I did plenty of reading and lots of thinking overnight and I believe that the government misjudged their message.
Although I do believe that we should continue to practise social distancing, the timing of the announcement was poor. They gave 2.5 hours notice to adhere to a new set of rules, with Eid looming. This could cause more harm than good and the science doesn’t seem to support their strategy.
I read the covid 19 symptom study detailing the number of new cases which was steady (around 2000 new symptomatic cases per day, estimated 29,000 prevalence in UK). The surge of increased cases in north was said to be reducing.
I think that we should be trusted to manage our own risk. For me, this means seeing friends and family as before with a caveat of care.