It was interesting watching the paparazzi crowding around Dominic Cummins. They were demanding answers on why he had broken the rules and yet there was probably no more than a few centimetres separating them let alone two metres. Obviously the press are allowed to work to different guidelines.I don't often sympathise with the government but while they are doing their best to save lives, too many others are taking not a blind bit of notice....
Today, the promenade and beach here were packed and too many groups of all ages were obviously sticking two fingers up at social distancing. It seems that this is turning into no more than an extended paid holiday.
If the media show too many scenes such as this, the government will be giving serious consideration to ending salary support and sending everyone back to work.
On today's evidence, I wouldn't blame them.
I wasn’t making a judgement on Cummings one way or the other. What I could see was the irony of the paparazzi outside Cummings house with their faces almost touching each other. If they saw someone else doing that it would be all over the papers.From Governmnet guidance updated 22 May 2020:
Public Health England recommends trying to keep two metres away from people as a precaution. However, this is not a rule and the science is complex. The key thing is to not be too close to people for more than a short period of time, as much as you can.
One of the problems of the Government position with regard to Cummings is that it has become harder to say who is in the wrong as the idea of "spirit of the rules" has been blown away.