Officials ponder ‘social bubble’ contact limits for reopening, possibly enforced by smart phones

Officials ponder ‘social bubble’ contact limits for reopening, possibly enforced by smart phones
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[Ed. – Zero Hedge has done a good job of putting together the implication from mainstream media news on this.  We knew Belgium was going to get citizens’ lists of four people to socialize with in the reopening period; the UK is eyeing lists of 10.  And those contact tracing measures America’s governors are so enthusiastic about?  They could well be deployed on your smart phone, not only to warn you that you’re in proximity to someone who’s been infected, but to warn the cops – as third parties – about such close encounters.  All punctuation in excerpt original.]

Governments are preparing for a post-corona world. They are relaxing social distancing rules, and public health experts have been figuring out how people should proceed with socializing. One solution could be “social bubbles,” which means small groups of people will be allowed to socialize with each other outside their household regularly.

Europe could be the first continent to implement the new scheme. The UK government is calling it “10 friends and family” strategy. This would enable people to socialize with ten friends and family for sporting activities, having a beer, and or even having dinner. …

Psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopoulos is optimistic about social bubbles:

“At the start of COVID-19, people would have been like, ‘Are you kidding me? This is ridiculous!'” Papadopoulos told Market Watch. “But when we’ve not been allowed to see anybody bar immediate family for close to two months, I think people will see it as progress and a welcome development.”

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