크리스마스 파티를 위한 테스트 및 마스크? Sajid Javid says he would take a lateral flow and wear a face covering at a festive bash – as venues blame ‘chilling’ messaging for cancellations
The Health Secretary today raised the prospect of another lockdown at Christmas, as he urged people to take Covid tests before going to festive parties and wear facemasks at large gatherings amid mounting fears about the so-called ‘Omicron’ 변종.
In a round of interviews this morning, Sajid Javid insisted another festive shutdown was ‘not the plan’ but warned: ‘We can’t rule out any particular measure at this point in time because we always have to look at the data and do what we need to protect people.’
He told Sky News’s Kay Burley that revellers ought to take precautions before going to festive parties including lateral flow tests and coverings amid mounting concerns about the new strain.
But Mr Javid rubbished fears of another ‘pingdemic’ devastating the economy and education system. Under the rules, large numbers of healthy people could be told to self-isolate for 10 days after coming into contact with someone infected with the variant.
During a Downing Street press conference yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people not to cancel Christmas parties or school nativity plays. He also promised to ‘throw everything’ at the booster vaccination campaign to tackle the variant’s spread.
But his government has now been accused of ‘mixed messaging’ after UK Health Security Agency chief executive Dr Jenny Harries recommended people reduce the extent to which they socialise this winter – in a hint that restrictions could go further.
Fears of an extension of curbs were raised last night after it emerged that new rules on self-isolation will be enshrined in law until the end of March next year – way beyond the promised December 21 review date.
지난 밤, MPs approved the Government’s new coronavirus regulations. 그러나 19 Tories opposed the mask mandate and 32 others voted against the self-isolation curbs. Former minister Steve Baker said ‘we are taking away the public’s right to choose what they do based on flimsy and uncertain evidence’, while veteran MP Sir Christopher Chope branded the restrictions ‘oppressive, authoritarian and dictatorial’.
Asked if he would wear a mask if he was at a Christmas party, the Health Secretary told Miss Burley on Sky News: ‘It depends if I am walking around or sitting down. It depends if I’m eating. People just need to make a decision based on the guidance.’
Hospitality leaders now fear another hammering to their industry this December. Kate Nicholls, the chief executive of UKHospitality, told Radio 4’s Today programme that Saturday’s press conference had had a ‘chilling effect on consumer confidence’. She warned against ‘the threat of a stop-start to the economy again’ in the run up to Christmas.
New curbs on global travel including the addition of 10 countries to the UK’s so-called ‘red list’, a return of testing rules, and quarantine hotels have also spooked travellers – and sparked a wave of cancellations of bookings at airport hotels.
In the latest twist and turn of the coronavirus crisis:
- New rules on self-isolation will be enshrined in law until March, sparking fears the curbs could remain in place beyond December 21;
- NHS waiting lists could double to 12 million by 2025 despite billions more in taxpayers’ cash being pumped into our hospital wards, a report has found;
- Coronavirus cases in South Africa have soared by 403 일주일에 퍼센트, after the country’s scientists sounded the alarm about the Omicron variant;
- Businesses warned Mr Johnson last night that the ‘chilling effect’ of Covid restrictions will cost the economy ‘billions’ in the run-up to Christmas;
- The Government unveiled a mammoth new booster vaccine drive to deliver third doses to all adults by the end of January to shield the nation against the variant;
- Britain’s overall infection numbers continued to fall, 와 39,716 positive tests recorded over the last 24 시간. 다운됐다 6.5 per cent on last Tuesday’s figure of 42,484;
- The number of people dying with the virus fell 3.6 퍼센트 159 and hospitalisations dropped 6.1 퍼센트 718 금요일에.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits stalls at a Christmas market outside 10 Downing Street in London
Hospitality leaders have accused the Government of ‘mixed messaging’ as they face a wave of cancellations this month
Travellers are cancelling corporate events at the four-star Fairmont in Windsor booked for January due to mounting uncertainty about the spread of the Covid variant
Boris Johnson insisted he had already put in place a package of ‘balanced and proportionate measures’ in response to the threat posed by the new variant as cases of Omicron reached 22 영국에서
왼쪽, Arora Group chairman Surinder Arora. 권리, UKHospitality boss Kate Nicholls
Self-isolation rules will be in law until MARCH: Tory MPs blast the Government for enshrining Omicron regulations for FOUR MONTHS despite promising to review the curbs in three weeks amid fears of return to a pingdemic
토리 의원들은 자가 격리에 대한 새로운 규칙이 3월까지 법으로 제정될 것이라고 발표한 후 정부를 비난했습니다., 연석이 약속된 3주 검토보다 훨씬 더 오래 유지될 수 있다는 두려움을 촉발.
어제 오미크론 코로나바이러스 변종 사례와 접촉한 사람들이 자가 격리를 해야 하는 새로운 제한이 시행되었습니다. 10 일 또는 최대 £ 10,000의 벌금 위험.
보리스 존슨은 그 규칙을 말했습니다., 상점과 대중 교통에서 안면 마스크를 착용해야 하는 요구 사항과 귀국 여행자가 도착 후 2일째 또는 그 이전에 PCR 검사를 받아야 하는 요구 사항과 함께, 크리스마스 전에 검토됩니다.
그러나 자가 격리 규칙을 뒷받침하는 규정은 3월까지 만료되지 않습니다. 24, 봉쇄 반대 보수당의 반발 촉구.
보수당 의원들은 새 규정이 새로운 '전염병'을 일으킬 수 있다는 우려를 표명했다.’ 경제와 교육 시스템을 황폐화시킬 수 있는.
그러나 Sajid Javid 보건장관은 현재 오미크론 사례 수가 여전히 '매우 낮다'고 말하면서 이러한 우려를 일축했습니다.’ 와 22 영국 전역에서 확인된 사례.
Questioned on whether he was anticipating another ‘pingdemic’, Mr Javid insisted: ‘At this point in time the case numbers are very low. That will certainly go up but the numbers are low. I hope it stays that way. I’m not worried about a ”pingdemic” type of situation.’
He later told Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘If you are invited to a Christmas party, there’s quite a few people there, maybe you want to take an LFT (lateral flow test) before you go. Go to the party, but just be cautious.’
But hospitality chiefs warned of a growing ‘sense of trepidation’ among customers that their Christmas plans might be disrupted for the second year running.
Ms Nicholls of UKHospitality told the Today programme: ‘I think you are seeing once again a return of uncertainty.
‘It’s quite clear the messaging over the weekend had a chilling effect on consumer confidence and we are starting to see a small number of cancellations. It’s a trickle at the moment, and we were very pleased that the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary yesterday did say that the measures they had put in place were sufficient and that people could feel confident about going ahead with Christmas bookings and Christmas parties, which is so essential for hospitality.
‘But we need that message to be reinforced more strongly to put an end to the uncertainty and the threat of a stop-start to the economy again in the run up to Christmas.
‘I think it’s driven largely by consumer confident. I think there’s also a sense of trepidation that their plans might be disrupted again, and so that irrespective of whether there are government controls imposed on the economy, that is having a cooling effect undoubtedly on hospitality.
‘We already saw that bookings were subdued this year compared to pre-pandemic levels. And this will clearly have a further adverse impact on our businesses.’
The Arora Group said travellers who stay at hotels at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports before catching early morning flights are axing their December bookings. They are even suspending corporate events at the four-star Fairmont in Windsor in January due to mounting uncertainty about the spread of the Covid variant, group chairman Surinder Arora said.
He told the Today programme: ‘It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Obviously we had the quarantine hotels at the beginning of this year, and then over the past few weeks as we’ve been trying to return to some kind of normality, most of the hotels have gone back to operating normal commercial hotels.
‘And then of course last week we were hit with this new virus, so sadly that’s all changed again and the Government’s obviously introduced 10 new countries on the red list which means they need a few hotels to go on the quarantine programme.
‘Over the last few weeks, when the quarantine finished we were thankful for getting back to some kind of normality. Since this latest news, instead of getting new bookings the guys are getting a lot of cancellations.
‘We obviously have a lot of transient, a lot of leisure business, with guests flying out of the country – Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted – normally tend to spend a night with us before they travel, especially early morning flights. And now a lot of those are being cancelled.
‘And not just the leisure business, were getting quite a few bookings cancelled for meetings and events. 알아, 예를 들어, some of the larger bookings – we just recently opened our new flagship at the Fairmont in Windsor, and they actually had big large corporates who had bookings in January who are saying ”실제로, we may want to push it back to further, later in the year to get some more clarity on where we’re heading”.’
Steve Brine, a former Tory health minister, said the Government’s decision to make all contacts of those testing positive for the Omicron variant self-isolate would have a ‘chilling effect’. 그는 덧붙였다: ‘There’s everything in the language and the narrative that’s coming out of government right now that is causing Christmas parties to be cancelled.’
It comes as easyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren said bookings had ‘softened’ since the Omicron strain emerged and the Government brought in costly travel rules that will require passengers to isolate until they have a negative PCR test result regardless of their vaccination status.
Mr Lundgren, writing in the Daily Mail, pointed out airline shares had dropped 13 per cent within hours of the announcement of the change. ‘Ministers must ensure their decisions are backed by data and precautions are kept in proportion to the threat,’ 그는 말했다.
And Emirates airline president Tim Clark said a hit to the peak December travel season – when millions across the world travel to see friends and family – would cause ‘significant traumas’ 기업용.
Critics have claimed that Mr Johnson’s announcements are an over-reaction, given that only 22 omicron cases have so far been found in England. And early signs are that the variant is a mild form of the virus.
They say the moves are contributing to a renewed climate of fear, hitting consumer confidence – with the hospitality sector especially hit.
Britain’s overall infection numbers continued to fall, 와 39,716 positive tests recorded over the last 24 시간. 다운됐다 6.5 per cent on last Tuesday’s figure of 42,484 and marked the fourth day in a row cases have dropped. The number of people dying with the virus fell 3.6 퍼센트 159 and hospitalisations dropped 6.1 퍼센트 718 금요일에
New Covid restrictions in England in force
New restrictions on compulsory facemasks, testing and travel in England were published on Monday night and came into force at 4am on Tuesday.
People must wear facemasks in the following places:
- Public transport;
- Retail shops;
- Beauty salons;
- Post offices;
- Estate agents;
- Veterinary clinics;
- Driving instruction cars.
Those caught flouting the restrictions will be fined £200 for a first offence, which will double on each subsequent offence up to a maximum of £6,400.
Schoolchildren are being asked to wear facemasks in communal areas but not classrooms. Teaching unions have called for masks to be extended to lessons.
All travellers returning to the UK must take a PCR test and self-isolate for 10 days until they receive a negative result.
Anyone who breaks the self-isolation law without a ‘reasonable excuse’ faces a fine of £1,000, rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders and serious breaches.
A number of countries in Africa were added to the UK’s red list last week. 그들은:
All contacts of anybody who tests positive for the so-called ‘Omicron’ variant must self-isolate – regardless of their age or vaccination status.
This has sparked fears of a return to the ‘pingdemic madness’ of the summer, when a million healthy pupils were forced to stay home because of the Test and Trace system.
Anyone who breaks the self-isolation law without a ‘reasonable excuse’ faces a fine of £1,000, rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders and serious breaches.
Clive Black, retail analyst at Shore Capital, 말했다: ‘This will cost the economy billions. It is a calamity. Christmas parties are off.’
Writing in the Mail, Patrick Dardis, head of Young’s pubs, claimed: ‘Within hours of the country being told that a new variant of Covid had been identified, the phones started ringing in the 300 술집, restaurants and hotels in the Young’s chain.
‘And it wasn’t good news: the cancellation of Christmas parties, dinner bookings scrapped, weekend events in December delayed until who knows when, mini-breaks binned. This scenario is being repeated up and down the land.’
Damian Wawrzyniak, an award-winning chef who runs House of Feasts in Peterborough, BBC에 말했다: ‘We had 20 cancellations over the weekend, mostly for Christmas parties. Hospitality has been waiting for Christmas and if it’s not what we were hoping for, there’s going to be some casualties.’
그 동안에, Jonathan Neame, boss of Shepherd Neame – Britain’s oldest brewer – said: ‘We should hold our nerve, not panic and remember that most pandemics end with a mutation to a mild form of the disease.’
Bank of England policymaker Catherine Mann and Suren Thiru, head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, suggested GDP figures for the entire fourth quarter could be badly hit.
Hugh Osmond, founder of Punch Taverns who sued the Government over the lockdown on indoor hospitality earlier this year, 추가: ‘Fewer social contacts do not mitigate the risk.
‘What they actually manage to do is they reduce temporarily the number of young people being infected and ultimately it means that over the long-term more old people catch the disease as the Sage model showed from the beginning.
‘We know that at the moment the studies that have been out of Israel, 남아프리카, the UK and America that once you have been infected, none of the variants show more potentially.
‘They do a little with vaccines, but variants will come and go – it’s very, very normal that viruses mutate, and variants will come and go.’
He told the Today programme: ‘You’ve got to remember that social interaction – after food and water – is the most important thing for a human being’s mental health.
‘If you want to do something bad to human beings, after starving them and depriving them of water – the worst thing you can do to a human being in terms of affecting their health, and eventually physical health, is depriving them of social contact.’
Boris Johnson insisted he had already put in place a package of ‘balanced and proportionate measures’ in response to the threat posed by the new variant as cases of Omicron reached 22 영국에서.
The mandatory wearing of facemasks in shops and on public transport came into force in England yesterday, along with tighter testing requirements for international travel and the return of self-isolation for contacts of confirmed Omicron cases, even if they have been fully vaccinated.
But it is the booster campaign which the Government believes provides the greatest line of defence against the new variant and the Prime Minister promised that everyone eligible would be offered a booster jab by the end of January with at least 400 military personnel helping the NHS, and vaccination centres ‘popping up like Christmas trees’.
Mr Javid said Omicron cases are likely to go higher and ‘we have to be realistic’ that there is already likely to be transmission within the community.
Dr Harries had earlier told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that even if ‘vaccines appear to be effective, but we find that the variant is more highly transmissible, having lowish grade infection, but in very large numbers of the population, (그것) could still be a significant impact on our hospitals’.
'과, 물론이야, our behaviours in winter and particularly around Christmas, we tend to socialise more, so I think all of those will need to be taken into account,’ 그녀는 덧붙였다.
‘If we all decrease our social contacts a little bit, actually that helps to keep the variant at bay.’
She suggested ‘being careful, not socialising when we don’t particularly need to’ and getting a booster jab.
The comments caused alarm in the hospitality industry and helped fuel a Tory backbench revolt which saw Conservatives rebel over new restrictions.
Asked whether parties and Nativity plays should be scrapped, Mr Johnson은: ‘We don’t want people to cancel such events and we think that, overwhelmingly, the best thing for kids is to be at school, as I have said many times throughout this pandemic.’
He also rejected suggestions that advice on working from home should be reinstated in England, as is happening in Scotland, 웨일즈와 북 아일랜드, in response to the concerns about Omicron.
Scientists believe Omicron could be more transmissible than the dominant Delta variant and may render vaccines less effective because of the extent of its mutations.
미스터 존슨, who visited a festive food market set up in Downing Street after the press conference, will be asked about the Government’s approach again during Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons today.
In the Commons on Tuesday, 19 Tories – with two rebel tellers – opposed the mask-wearing measures.
약간 32 Conservatives rebelled by voting against the self-isolation regulations while two more acted as tellers for the noes, but the measures both comfortably passed.
그레이엄 브래디 경, who chairs the powerful Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, said there were ‘serious concerns’ about the ‘efficacy of what is being proposed’, and warned against ‘mission creep’.