Is social distancing enough?

On Wednesday the 17th March 2020 our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, declared that all UK schools would be "closed" until further notice from Friday 19th of March. One exception too this is that the children of key workers (nurses, the fire crew, police etc.) could still, if needed, go to school. The Prime Minister said that we were all allowed out of our house for a nice stroll in the field, a play in the park or to walk your dog in the lovely sunshine but only if you stay at least 2 meters apart ; this is called social distancing : but is it enough?

Some people might argue that since we are a democratic country Boris is trusting that we make the right decisions and he is just setting a guideline to help us make those sensible judgments. There is plenty of open green space around us and surely, we can stay 2 meters apart and still make the most of the time in the soon to come beautiful spring weather. Mr. Johnson is also emphasizing that you should still go outside and enjoy yourself to keep your mental health stable and secure.

On the other side of this argument, some people might say that this is not enough, and Mr. Johnson should give us more information, bring in the police and enforce strict rules. What have we seen so far? Well at parks children are playing on the equipment, herds of people walking in the streets and lots of people in open spaces and national trust areas- These people are all not staying 2 meters apart.

In conclusion, using skepticism with an open mind, I feel like the government are not doing enough and should enforce some more strict rules to help the spread of Coronavirus. Using evidence from the text, I believe the Prime Minister needs to enforce further lockdown measures. People are not listening and are not making sensible decisions. The quicker we all stay inside as much as absolute possible; the quicker Coronavirus will be stopped. Maybe there should be more places, events or supermarkets that only the elderly are allowed to visit or attend due to the fact that there is less chance elderly are going to catch it off other elderly.

Thank you for reading my post.

loyal_insect

Comments (7)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    23 Mar 2020

    You raise some very important questions here, loyal_insect. Do you think people are disrespecting the NHS by not obeying the Prime Minister's orders, or is it just human nature to want to carry on as normal? Many big supermarkets are opening their stores early for the elderly, vulnerable and NHS workers - so at least one of your suggestions is coming true!

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  • avatar.jpg EXPERT: Jennifer Hwang, Trainee Solicitor @ Clifford Chance
    23 Mar 2020

    Thank you for the insightful post, loyal_insect. You noted above that you think the Prime Minister should enforce further lockdown measures. Can you think of any potential negative effects which may be preventing the Prime Minister from enforcing such stricter measures?

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  • Hammond School logo magnificent_cricket | Hammond Junior School E
    24 Mar 2020

    I think the prime minister should get the message out a bit more because if you haven't listened to his speech then you wouldn't know what to do.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      magnificent_cricket's comment 24 Mar 2020

      How else can the government communicate the message to people?

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School loyal_insect | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    24 Mar 2020

    Thank you so much for giving me a star for my comment, much appreciated! To answer your questions:

    In a way yes, I do think that people are disrespecting the NHS because without there incredible and selfless hard work, Coronavirus will keep spreading to whom it could really hurt or even kill. A lot of the NHS staff are isolating away from their own families and children just to help all of us and all they are asking us to do is stay inside and for people not to follow this simple rule seems so wrong.

    And to answer your other question some of the cons for “further lockdown measures” could be:

    Even though the Prime Minister did say yesterday that everyone is allowed exercise outside once a day it could affect some peoples' mental health not going out more. It will also be very upsetting for some people not being able to see their loved ones. This would be especially difficult for those that live alone.

    Thank you again for replying and giving me a star.

    Stay safe and make sure you wash your hands!

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_hurricane | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    27 Mar 2020

    Very interesting question, loyal_insect. Let's start with what we know. We know that social distancing is when when you are with other people you stand about 1 metre away from them to prevent the spread of germs. We also know that many people are in self-isolation because of school closures. But, not every child and parent in the UK are in that same situation. With the quick spread of COVID-19, our Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that if a parent who is a "key worker" (NHS staff, teachers ect) has a child then that child must go to school only if there isn't anyone else to look after them. Back to social distancing, Boris has also said that you are only to leave your house if absolutely necessary. Here are two things that he stated which apply to this; if you go to look after elderly people if you need to go shopping for food. The shops which sell food that people are buying are taking social distancing quite seriously because they have been put in tape in the shape of boxes to make sure that you aren't close to people when checking out your items. They are also limiting the amount of items per person to two or three because some people are buying lots of one product; especially eggs, toilet tissue and paper towels.
    So, on top of social distancing, washing hands and self isolation hese things should prevent the COVID-19 from spreading too quickly.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      intrepid_hurricane's comment 27 Mar 2020

      Yes, this is the advice of the government at the moment.

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