But if there will always be new variants popping up, which seems likely, does that mean we'll just keep shutting down in the future as and when? How can any business plan ahead and how can anyone plan their lives?
I know that a vaccine doesn't mean zero Covid, but it seems to have made the population significantly safer, or as safe from the virus as we'll realistically ever be. So, if not now... when?
Post by HereForTheatre on May 15, 2021 21:26:18 GMT
Well to be fair we aren't all vaccinated yet, so we aren't as safe as we are ever going to be yet. We will be at the end of July. New variants are a cause for concern when there are still large groups of people still not vaccinated and able to get sick and pass it on at higher rates than vaccinated people.
I'm confused! Just watching the news and they are live in a bingo hall. No one is wearing a mask. I can understand not wearing one in a restaurant when eating but surely sitting playing bingo you should wear one especially as you have to wear one in the theatre. What's the difference?
I sort of hate myself for this but I’m thinking if you’ve been offered a vaccine and you’ve refused it, why should I care if you get poorly? I’m coming down on the conclusion that I only really care if the hospitals get full of no-vax people and you and your avoidable sickness stops someone with an unavoidable sickness getting treated.
There are good reasons for people not to be vaccinated, but there are very few, far fewer than the number of people choosing not to be vaccinated now. It's the same argument as mask-wearing when the pandemic was at its peak in the UK - a few people had good reasons not to wear masks, but there weren't many, and those who hid behind "exempt" just because they wanted to be radical or didn't understand the science made life much more difficult for those who did actually have serious reasons why they couldn't mask up.
I respect the right of people to choose not to be vaccinated. However, if you choose not to be vaccinated without a serious medical exemption backed up by your GP, then commercial establishments, be they hospitality, cultural or retail, should not be obliged to serve you should they choose not to.
We are on the verge of a breakthrough but it's tentative as we haven't got vaccinations to the whole community at the moment and we have a new variant; messing up now could set us back several months and that means an even longer wait for us to get back properly to the things we love.
Short version - I don't think you're a bad person.
I think the bad people are those who refuse a vaccine without a genuine medical exemption.
If every entertainment venue, restaurant, airline and hotel had a requirement to prove vaccination or doctor-signed medical exemption certificate then I suspect many of those who have refused so far would be first in the queue to get jabbed.
That should be the rule once the vaccine has been offered to everyone, either that or a negative PCR test at the attendee's own cost, not just a free lateral flow one.
Post by CG on the loose on May 17, 2021 23:23:29 GMT
The message at the Belgrade Theatre tonight was "keep us open for live performance by wearing a face covering at all times" ... put the onus on the audience, where it belongs. If you're going to go out and about, do so in a way that doesn't put others at risk.
That aside, it was just wonderful to be back in a theatre... there were brief speeches from the theatre's Executive Director, Joanna Reid, and from the show's producer, Richard Lewis, to welcome back the audience. The experience itself... shared laughter, shared applause (rather than feeling mildly ridiculous applauding on your own from your sofa!), bad behaviour (yes, you - in the 5th row, with your mobile phone out every 5 minutes!).
The show was funny, particularly so in the hands of Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw who work so well together, but I think I'd have been grinning behind my mask even if it had been dire. Just because I was there.