May 13, 2020 at 16:41 #151321Marc CrosbyKeymaster
With the first partial easing of lockdown restrictions coming into force today (in England), do you think the government is making the right decision? Do you feel safe with the restrictions having been lifted, or do you think we’re coming out too early?
And are you one of the employees going back (or thinking about going back) to work now?May 14, 2020 at 12:50 #151323Sunnii-ElleParticipant
I think it’s way too soon. I know it might be different from elsewhere in the country, but driving to work in central London is a no go. If everyone floods back to work how are we meant to be social distancing from each other on public transport?May 14, 2020 at 16:48 #151331Annie ThorpeKeymaster
I’m in York – most people are still sticking to the rules, but we’re lucky in that the city is REALLY walkable or easy to cycle around.
The main streets are wide enough / pedestrianised so you can walk distanced from each other, but once shops start to open again it’ll get packed I think. The small alleys, snickets, ginnels and of course the famous Shambles and surrounding streets should stay closed for a long while yet.
It’s hard for many businesses here, because we started the year with horrendous flooding, too. In fact, the media SAID we had horrendous flooding, so our tourism plummeted. In reality, it affected none of the city centre and people could’ve easily enjoyed their visits here (the flooding WAS really bad, but the city is prepared for it and the defences held it back from the entire city centre other than a few riverside properties that normally flood anyway!). So, the city economy already took a massive hit at the start of the year, and now it’s facing an even bigger and longer-term downfall in trade. Tourism is the centre of our city economy here – and I think a LOT of places are going to close. But I’m not sure opening them up soon will do much – especially if hotels can’t yet open either. If people can’t come to stay here, they’re not likely to want to visit!May 15, 2020 at 11:19 #151344MaureenParticipant
I’m sorry, but I think lockdown is ending far too soon. What progress has been made? What will stop the virus spreading like wildfire again?
Ending it now is irresponsible and will do more harm than good!May 15, 2020 at 11:35 #151345PaulParticipant
I feel quite conflicted on this and feel uncomfortable fully embracing either side of the argument. I’m by no means a ‘lockdown sceptic’, I absolutely think it was the right course of action and that it makes total sense to only start emerging gradually. However, I think there are some advocating a lockdown that is a little bit…’hysterical’, shall we say, …this idea that we can simply stay inside until there’s a tangible ‘change’. Trouble is, I don’t see what that kind of change will be – a vaccine, if they make one at all, could be years away, and test/tracing will probably take some time to get going as well.
In the meantime, the economy is taking a huge hit, businesses are closing down, people aren’t going to the hospital for other serious conditions (which will mean a high death rate later down the line) and people’s mental health is seriously suffering. We have to talk about ways of coming out of lockdown, but it needs to be done sensibly (I don’t think making everyone rush for the tubes is sensible at all!)
I do, however, agree that the government is right to allow us more liberty to exercise and I get annoyed when people go on about how we ‘police’ it. Of course, as we come out of lockdown bit-by-bit, enforcing the rules is going to be harder, that’s inevitable, so it’s going to increasingly rely on compliance and trust in the people. But if the science says it’s safe that we can exercise and meet one family member at 2m distance then I think we should be allowed to do that, regardless of whether it makes enforcing rules difficult – our aim is to come out of this, at the end of the day!
I’m not saying this is easy, and I totally agree we need caution every step of the way, but only today Slovenia has officially called an end to its epidemic, the German R rate only went up for two days but seems to be staying low, Norway is talking about a total lifting of restrictions in June etc. Now I know we can’t compare ourselves directly to these countries, we have been one of the hardest hit (and it’s going to take some time to full understand why that was), but we have to be hopeful, we have to see there is an end in sight and we have to move on from constant chatter of how we ‘enforce rules’ and instead talk about how we can sensibly lift them.May 19, 2020 at 12:42 #151416claireParticipant
personally I think lockdown happened too late, and here in scotand we are still in lockdown as its too soon to go back to no lockdown.
I thought since the pm had the experience of near death himself with it that he would be more sensible, take things more cautious, and be more open. don’t get me wrong im not a fan, but I feel for him haven had to go through that. iv experienced near death like that many times so I know how it feels. I just thought maybe it would of made him better and think more of the peoples lives than money.
I think personally there will be at least a second wave, more deadly than the first. and we have to be cautious at every step. its sad so many thousands have lost their lives, and so many have been affected mentally by it wether someone close to them had it and survived or sadly didn’t survive, or they themselves had it, or even just mentally from the lockdown.
things yeah do have to slowly get back to what is now going to be a new normal, etting the most essential places up n running again, trying to get money flowing as much as possible, but has to be done in small precise stages, very cautiously.
I hope everyone and their familes are ok , keep safe, we will get through this together. and to anyone who is an essential keyworker such as nhs, emergency services, care workers, supermarket staff and all the others I cant name, thank you so much for helping to save our lives, keeping us going and just for being you and being so selfless to put yourself in the danger for us. take careMay 19, 2020 at 13:25 #151422LaurenParticipant
Living in a sea side resort which has a larger older population, with many in care homes and until now a relatively low infection rate, I am very concerned Boris’ permission for people to have day trips of any distance will cause a second spike which could be so damaging here. As a family we have prepared for a more severe lockdown, not a relaxation of the current rules.
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