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Pubs, hairdressers set to reopen as UK eases virus lockdown

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I cannot wait to get to my hairdresser.

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Boris too needs to hit his hairdresser. Looking more like a shaggy dog.

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Cut our hair today, adapted to our hairdresser closing in the first lockdown a year ago. Have missed the pub, especially at Christmas.

We will see if they can keep things open, there have been false starts before, depends on whether people are sensible and the cases stay low or continue to decline.

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Asking British people to be sensible around anything to do with alcohol is a big ask.

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There was never any good evidence for pubs to be closed in the first place:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8822865/Business-minister-defends-dodgy-data-showing-30-Covid-patients-catch-disease-pubs.html

Now they're taking the government to court and the judge has ordered their case be expedited even:

https://www.rt.com/uk/520300-uk-hospitality-court-appeal-covid/

Hopefully the nonsensical rules will go soon

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I'm not sure there was any point in closing 'non-essential' shops during lockdown. It just made life unnecessarily tough for those unable to shop online and damaged the economy a bit more.

At least in shops (and on public transport) people wear masks. The government have never asked people to wear masks generally in public in the UK at any point in the pandemic. Not wearing masks in a pandemic is a whole new level of stupid. In the UK, state-sanctioned stupidity. No surprise the case load and mortality is so high, although some of the figures are questionable.

The UK counts a death as attributed to Covid if someone dies having tested positive within the previous 28 days. That is different from someone known to have died as a direct result of having Covid. Theoretically it would inflate the figures, but by how much is anyone's guess.

Post-lockdown expect alcohol-related idiocy and a rapid rise in cases.

The hope is that the vaccines will have broken the casesdeaths link, which they might feasibly do. That would mean living with Covid (as I think Israel is doing) until the vaccine roll out produces herd immunity. That may be do-able, but kids could still remain an incubation hot-house for new variants.

Despite recent concerns over the SA variant, the percentage protection from vaccines appears to be good enough. The problem is the supply bottleneck - there are not enough labs producing enough vaccine, globally. That should have been fixed by now.

If it doesn't work, the UK will have another lockdown in the summer and foreign travel will be banned until 2022 or until the airlines and airports have gone bankrupt and you have to blag a ride on a container ship.

Not that anywhere will let you in their country any more, even if you have been vaccinated and tested negative. There is no logic to that. Maybe getting drunk isn't so idiotic after all.

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Too early.

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Eight pints of lager and a trip to the hairdressers. What could possibly go wrong?

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Eight pints of lager and a trip to the hairdressers. What could possibly go wrong?

Nothing.

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Asking British people to be sensible around anything to do with alcohol is a big ask.

The pub has been sadly missed over the last few months, but 99.99% of the population has sensibly declined alcohol, or sensibly enjoyed a drink quietly at home.

Most people are looking forward to a sensible drink in (outside) a pub as from today.

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99.99% of the population has sensibly declined alcohol

I know plenty of English people, and I have yet to meet one who ever declined alcohol!

I hope life can get back to normal there, as safe as possible. Their vaccine programme is being run a million times better than their govt Covid response.

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99.99% of the population has sensibly declined alcohol

I know plenty of English people, and I have yet to meet one who ever declined alcohol!

Full sentence was :

The pub has been sadly missed over the last few months, but 99.99% of the population has sensibly declined alcohol, or sensibly enjoyed a drink quietly at home.

I only decline alcohol when I am driving, or on antibiotics.

Indeed, the vaccination program seems to be working, but caution remains, which is good advice from the UK government.

PS. How about a beer sometime Fighto!, when rthings get back to normal.

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With pubs shut A&E departments in hospitals became boringly quiet on weekends, police stations were a lot less busy too. Of course not all my fellow countrymen are drunken hooligans but if drunken hooliganism became an Olympic sport I predict Gold, Silver and Bronze for team GB!

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99.99% of the population has sensibly declined alcohol

I know plenty of English people, and I have yet to meet one who ever declined alcohol!

Same as with you Aussies. The Aussies I know like a beer or three.

Of course not all my fellow countrymen are drunken hooligans but if drunken hooliganism became an Olympic sport I predict Gold, Silver and Bronze for team GB!

We’d definitely be up there, but I’d say the Russians could give us a run for our money.

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I know plenty of English people, and I have yet to meet one who ever declined alcohol!

You should visit the place. Many don't partake in the filthy habit.

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Many don't partake in the filthy habit.

Hey! I like my Scotch. I’ll have a beer and a glass of wine too.

Smoking - now that’s a filthy habit.

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I know plenty of English people, and I have yet to meet one who ever declined alcohol!

You should visit the place. Many don't partake in the filthy habit.

I have spoken to some young people (and one or two older people) who have stopped drinking while in lockdown. Some have indicated that they will not go back to alcohol while others see it as a stop-gap.

Maybe it is one positive aspect of lockdown,

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Many don't partake in the filthy habit.

Nothing wrong with knocking back a few cans, or pints of bitter as they say over there. All things in moderation. Lets not try and wish Saudi Arabia type abstinence on the majority.

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The UK has the highest levels of "binge drinking" in Europe. The highest rates of alcohol related crime and the highest rates of teenage pregnancy... which could also be fueled by drink. :)

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Alan Harrison...

You should visit the place. Many don't partake in the filthy habit.

The filthy habit is usually used to describe smoking in the UK. I have never heard that phrase to describe drinking.

Much of British working class culture revolves around alcohol.

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Unusual, an Irishman who don't like his stout?

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Mr KiplingApr. 12  07:38 pm JST

The UK has the highest levels of "binge drinking" in Europe. The highest rates of alcohol related crime and the highest rates of teenage pregnancy...

While I won’t argue about the binge drinking, you are just making up the highest rates of alcohol related crime and teenage pregnancy stats.

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