London — Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “Freedom Day”, which ends with more than a year of COVID-19 blockade restrictions in the United Kingdom, was hurt on Monday by a lack of supermarkets and warnings of his own forced quarantine.
Johnson’s bet that one of Europe’s largest economies can be reignited because so many people are vaccinated represents a new chapter in the global response to the coronavirus.
If the vaccine proves to be effective in reducing severe illness and mortality, Johnson’s decision could provide a path from the worst public health crisis in decades.
But Johnson’s big day was spoiled by the “catastrophe” as the National Health Service app ordered hundreds of thousands of people to quarantine themselves. I got a warning that the supermarket shelves could be empty soon.
“If we don’t do it now, we have to ask ourselves, when will we do it?” Johnson plans to circumvent the 10-day quarantine requirement. Just hours after being forced to abandon, he said Finance Minister Rishi Sunak.
“This is the right moment, but you have to be careful. Sadly, you need to remember that the virus still exists.”
However, more than its European peers, 87% of the UK’s adult population is vaccinated once and more than 68% are vaccinated twice, reporting a more complete preventative effect. It has been.
In the UK, from midnight, laws requiring masks to be worn in stores and other indoor environments, bar and restaurant quotas, and rules limiting the number of people who can interact with each other have expired.
Johnson has set COVID-19 restrictions in England, and delegated authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have created their own policies.
Supermarkets warned that they were facing tensions as companies across the UK faced a shortage of workers as the NHS app pinged people and instructed them to quarantine.
“At this point, it’s a big problem in all industries,” said Steve Rowe, CEO of Marks & Spencer. “If there is a shortage, you need to manage it by changing the store’s opening hours to reduce the time. Anyway, the industry is in pain because the logistics are tightly implemented to improve efficiency. Is the supply chain. “
British society seems to be divided about restrictions. Some want to continue strict rules for fear that the virus will continue to kill people and overwhelm hospitals, while others suffer from the most annoying restrictions in peacetime history.
Johnson faced protests on Sunday when he and his finance minister’s snack tried to fend off quarantine with a special plan for senior ministers and civil servants. After Health Minister Sajid Javid tested positive, he will be quarantined in his country’s residence in Checkers.
As the dawn rose to London, the clubber danced overnight at one of the first rule-free live music events since the pandemic began last year.
“I’m not allowed to dance like eternity,” said Georgia Pike, 31, in an oval space in Hackney, eastern London. “I want to dance, listen to live music, feel like I’m in a gig, I want to feel like I’m around other people.”