Boris Johnson has been accused of ‘copying’ Nando’s PERi-PERi rating system as he set out his “five alert” plan to ease coronavirus lockdown measures.
The Prime Minister addressed the nation in a broadcast from Downing Street to provide the “first sketch of a road map for reopening society”.
The plan for future changes to the measures will depend on a ‘five alert’ system – with Level One meaning the disease is no longer present in the UK and Level Five being the most critical.
The Prime Minister said it had been at Level Four during the period of lockdown and we are “now in a position to begin to move in steps to Level Three”.
The alert level will inform the government on how tough social distancing measures should be – the lower the level the fewer the measures, and vice versa.
During the address, a graphic was used to illustrate the alert levels and show where we are currently – and viewers were quick to notice they had seen a similar graphic before.
The chart used bore a striking resemblance to the chicken chain Nando’s ‘PERi-ometer’ for customers to choose their desired spice, from mild flavours like lemon and herb to extra hot.
And with the Prime Minister facing accusations of a ‘confusing’ update which ‘ raises more questions than it answers ‘, some suggested adopting the Nando’s scale for greater clarity on the whole situation.
We can’t argue it would make everything a lot clearer for us.
Using the Nando’s system, we’ve been at Hot during the time we have spent in lockdown, and we’re slowing taking steps towards Medium.
Restrictions will ease further if we make it to Lemon and Herb, and plain – unlike at Nando’s – is truly the holy grail. We want plain, we love plain.
If we all keep doing our part, we will get there.