They're getting 'lockdown fatigue' and have stopped following all the guidelines.
Coronavirus cases are once again rising in the UK. The government has already moved to implement stricter restrictions than during the summer, and rumours are swirling that another national lockdown is coming (some local ones have already been put in place).
There are lots of reasons why lockdown fatigue could be happening. Staying away from loved ones and fun activities is tough. At the same time, the rules are easy to dodge: the UK has neither the ability nor the political appetite to send coppers into every living room to check for unauthorised mingling. The introduction of lots of different rules in different parts of the country without much warning or explanation has also led to people flouting the law out of frustration or sheer confusion.
Another factor seems to be that for some individuals the literal cost of things like quarantining is simply too high. Many workers who can’t do their jobs at home aren’t entitled to full - or any - pay if they isolate for the recommended two weeks. Some may even lose their job. While the government has introduced some financial support for the lowest earners, there has been criticism that it isn’t generous or wide-reaching enough. Some point to Austria, where quarantining employees who can’t work from home are entitled to all of their normal pay. The amount of people there who stay home when sick or exposed is reckoned to be about 98 percent.
…so how are all our groups and communities in society linked to together? On some level or another, we’re all governed by the same state, whether we like it or not – via paying taxes, using public services, or complying with regulation in our businesses and purchases… so how do we come to a consensus on what role the government should play in the economy?