Ormskirk Advertiser

These mea­sures risk do­ing more harm than good

- The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

LIKE most sen­si­ble peo­ple in this coun­try, I take the Covid threat se­ri­ously – too many peo­ple have lost their lives to sen­si­bly do oth­er­wise. But the Covid cause is badly un­der­mined by so much ev­i­dence of highly defensive de­ci­sion-mak­ing by too many peo­ple in a po­si­tion to in­flu­ence our lives.

I am not al­lowed to en­ter my GP prac­tice to pick up rou­tine pa­per­work, even though I am with­out Covid symp­toms and pre­pared to wear a face mask, sani­tise my hands, and prac­tise so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

In­stead, I have to stand out­side and have my con­ver­sa­tion via the in­ter­com, where all oth­ers wait­ing hear my query. In turn, I be­come privy via the boom­ing in­ter­com to per­sonal de­tails of a fel­low ex­cludee wait­ing in in the cold, and won­der why we can­not be al­lowed in­side.

I am only al­lowed to en­ter the coun­cil re­cy­cling de­pot with two other cars, even though there is patently am­ple space for more, and ev­ery­thing is be­ing done in the open air where we know things are safer. Every­body knows this is daft, but it ap­pears to have be­come a sa­cred cow.

And when I visit my bank (HSBC – soon to be clos­ing) I find that some­one in charge seems to have mis­read the two-me­tre so­cial dis­tanc­ing rule and de­cided in­stead to roughly dou­ble it for good mea­sure. So again we wait out­side, this time in the driz­zle.

Such prac­tice risks do­ing much more harm than good. It makes me, and I sus­pect oth­ers, feel tempted to chuck away the mask and throw cau­tion to the wind, per­haps even find­ing some­thing in com­mon with the Tory right wing for the very first time in my life.

And that, for some­one with strong lib­eral val­ues and a life­time of com­mit­ment to the pub­lic sec­tor, would be very bad news in­deed.

David Monk, via email

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