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How can anyone be blamed for not following the Covid restrictions if Boris Johnson doesn’t understand them?

THE blizzard of Covid restrictions is an absurdity.

How can anyone be blamed for not following them to the letter if Boris Johnson doesn’t understand them?

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Some make zero sense.

The 10pm pub and restaurant curfew is both ruinous and unscientific, since only a tiny percentage of new infections happen there.

Even the “six” in the “rule of six” is a random number.

In some parts, people are barred from socialising outdoors despite epidemiologists saying the risk outside is negligible, especially in an autumn breeze.

The bewildering curbs sow confusion, disobedience and derision.

They are the product of a PM too reliant on panicky advisers who are over-compensating for their earlier complacency and have nothing to lose from doom-mongering.

They are making huge decisions too hastily and without scrutiny from MPs who are less stressed, more level-headed and have first-hand knowledge of behaviour in their constituencies.

They must be included in the process.

Boris must keep his chief advisers at arm’s length.

Yes, deaths are climbing slowly and rising cases seem scary.

But this new surge is just a tenth of what we suffered in April, since when survival rates have dramatically increased.

The Government must go back to basics.

We all understood social distancing, hand-washing and masks.

The “second wave” — though that term is too dramatic — is due to too many becoming lazy or cynical about those rules.

So ram home again and again that those remain our best weapons. And trust us once more to stick to them.

But otherwise liberate us to live our lives and rebuild our economy.

PM Boris Johnson struggles to clarify if people in North East can meet in a pub garden under new coronavirus restrictions

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