Commenting on today’s legislation to control the spread of the Omicron variant, Michael Fabricant says: “Having rebelled last week and voted with Labour to support veteran’s campaigner Jonny Mercer’s amendment to help Gurkha and other former British soldiers from overseas (I mention this to show that I do, from time to time, vote against the Government), I see no reason to vote against proportionate and urgent legislation today to control the Omicron variant of Covid especially as the law will not affect most people. The contentious area of legislation does not force people to get vaccinated – though I highly recommend it – and will not apply to shops, supermarkets, cinemas, theatres, or pubs. So most people’s lives will remain unchanged by this new law.
“It will only apply to nightclubs where people meet in a hot and steamy environment, indoor unseated venues that host more than 500 people, outdoor unseated venues that host more than 4,000 people and any event that hosts more than 10,000 people. That rules out most venues. In those cases, you need either to show you have had two Covid vaccinations or a negative lateral flow test in the last 48 hours. Hardly onerous rules to control the virus.
“I do understand the strong views of some of my colleagues, but I think they are over-reacting in the safe knowledge that the legislation will pass anyway as Labour are supporting these Government measures.
“The less contentious issues being voted on today include putting into law the existing face mask rules and making it mandatory for people working in the NHS to be vaccinated. The latter will come into force in April.
“As from tomorrow, every adult over the age of 18 will be able to book their booster jab online and avoid long queues. I strongly urge everyone who can get jabbed to get jabbed as we are now learning of even more people in hospital with the Omicron variant.”
And on GB News, Michael explained more about this when he was questioned by Patrick Christys and Mercy Muroki about the Covid restrictions being debated in Parliament and reveals how Boris Johnson almost lost his life.