The British Government's early response to the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020
Treated Like Rubbish
Knitted Plarn (plastic bin bags), Welded plastic carrier bags and a Tesco 'Bag For Life'
133cm x 70cm x 10cm
In the first few months of the Coronavirus pandemic the British Government's lack of preparedness for such an event was found out. Despite having spent millions of pounds of taxpayers money on a new storage facility and a stockpile of protective garments for frontline workers, the useable supply of these items ran out within weeks. It is not yet clear why, although corruption and inept governance is likely to eventually be proven.
Once the masks, gowns and gloves ran out doctors, nurses and carers were forced to improvise with plastic bin bags.
This useless apron has been made from knitted plarn, made from plastic rubbish bin liners. The 'reusable' face mask was ironically made from a supermarket 'Bag For Life' and the gloves made from a plastic carrier bag.
The back of the piece records the names, ages and occupations of all those frontline workers who died whilst employed in frontline services between February and May 2020, many of whom relied on plastic bin bags for their protection against this deadly virus.