England’s ‘free-for-all’ could make older people fearful to leave their homes, charity warns


The National Pensioners’ Convention (NPC), the campaigning organisation for older people in the UK, has voiced concerns over the easing of COVID-19 restrictions on July 19, warning that the “free-for-all” could make people fearful about going out again.

The organisation says that while many people long for a return to normality, the new Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement that we could have up to 100,000 new cases of Coronavirus per day by summer is “frightening”.

The NPC also fears the 50 deaths a day being projected by health experts due to the ending of restrictions, are once again likely to be among our oldest and most vulnerable.

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Jan Shortt, General Secretary of the NPC commented: “The Prime Minister has already said that infections will rise, and that we will see more deaths – have we not had too many already? 

“We urge the government to give clear guidance on keeping safe, including the wearing of masks in public places and on public transport for the good of everyone.”

She added: “Many older people are concerned and worried about the message from the government on ending lockdown. The ‘free-for-all’ depicted in the information from government sources is making older people (and potentially others in society) anxious about going out into crowds and being targeted because they are either wearing a mask or not.

“Those of us who are happy with the new freedoms must respect people who have good reasons to want to be part of society again but feel the need to still take precautions. Their fears should be understood and respected.”

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