Not actually accurate. We haven’t been in a real lockdown for a long time (despite what those calling next week “Freedom Day” would like people to believe). You can go to leisure centres, theatre, cinema, restaurant, shops, etc. as long as they are able to maintain social distancing. Masks are also mostly required in all of those places, although it isn’t enforced anywhere. I can’t remember exact numbers, but you can meet multiple people from different households and you can go into each others homes if you wish. It’s been that way for a couple months now and restrictions are pretty minor.
The scenes of the football seems to be justified by it being an “outdoor” event. The experts claim that outdoor gatherings aren’t super-spreader events, although that would be conveniently forgetting the Cheltenham horse racing last year that should never have happened. The scenes you saw of commentators in the studios would require distancing, as they are indoors.
The current regulations and guidances are minor inconveniences and there is really no reason to be lifting them (other than for smaller businesses that can’t operate with distancing requirements and aren’t getting the support they should be getting). On the contrary, with the infections shooting up (31, 772 cases yesterday) even before the events of the past week are seen to have had an impact, we really should be putting more in place to try and control what is happening.
What is really going on is that the government are now in a panic because they think they aren’t going to be able to relax restrictions entirely during the summer if they don’t do it now. They worry they will miss out on all of the summer spending they are desperate to happen. They know that come September/October time as things start getting cold and flu season starts on top of all this that the NHS will be in complete disarray and they will need to put restrictions in place again. They are aiming for another repeat of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme fiasco that they did last year, which saw 100,000s of people rushing out to restaurants and spending money.
They might even get away with it, if the hospitalisations stay down. Lots of people will be sick and those who can’t get vaccines for other health reasons are likely to be fucked, but the hospital numbers are only showing minor increase… so far. If that continues, then most people won’t give a shit about the minority that wont be able to leave their homes for fear of no one caring anymore about protecting others.
We just have to hope that all this spreading of the disease doesn’t allow a vaccine resistant variant to develop and completely screw up the one thing that they managed to actually do vaguely successfully (although the actual rollout was the NHS and all they really did was sign contracts that screwed other countries).