Andrew Lloyd Webber has warned ministers not to let “selfish” vaccine rejecters derail plans for the final stages of easing the lockdown.
The music composer said today that those who don’t get a shot of Covid “are as bad as drink drivers” and are affecting “a huge number of jobs and livelihoods”.
As restrictions on theaters were lifted this morning, Lord Lloyd Webber said he would not open shows in his theaters until all measures were removed because it was “too expensive” to play. a small audience.
But he warned that those who refused to be vaccinated during his offer put the June 21 date at risk for the final leg of England’s roadmap, when remaining restrictions are expected to be relaxed.
As restrictions on theaters were lifted this morning, Lord Lloyd Webber said he would not open shows in his theaters until all measures were removed because it was “too expensive” to play. a small audience. Pictured: The Mousetrap reopens at St Martin’s Theater
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s World At One, he said: “Look at it this way. You could just say, “I would like to go out for a drink tonight and drive home and accidentally kill someone.”
“Now it looks like no one is going to come out and deliberately infect anyone with Covid, but that’s completely wrong if we know the science.
“We know that vaccines are very effective and we know that they are really incredibly safe.
“I think the Queen put it pretty well when she said we have to think of other people in all of this. “
He added that the June 21 date for the final unlock was “absolutely critical,” warning, “If that doesn’t happen, I really don’t even want to think about it.
The music composer said today that those who don’t get a Covid hit “are as bad as drink drivers” and are affecting “a huge number of jobs and livelihoods”.
“It has been such a devastating time for everyone.
“I feel so deep right now, especially the people who don’t get the vaccine and everything, how selfish it is because so many people depend on that June 21 date, they really depend on it. “
It was a view shared by Tory MPs Conor Burns and Marcus Fysh, who said people who refuse vaccines should not delay easing restrictions.
Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns said: “As a nation we have tolerated with general good humor the deepest restriction of our peacetime freedoms for the greater good.
“It wouldn’t be fair to do it again for those who have been offered a vaccine and who have freely chosen not to take it – fully aware of the risks.
Theatergoers get their temperature checked upon arrival at St Martins Theater in London’s West End
Yeovil MP Fysh said it would not be “reasonable” to delay the “full release of restrictions” on June 21.
“The vast majority are vaccinated, the vaccines work and the rest are now at extremely low risk of harm,” he said.
“If people don’t want to get vaccinated, it’s not up to society to protect them. “
Their comments come after a senior minister told Politico that “the risk is that a small number of idiots will ruin him for everyone.”
Downing Street said concerns about the impact of the coronavirus on unvaccinated people were not the only reasons the spread of the Indian variant had led to uncertainty over the June 21 date.
In the worst-case scenario, where the Indian variant is much more transmissible than the existing British strain, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said: ‘What we would talk about then is a situation where it is not just people who are resistant to vaccines or vaccines. hesitant, or those who did not seek their first vaccine, could catch coronavirus, but those who have had the first dose or those who have had two doses but for whom the effectiveness of the vaccine is reduced.
“This would then lead to an increase in hospitalizations and put unbearable pressure on our NHS.
“This is the situation we are trying to avoid here.