Further delays in easing coronavirus restrictions in England could hamper economic recovery, a pub chain chief warned.
According to Boris Johnson’s unblocked timetable, most restrictions are expected to be lifted by June 21st. However, there are concerns that the schedule could change.
Jonathan Neame, managing director of Shepherd Neame Brewery and Pub Company, told BBC Radio 4’s Today, “For example, if it’s seven days delayed but there’s still a certain outcome, the restrictions will be completely lifted afterwards with a marginal impact.
“On the other hand, if we get into a cycle of another five weeks of data review and uncertainty and further reviews at this point, I think it will significantly dampen the recovery, which is happening fairly quickly. This moment will really undermine consumer and business confidence.” . “
However, a senior scientist stressed that caution should be exercised to determine whether England’s coronavirus restrictions can be lifted next month or whether the situation could worsen “very, very quickly”.
Sir Tim Gowers, a professor of mathematics at Cambridge University, told a national newspaper that the disadvantage of being “a little more careful” is much less than the disadvantage of doing something wrong.
When asked about the next step in easing the lockdown in England, due June 21, Prof. Gowers said he did not think the plans were necessarily compromised but cautioned caution.
“Because Boris Johnson did a big deal with all steps being irreversible, I think he put himself in a position where once he takes a step he will be very reluctant to go back, because it’s a big one U-turn would be an embarrassing climb, ”he said.
“So I think if you play like that, you should be very, very careful with every step you take … and maybe everything [will] OK, maybe the number of people vaccinated is just enough … “R” remains by and large below one even with Indian variants.
“But when it’s wrong, then from math, we know things get bad very, very quickly. At least it doesn’t look that fast at first, but it grows exponentially.
“So it’s getting faster and it’s becoming a big problem.”