Romford MP Andrew Rosindell today writes in the Havering Daily on the latest restrictions.
Over the past week or so, concerns have been raised about a new variant of coronavirus, dubbed “Omicron” by the World Health Organisation. There are concerns that it may be more transmissible and also that it may be more resistant to vaccines than previous variants.
These are all legitimate concerns and I’m glad to see the Government taking quick and decisive action on this, by banning visitors from countries where the variant has been found, ramping up testing and also accelerating the vaccine programme.
These are sensible measures which I support and I absolutely believe you should get your vaccine when the time comes.
However, I am completely against further restrictions on our basic freedoms. Many have called for masks and social distancing to return. Some are even suggesting that we may need to close some venues.
I was against lockdowns and restrictions earlier this year. I was against them in autumn last year. I want to make absolutely clear to the people of Romford: I am against them again this winter.
Our economy was badly hit during COVID and still hasn’t fully recovered. Fortunately, the damage seems to not be as bad as was expected, thanks to the fortitude of the British public and the vaccine programme, but there are many other devastating consequences that we will live with for many years to come.
So, I fear that further restrictions could deal a blow from which it would be very difficult to recover. In addition, restrictions will do nothing but delay the matter. One of our advantages over Europe, which is currently suffering an awful wave, is that we ensured that our wave of infections took place over the summer months, when the NHS was better able to cope.
The U.K. is better prepared for a winter of COVID, due to the vaccination programme. Time to meet the challenge head on, without fear. We must keep calm, carry on and keep Britain moving forward. The British way!