If this bonkers coronavirus messaging continues, Britain may start to ignore it | Imogen West-Knights

The government’s mixed signals on what is permissible are sapping trust, with potentially fatal consequences

Go to the pub, but don’t come into contact with other people. Only meet in groups of six, but also sit in a restaurant with 30 other diners. Go to your office, but don’t go by public transport. Listen to the scientists, except when we’re ignoring them. Relax. Under no circumstances should you relax.

It is sometimes difficult, in the face of such mixed messages from the government, to resist the urge to crescendo directly into a full-throated scream on getting out of bed in the morning.

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