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The Ping Pox is killing struggling businesses whilst the only thing Test & Trace is saving is a very dangerous narrative that’s on its way to dividing us all #pingpox

There was a moment – which it’s safe to say has long since passed – when for the many, Test & Trace still offered the feel of being a security blanket. Yet with more and more events opening up to large groups of people and many more people now behaving as if lockdowns have already ended, it stands to reason that a respiratory illness – rather more like flu than the Government will admit – is circulating around the population in a way which is touching just about everyone.

That moment or silent watershed was reached when the number of vaccinations given passed the point when the most vulnerable age groups had received both of their Covid jabs. Now, the data coming from tests is flawed simply because it exceeds the ‘data-not-dates’ perimeters that the government itself set. So much so in fact, that with Monday 19th July now keeping everyone hopeful, the medical bods have gone full-circle and are now threatening more doom and gloom unless we go back to hinging our freedoms on their data – just like we were committed to by Johnson before.

The problem for the hospitality industry is that businesses that have been targeted so zealously throughout are now falling foul of what has become little more than a ping fest. One where people who may be carrying Covid or who may have just been in contact with the virus – nobody is sure which – if at all – are triggering Test & Trace and condemning what is quickly appearing to be anyone and everyone who comes within Bluetooth range.

Test & Trace – notified via your smartphone only is advisory. This means you are not obligated to act upon what it says. However, with the way that the destructive Johnson Covid narrative has rolled out creating what has become for many an artificial, yet damagingly unretractable state of fear, the end result is a ridiculous number of staff working in public facing businesses and organisations who now feel obliged to exempt themselves from work.

Being pinged has quite literally led to an imaginary illness. The ‘Ping Pox’.

Private lockdowns the only symptom of the Ping Pox. And somewhat ironically, even the NHS is now under threat because of the way this fear-fuelling app is still being treated as if it is a bomb-proof way to identify threats.

If the app must be used – and that has always been and is becoming increasingly questionable – the advice must change from immediate isolation if you get pinged to go get a test and then follow it up in a few days or something very similar. Only a positive, documented test for Covid for an employee should lead to their exclusion from work or the closure of any premises – if that is ever necessary.

Pubs and licensed premises are already skating on ridiculously thin financial ice because of the shocking and unnecessary way they have been targeted. They are being pushed to the brink by nothing more than a political choice. Livelihoods and lives are being destroyed by the pressure and influence of specialists who see life for everyone under their own myopic terms.

Pub Landlords and the staff that have stuck with them in jobs that now have very little certainty are being punished for no good reason other than that local regulation and policing of the licensed trade has made it an easy and very visible choice. The industry is having to adhere to rules that are not fit for purpose. Staff, Owners and Managers are being excluded from working and trading because of an illness they themselves are unlikely to ever be troubled with.

Learning to live with Covid is the only way. It always was. But there is a massive disconnect between saying and actually doing where the Johnson Government are concerned.

Small businesses – and in this case the industries and supply chains behind them, need to be released from all restrictions. Businesses must be allowed to get on with doing all the things that they know how to do best.

Pubs, the hospitality staff who want to help all of us enjoy our lives and many others are suffering from nothing more than an imaginary Ping Pox. It is a condition that nobody other than our self-serving politicians can actually see or in their own minds benefit from.

Rather than stick to the narrative that they are continually aiming to control, Boris and his Government need to be big enough to let us all go free. July 19th is simply not soon enough.

The talk of 5 winters worth of social distancing simply will not do either. The Government has to grow up and be big enough to realise that you cannot please the loudest voices at the cost of the silent or forgotten majority all of the time.

Covid has changed not only the political terrain, but that for business, locality and the UKs relationship with the outside world too.

Narratives are all well and good for those who believe that image or what others see is everything. But the stupendous errors and mistakes that the Government made in calling a lockdown and then following up with wholly inadequate measures to support businesses and employees then unable to work set the Government on a journey where each lie they have told has had to be covered by many more.

Policy decisions have been made not in the best interests of everyone at the time, but what is best for a Government filled with politicians who are afraid to do anything that can be interpreted as wrong by the media and used against them. They believe that by controlling the narrative in every sense, they can create a legacy that will show them as being strong.

Covid is here to stay whether we like it or not. Zero Covid is a fallacy. It’s time for everyone to start living with this endemic illness and to get back to living life – just in the way that handled differently from the start – we always should.

The Ping Pox is a fake illness created by the Johnson Government that is causing problems for more and more of us in the real world.

Perhaps It’s time for Test & Trace and the NHS Covid App to be condemned to the recycling bin. Unless it’s just used like a game to be played in an imaginary world without the real-time imaginary friends.

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