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El Matador

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  1. Why? Last year hospitalisations and deaths were very low over summer and that was with a peak in March/April. This year the peak was in January and we're vaccinating at an unbelievable rate. Scientists will always be cautious as they have nothing to gain by being anything else. It's the role of the government to balance the science versus all the other considerations. I don't see any reason why we can't get rid of social distancing by the summer.
  2. If there aren't indoor events this winter then when will there be indoor events again? Every adult that wants the vaccine will have had both doses. No reason to delay getting on with normal life.
  3. If social distancing is still enforced after the whole country has been vaccinated, we might as well throw the towel in and accept that we're living in 1984.
  4. I can't believe it's realistic that it'll be August until indoor household mixing and hospitality are allowed. By the end of March half the population will have had their first dose. Can't see the justification for then waiting another 4 months to allow people to meet indoors.
  5. When you read the article, the expert says that if you lifted all restrictions now then you'd have a large wave which I think most people wouldn't argue with. Clickbait essentially.
  6. Wonder if we'll see an impact due to the weather next week. Expect there'll be a lot more cancellations and no shows. Hopefully can find a way to maintain the progress.
  7. Completely agree. The current restrictions won't be sustainable once there's a big drop in numbers though.
  8. Its the role of the government to weigh up the scientific advice against all the other issues. If hospitalisations and deaths are back down towards summer levels with the vaccine rollout going to plan, there's no way that the government will be keeping these restrictions in place, no matter what the scientific advice is.
  9. Is there evidence for that? I have to go into my office in Central London some days and everywhere around there is deserted.
  10. They've had considerably less deaths per head of population than the UK and their numbers have been on a downward trend for weeks. There's obviously a number of variables involved, but I don't think we're in a position to say that Sweden have failed.
  11. I can't see how a curfew has any significant impact. The streets are hardly full of people after 10pm. Its also a move that makes me extremely uncomfortable from a civil liberty point of view.
  12. I struggle to see how any of those would make a significant impact. School closure is the only tool left that has the potential to make any change in my opinion. Other measures feels like doing something in order to be seen to be doing something.
  13. Agreed. Numbers clearly on the way down in most areas before the lockdown. If anything I'd say the numbers call into question whether this national lockdown was necessary or whether the regional approach was working.
  14. As someone that grew up in the central belt, I can confirm that it's definitely not a new term
  15. Not my experience at all. Pretty much without exception, everywhere I've been has taken it seriously. Also if you close pubs, people don't stop socialising. You just move it from pubs to homes. I struggle to see why there's such a widespread belief that closing pubs is the answer.
  16. Pubs and restaurants opened in the summer and there was no increase in cases. Why is the assumption now that pubs are the main problem?
  17. What is this based on? Mask wearing is a relatively minor tool in minimising the spread of the virus and the vast majority of people are complying with the government advice/legislation by wearing a mask where mandatory. A lot are also wearing a mask where its not mandatory. I can't believe that a small minority refusing to wear a mask in the supermarket is going to have any significant impact on virus transmission so its really not worth getting worked up about.
  18. Completely agree. Getting rid of cash is one more element of personal control lost.
  19. I am cynical for thinking that this could be more to do with ticket sales rather than local lockdown?
  20. My company have made them mandatory if you leave your desk but no need to wear them when you're at your desk. Assume that will be standard practice.
  21. I can't tell if you're being serious but no quite clearly that's not from today.
  22. Viruses have always been around and we've continued to have festivals up until this year. The difference with this virus is the fatality rate. However if drugs are developed to reduce the fatality rate for this virus such that its similar to the likes of flu then there's no reason not to hold festivals, even if we don't have a vaccine.
  23. The View at lunchtime on the pyramid stage 2007. Was a weird slot for them and I don’t remember it being great. Actually 2007 was my first year and I don’t remember many great sets at all. Probably a mixture of the weather being a constant downer and not moving around the stages as much due to the mudbath. Super Furry Animals is the only set I remember loving.
  24. Arctic monkeys 2007. Wet, cold and underwhelming.
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