A Chalfont St Peter Parish councillor expressed his concern over a statement made by councillors from BAME communities during a workshop set up to encourage BAME people to take the threat of COVID seriously.
Cllr Jonathan Rush, who represents Chalfont St Peter Central, said he was horrified to hear many BAME youth believe they are immune to the virus and many older ones just don’t believe it affects them too.
The councillor is also condemning the Football Association as later the same day he watched a Liverpool vs Chelsea match and he noticed after every goal hugging and yelling ensued, meaning sweat and exhaled droplets enveloped the celebrating players.
He said: “’Millions of BAME youngsters must have watched the match and their role models’ behaviour; they would have had their incorrect, dangerous beliefs confirmed.
“The government is quite correctly putting more responsibility onto councils to prevent local outbreaks and guard against a second wave. Councillors will be at the forefront of efforts to persuade BAME communities to behave safely.
“The government’ guidance on elite sport states social distancing will be maintained wherever possible and between competing athletes will be a priority. It recognises that this will not always be possible but surely there is a huge difference between quick tackles and lengthy goal parties?
“Councillors can justifiably feel the Football Association is letting them down by permitting its players to indulge in excessive celebrations. Yes, difficult but not impossible to stop.”
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