This is something I see frequently in the media eg on Dec 12 (dates made up for example purposes) your local political leader says that you are permitted small gatherings of X people in your backyard; on Dec 14 same political leader states that the situation has gotten worse and that said gatherings are not permitted. Cue the various statements that the citizenry is “confused” by this.
Here’s the deal IMHO: from the start of this thing until herd immunity is achieved the numbers don’t matter in determining what we should or should not do. In my example above, between Dec 12 and 14 nothing actually changed except for the politician’s statements. It’s not difficult actually - wear a damn mask when you’re with other people, try to keep a two metre distance and avoid gatherings. These fundamentals don’t change and covid will always do covid things, regardless of policy.
Why is this so difficult for people?