We must do better in tackling second wave

The death rate in Britain for Covid 19 has been one of the highest in the world but what is important now is how to stop the second wave from spreading across the country.

Most countries across Europe thought they had Covid 19 under control but almost everywhere the numbers are on the rise again.

The problem with lockdown is that it destroys the economy so it can only be used short term. Britain cannot afford another lockdown.

We must use what we have learned to deal with the virus from now on. In future we have to rely on social distancing, quarantine and wearing masks to keep us safe.

There is no point in digging into the past looking for mistakes. The important thing is the future. We now face the second wave. Britain must do better this time.

Steve Halden

Beaufort Green


On your bike but stay off the pavements please

It's all very well the prime minister telling people to get on their bikes, but we have to stop them riding on footpaths, its dangerous and illegal, with a £500 maximum fine. They think they own the footpaths. Cycle tracks are for cycles, or the road.

Alan Shrive

By email

Remember the blind in planning for new normal

With lockdown easing, it’s clear the Government wants us to become more active, return to work and dine out again. To support this, local authorities have already begun to create new cycle lanes, e-scooter trials have started, and more tables and chairs are appearing on our pavements.

But some of these changes are having a direct impact on blind and partially sighted people, who can’t see where new cycle lanes cross walkways, find it difficult to identify silent e-scooters and have paths blocked by al fresco dining outside restaurants.

It’s essential that local authorities consult with disabled people to consider the effect these changes may have on people who are blind or partially sighted, or who have other mobility issues.

Space for new cycle lanes should be taken from roads, have controlled crossings, and not affect bus stop access.

E-scooter trials must not inadvertently increase obstacles on the pavement, and businesses considering putting furniture outside should think about how disabled people will navigate around it.

Our ‘new normal’ should be as open and inclusive as possible, to help everyone get back outside – not make it more difficult.

Eleanor Thompson

Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Royal National Institute of Blind People