If masks are part of creating a ‘new normal’ then let’s get Britain sewing – The Sun

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WE understand why scared Brits aren’t champing at the bit to return to work.

For nearly two months they’ve been told that staying at home saves lives and going out puts them in jeopardy.

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That’s all changing now: hospital admissions are down below 1,000 a day for the first time since March 24, and the NHS no longer looks in danger of being overwhelmed.

But it’s only natural that workers remain cautious. If Boris Johnson is to get our flatlining economy going again, he and his Government must prove to the public that lockdown restrictions can be lifted sensibly and safely.

And that’s where homemade masks come in. Yes, we know they’re not perfect. But mounting evidence proves that insisting on their use in confined spaces can help slow the spread of the virus, and — crucially — they lend confidence.

One way or another, it’s becoming crystal clear that after lockdown Britain will be very different from the country we remember. Gone are the days of a post-work pint in the pub to wind down: if ministers permit us to socialise, it will be only for picnics, and only with those we consider our close friends.

But with the economy on its knees, we must throw everything we’ve got at creating a “new normal” to tide us over until a vaccine can be found.

And if masks are part of that, then let’s get Britain sewing.

End muddle

OFFICIALS must stop hiding behind corona-jargon and start explaining in plain English exactly what they want from us.

Guidance states that if you’re classed as “extremely clinically vulnerable” you’re supposed to “shield”, and if you’re considered “clinically vulnerable” you should be “closely following social distancing rules”.

The problem is that if you’re over 70 and not in the habit of scrutinising government websites, you may understandably not know what the difference between those terms is. And so could be putting yourself through the misery of a 12 week self-isolation unnecessarily.

Brits have given up most of their cherished liberties at the drop of a hat. Many of them have sacrificed their jobs too.

The very least they are owed is clear, comprehensive guidance on what the new normal is supposed to look like.

We’re loving it

THE news that McDonald’s will open 15 of its stores next week has cheered us up.

Yes, it’s a blow that the lockdown menu is limited and some fan favourites didn’t make the cut. But if the trial opening goes well, we have no doubt they will also
make a comeback soon.

And in the meantime, a world with McFlurries in it is definitely brighter.


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