Should 'Super Saturday' be cancelled? Conerns as lockdown eases

Pubs, cinemas, salons and restaurants up and down the country are gearing up for ‘Super Saturday’ as lockdown lifts.

Following months of strict government guidance and restrictions, thousands of businesses will be able to trade again on Saturday, July 4.

However, there are major concerns of a second wave due to the amount of Brits predicted to flock to their local pub, cafe, cinema and hairdressers this weekend.

Discussing whether ‘Super Saturday’ should be cancelled, Good Morning Britain hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid were joined by Professor Linda Bauld during today’s episode.

Appearing on the ITV show via a live web feed, the public health expert says she is ‘very concerned’ about July 4 as she reveals that NHS Trusts have been told to ‘prepare for Super Saturday like it’s New Year’s Eve.’

“We’re opening so many things on July 4 at a stage when, particularly in England, there are far more cases than for example in some equivalent European countries. when they open up” She said. “And I think Leicester shows us that things can go wrong.”

“In terms of what’s happening on the 4th, it’s not just obviously pubs and restaurants, but lots of other things and us being encouraged in England to meet people indoors.

“So these things together and the final point I just made, we’ve seen a letter published in the Health Service Journal from NHS England saying to NHS Trust to prepare for this like it is New Year’s Eve.”

She added: “Accident and Emergency has about 40 per cent, often more, of what they deal with is alcohol related. So I am very concerned about this all happening at once, particularly on a Saturday.”

Commissioner of the Met Police, Dame Cressida Dick, is urging people to “be calm, be sensible” when pubs reopen on Saturday

The most senior police officer in England says police have been preparing “for some time” and had “extra resources in place” for July 4.

Also appearing on the show was Phones4U founder, John Caudwell, who says that even though extending the lockdown wouldn’t make a difference to the economy, people need to get back to work.

“Most of the damage has already been done.” He said. “So extending the deadline wouldn’t make that much of a difference.

“But we do need to get people back to work, we do need to limit the damage and more importantly, actually the government need to invest massively into the future.

Regarding going out over the weekend, he added: “Whether it’s a good idea on Saturday night, I’m not absolutely certain listening to that argument.

“But we do need to get people back to work, and if that doesn’t go ahead on Saturday it should only in my opinion be a consequence of more bad news coming if Leicester is an isolated example.”

The concerns come as Leicester remains the first city in the UK to go into a local lockdown after a spike cases of coronavirus in the city.

Over the past week, Leicester had 10 per cent of all positive cases in the country.

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