGE has stressed the data will be unreliable over Christmas because behaviours and testing capabilities change – arguing the actual figures could be much higher.
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