It’s bright and sunny in Cardiff today and the news is all about fears of a mass migration of people to beauty spots and coastal resorts following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions in England last Sunday. Regular readers of this blog will know that the restrictions on non-essential travel (including for exercise) remain in place in Wales; but even where the law has been changed in England, many local authorities and other stakeholders (including the National Trust and national parks) are urging people not to visit previously popular tourist destinations. The concern is that many of these places will be inundated and that social distancing will be impossible as a result.
In what can only be described as a very strong contender for the group Darwin Award 2020, police in London made several arrests at a rally in Hyde Park protesting against the continuation of any restrictions. In what is sure to become a case study of A level ethics classes in the future, this group of imbeciles apparently hold the view that their right to free speech and freedom of movement trumps the right to life of those who will inevitably contract the virus in a second peak if restrictions are eased too quickly and without appropriate test, trace and track arrangements in place. The police officers called to break up the demonstration (and who themselves were put in harm’s way as a result) showed remarkable restraint in all the circumstances. I’m not normally one to advocate violence, but a telescopic baton wielded at full stretch would be about 2m, and deployed sharply to the top of the head might actually knock a bit of sense into these idiots.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, Italy is making arrangements to remove restrictions on internal and international travel to and from the country from early in June; Greece is preparing to re-open its beaches; and top-flight football has returned to Germany (albeit behind closed doors).
And then there’s Holland. Respect to the Dutch and credit where it’s due – that’s some feat while keeping 1.5 metres apart.