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Behave yourselves, Johnson warns as pub reopening nears

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson will urge Britons to act responsibly when pubs reopen this weekend, warning that businesses, livelihoods and the future of the whole economy depends on it.

The latest phase in a gradual reopening of the British economy on Saturday will see pubs in England open their doors for the first time since mid March, as well as the reopening of restaurants, museums, hotels and other businesses.

The much-awaited event has been dubbed "Super Saturday" in the media, sparking worries that after months cooped up indoors, some could get carried away and risk spreading COVID-19.

"Ultimately the economic health of the whole country is dependent on every single one of us acting responsibly," Johnson is expected to say at a news conference on Friday.

Many of the elements that define a pub will be missing when they reopen: with numbers limited, there will be no crowds, no standing at the bar and no live music. Venues will have to keep a record of customers in case of a virus outbreak.

Johnson has previously said he is looking forward to visiting a pub himself, but has warned that patrons will have to stick to new rules.

He is expected to repeat that caution on Friday, pointing to a spike in cases that has forced the English city of Leicester to be locked down. Johnson will warn that freedoms could be swiftly revoked if the virus takes hold elsewhere.

"Anyone who flouts social distancing and COVID-Secure rules is not only putting us all at risk but letting down those businesses and workers who have done so much to prepare for this new normal," he will say.

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"Behave yourselves?"

Is this guy delusional?

This is the same country where the world was shocked at images of densely packed beaches where people no longer even care about the coronavirus:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-53176717

It does not matter which country, it has been proven over and over that people will not behave in the interests of the greater good. Refusal to wear masks, refusal to maintain social distancing, refusal to stay at home, people simply refuse to do what is necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This is why more draconian measures are needed as seen in Australia with the law actively monitoring cities and neighborhoods.

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Everyone knows that alcohol kills the virus, right?

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Is this guy delusional? This is the same country where the world was shocked at images of densely packed beaches where people no longer even care about the coronavirus

Not to mention the attacks on police trying to break up illegal street parties, breaking out across the nation in defiance of all the health advisories you'd think people would still be listening to when more than 50,000 of their fellow citizens have gone to their deaths. Of course the most irresponsible geezer of the lot has been Johnson himself, who along with his adviser Dominic Cummings and others in his government can be held responsible for that death toll being so much higher than it had to be.

So - Is this guy delusional? Yes, if he thinks that a few avuncular words from a floppy-haired Eton toff are going to keep his more boneheaded citizens in line. Most people, I reckon, do heed the warnings and try to do the right thing. Unfortunately there are far too many who don't, and the harm those people can do can overwhelm the good done by everyone else.

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Police leave has been cancelled this weekend. They warned the PM that this weekend will be a nightmare trying to police the inevitable anti-social behaviour upsurge.

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Why reopen the pubs on a Saturday night!?

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Limit the visitors to one hour.

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Got a mail from my brother who said he wasn’t in the mood for a pint in the Covid Arms.

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My fellow brits know all about responsible drinking.

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Everyone knows that alcohol kills the virus, right?

Especially Scotch whiskey, right?

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Especially Scotch whiskey, right?

Nothing can beat bleach!!!

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Especially Scotch whiskey, right?

Whisky.

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Well looks like hydroxychlorquine works after all- just as was said- so that’s a positive.

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