From the Times
Hugging new friends will not be possible until a vaccine or treatment for coronavirus has been found, Matt Hancock has said.
The health secretary also told people to abandon hopes of going abroad for a holiday in the months ahead, agreeing that “summer is cancelled”.
My summer of 1985 was a glorious one. Out of college for a long break, meeting up with my friends, playing in our (terrible) band, all night gaming sessions, camping, drinking cider (illegally), successfully picking up girls. You get a few of those summers in the years between being a child and being an adult, and we’ve ruined this one. We’ve sacrificed the summer of youth, and indebted the nation, mostly so that a lot of old people who spend most of their days gardening, watching Countdown and doing crochet can have a few extra years of it.
What’s going to be the point at which kids on social media decide they’ve had enough and would like someone to jump on their bones and everyone else can stuff off? Because hugging new people is pretty much shagging new people. Are they going to wait a year of spending time with Madame Palm and her Five Daughters for a vaccine to appear, which might not?
Temporary measures to contain an outbreak of a pandemic are one thing, but we can’t live forever like this.