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Do you think we need tougher lockdown restrictions?

Is it that we need tougher lockdown restrictions or is that some people are not following or flexing the rules that we have?

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that ‘every flexibility’ of the rules could prove fatal.

Senior ministers have discussed the prospect of introducing tighter lockdown controls in an effort to improve compliance with the current rules, according to reports.

The Prime Minister reportedly spoke with senior ministers on Sunday to evaluate “whether the current lockdown rules were working” in reducing the spike of coronavirus cases, the Daily Telegraph suggested.

The paper said the Government was considering scrapping the exemption allowing people to exercise with one other person from outside of their household or support bubble.

A Government source is said to have told the paper that the allowance was “being used as an excuse for people to go for a coffee in the park with their friends”, adding: “It may be we tighten up on things like that.”

Ministers are also preparing to tell supermarket bosses to get tougher on policing social distancing restrictions and mask wearing in-store, the Times said.

People could also be asked to wear face coverings in shop queues and even at work, it was claimed.

As well as the Prime Minister’s discussions, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove was said to have chaired a separate emergency committee over the weekend during which attendees examined stricter possible measures and initiatives to boost compliance.

England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty urged the public to “stay at home unless you absolutely have to” as the next few weeks will be “worst weeks of the pandemic”.

What are your views? Are the current measures sufficient? Are the rules too easy to flex? Would tougher restrictions ensure that the rules aren’t open to misinterpretation? 

Do you think we need tougher lockdown restrictions?

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ginntonic
5th Feb 2021
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I don't think we need tougher restrictions, we need everyone to follow the ones we have now.
Terrytop
31st Jan 2021
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Disgusting how so many people are still not wearing masks and not social distancing while out and about in shopping areas throughout December and January.
I say make these safety measures mandatory, and if the cops cant cope, we could all start taking photos (but beware of the danger in doing this) and send the pics to our local newspapers and ask if they would put them up on a 'name and shame' page.
Maybe the prats may take some notice if we could expose them and hopefully get their friends and relatives to give them a talking to and a good bullocking...
Ibby2628
23rd Jan 2021
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Yes, but this is due to selfish people bothering to the rules.
Northern Silver
16th Jan 2021
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I don’t think we need more restrictions.
- We need people to abide by the restrictions already in place.
- We need shops and supermarkets to enforce the distancing rules, and the ‘one shopper per trolley rule’.
- We need businesses and individuals to stop looking for loopholes in the regulations.
- We need people to wear masks, wash hands and keep to the 2 metre spacing.
swaneldo
15th Jan 2021
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Would be utterly pointless - if a minority can't follow simple safety instructions, they will certainly not follow any safety instructions. When certain business and sports sectors which involve people closely mixing are allowed to continue operating, there's no logic to 'lockdown'.
viking
15th Jan 2021
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Quite agree with you.
I sometimes wonder how these large football clubs winge so much about their lost revenue, when the wealthy owners can pay so much to their " players ". Presumably they are upset that the TV companies are not paying out for non appearances.
Ariadne
14th Jan 2021
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As an added thought .what is happening to the immigrants ,that no doubt crossing the Channel in their hundreds ,and scampering off into every corner and crevice ,never to be seen again ,but no doubt spreading the virus ,
LiaH6
14th Jan 2021
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There's no point in making tougher and tougher rules for those of us who are obeying them, when there are people who are deliberately flouting them.
Ariadne
14th Jan 2021
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As usual ,it's a small minority that spoils everything for everyone else.
We are hanging on the verge of the U K becoming one huge
Concentration camp. Why is so much effort being put into caging
us .?Yet no effort is going into finding the nest of this virus .It has taken A YEAR for a few investigators to pop over to China ,to have a look around ,Think it's called "closing the stable door ,after the horse has bolted "
Tinysmiles
13th Jan 2021
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Due to the new variants we here in our block of flats are in isolation. We can no longer meet in the communal lounge. This is tough as most of us are far from loved ones but if this is what it takes to end the plague, lets do it.
chari
13th Jan 2021
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Why are building sites still operating? Why has it taken so long to investigate passengers arriving in UK?
JE
11th Jan 2021
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I think that the current rules would be sufficient if the messages were clear, consistent and people were challenged for not following them. However that doesn’t seem to be the case and more people are just doing their own version of the rules. The number of times I have heard people who are doing their own thing say “ ........ but I am being sensible!”.
Also in my experience it is not only the younger generation who are not complying and it is often the older age group who are just as guilty particularly in ignoring social distancing, and continuing to have friends and relatives visit them in their homes.
123Siobhan
11th Jan 2021
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Just watched yet another wishy washy gov't bulletin where the specific question was asked of how far you can go to exercise. apparently if you are on a bike it is a far as you want. But if you need a car to get to a park or other outdoor space you cannot do it, nor can you take your own drink. However there are still those peo9ple who think they are exempt from the rules.
viking
13th Jan 2021
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The reason these bulletins appear to be "wishy washy " is that this government is trying to appease all shades of the spectrum to include Extinction, Freedom Fighters and others.
This follows that things will never change.
viking
11th Jan 2021
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The government in Singapore seems to have got things right and have put the lid on Covid. I do realise that the inhabitants are more law abiding than in the west , however they took stern measures early on, which would if applied to this country would produce buckets of protest from the "freedom fighters" in the UK.
This government has tried [ without sucess ] to appease all shades including anarchist groups and others [ unable to mention by name or Mdm editor will censor ] who we all know of. Unless really strong penalties are applied to these law breakers then nothing will ever change.
Wilf
11th Jan 2021
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It's interesting as the Australians and New Zealanders have managed to stop it and they are essentially no different than us in outlook etc and both islands. Oz may be bigger in size but its population is in big cities mainly. They seemed to have sorted it by being really tough and policing it-good on them both. Pit we dont do the same here we could have had the virus sorted last year!
Wilf
11th Jan 2021
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To me it's always been very simple. Be tough-make a decision and stick with it. If Boris had just kept the strict lockdown last spring and kept it going AND also put all incoming travellers into the UK in a government-sponsored quarantine for 2 weeks like the Australians did we would not be in the total mess we are in now. What a fiasco!
chari
13th Jan 2021
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Except it started too late and people were going to work on crowded public transport without masks, bus drivers without protective screens etcetc. Cheltenham allowed, football supporters from Spain which had huge numbers of infected allowed into UK. passengers arriving in uk are only now 10 months later being checked at all.
Wilf
13th Jan 2021
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Yes I totally agree-too little too late!
FrancesG61
11th Jan 2021
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Some of the younger generation need to be targeted more as they are still not listening. They still go into shops/supermarkets in groups of 2 or more without masks on despite being asked to wear them. They are not above the law. Shops and supermarkets should be given more powers to make them leave if they don't comply.
shrew1742
11th Jan 2021
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There will always be 'IDIOTS' who don't adhere to whatever rules are laid down. Rules are made because selfish people don't do as they are asked. The restrictions should be enforced much more firmly, and if the 'IDIOTS' still break them hit them hard with huge fines or put them where they can't cause any harm...... PRISON !!

They really do make me angry. Grrrrrr !!

Bring back the birch,,,, Bring back the stocks....

He says...... With tongue in cheek. But then again !!!!
Terrytop
31st Jan 2021
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YolandaM
11th Jan 2021
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Unfortunately, people will do what they desire. Not for the good of their families or respect for others. We see it everyday when we go for a walk we try to find places in the countryside to avoid all face contact, due to no social distancing, no respect, or etiquette whether it be dog walkers, bicycles, walkers or joggers. They just don’t care it is all about them. That is not just disgusting, it is shameful. Tougher rules would not be hard for us as we are following the gov. Guidelines since the March lockdown. Enough is enough!!!!
BabsC
11th Jan 2021
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To be totally honest I don't see this lockdown as any different to a normal day I live in Devon and it is like the summer holidays here the roads are so busy and so are the beaches. The first lock down you hardly even seen a car let alone the sound of one the only thing you could hear were the birds singing. People in the shops don't give a dam about leaning across you to get what they want and they will stand right behind you at the check out without a mask on wearing a lanyard saying they don't have to wear a mask, and when you say to them please keep your distance they say im behind the line! doesn't matter that your stood on the line waiting for the person in front of you to finish makes me so angry as I said to the till operator please can you ask her to keep her distance and she said we are not allowed to say anything.(I understand that bit to be honest for fear of confrontation I don't have to work there she does ) I really don't understand some people (the lady without the mask ) anyway this has led to me not going out at all. Thank you that lady for removing the only time I went out of my house for me 🙁
HappyHippie
11th Jan 2021
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they need to make the rules clearer, and get tougher on the idiots who think this is a government scam, bring in the army if they must because this is a war, a war against a deadly virus and a war against stupid people.
AnnB226
11th Jan 2021
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Use common sense. Shame thats not catching
EAR 48
11th Jan 2021
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Restrictions should be put in place to stop all the unessesary journeys people are making. Put a limit on how far to travel for exercise etc. Not alot has changed in the 3rd lockdown and it should.
Marley444
11th Jan 2021
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I totally agree - in France, they were saying you can't go further than 5 miles from your home address - at least then there is no room for misunderstandings.
LizR37
11th Jan 2021
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If you go into any public building then wear a mask - not hard to do. The goverment should "curfew" people ie if you live in Hackney then you do not go outside that area unless it is for work or a medical reason. People seem to get fed up as all these "rules" are for our protection yet boat loads of immigrants allowed in and no testing at airports
jeffsoo
11th Jan 2021
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More people should just follow the rules we already have, I don't know what part of deadly virus they do not understand
MrsPat
11th Jan 2021
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There are still people walking around without masks. Even the government used to say masks are not that effective but they really need to get the rules toughened up or this will get even worse. We are just staying at home daily.
Marley444
11th Jan 2021
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Judging by what I saw at the weekend in my local area, I was walking my dog, and was surprised at how many groups of people are out walking, cycling in packs with a real lack of social distancing. It is such a challenge to get this right but judging by the numbers which keep increasing we are not getting it right. There seem to be so many mixed messages. I still find it quite staggering that some people value their freedom more than their life!
Bald123
11th Jan 2021
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They need to get a lot lot lot tougher. I have just read in the Daily Mail Chris Whitty is saying up to 2,000 people a day could die. This is just disastrous. They should have clamped down months ago.

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