Yesterday saw what has been now named ‘Freedom Day’ after the removal of restrictions took place across the country following regular lock down periods. Despite this, local shops and high street stores are still urging people to wear masks inside their premises to stop the spread of Covid and a third wave from taking place.
Here in Havering, local leaders have been sharing their views on Freedom Day and the current situation.
Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas told the Havering Daily:
“I want a return to normal life for everyone as soon as is safely possible. Setting an arbitrary date to relax restrictions when case numbers are massively increasing is taking a gamble with the health of the nation.
The government mishandled the pandemic with their delayed lockdowns, absence of PPE for NHS and care staff, a £37bn chaotic track and trace system and sending untested older people back into care homes.
The latest “pingdemic” reached new levels of farce with the Prime Minister and Chancellor attempting to sneak away and avoid isolating after being pinged. As soon as they were rumbled to save face they have had to isolate.
For me, this is yet another example of this government demonstrating there is one rule for all of us but it doesn’t apply to them.”
Romford MP Andrew Rosindell told the Havering Daily: “
“It has been a long year and a half or so, but what a relief to finally say that legal coronavirus restrictions are over. We are finally in a position where Government is guiding the public, rather than instructing the public. This is a position that should have probably come some time ago, but it is better later than never. “
Havering’s Leader of the Council, Councillor Damian White told the Havering Daily:
“The relaxation of the rules means we can all feel a little freer and enjoy getting out and about a bit more, but it’s important that residents continue to stay on their guard to help stop the spread of the virus.
“If everyone does their bit by getting vaccinated, regularly tested, wears their mask in crowded spaces and keep indoor spaces well ventilated, it will make our summer and our community feel a lot safer.”