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Does the new ‘Stay Alert’ slogan convey a clear message?

There are mixed reactions to Government’s new Covid-19 slogan

Britons are now set to be asked to ‘Stay alert, control the virus, save lives’.

The Government’s new slogan for the next phase in the fight against coronavirus has drawn a lot of scorn, and a certain amount of praise.

After the successful bluntness of the shutdown message of “stay at home, save lives, protect the NHS”, Britons are now set to be asked to “stay alert, control the virus, save lives”.

Top-selling Harry Potter author JK Rowling immediately hit out by saying: “Is Coronavirus sneaking around in a fake moustache and glasses? If we drop our guard, will it slip us a Micky Finn? What the hell is ‘stay alert’ supposed to mean?”

Andy Burnham, the  Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester, tweeted that it “feels to me like a mistake to me to drop the clear” stay at home message.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to unveil a coronavirus warning system when he outlines his plans to gradually ease the lockdown while dropping the “stay home” slogan.

He is set to outline his “road map” to a new normality during an address to the nation on Sunday.

Mr Johnson is planning to urge workers who cannot do their jobs from home to begin returning to their workplaces while following social-distancing rules.

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The old message was to ‘stay home’

Dave Ward, general secretary of the Communication Workers Union, said: “The messaging from this Government throughout this crisis has been a total joke, but their new slogan takes it to a new level.”

He wondered: “Stay alert? It’s a deadly virus not a zebra crossing.”

Writer and comedian Adam Kay added that it would be “difficult to stay alert to something that’s 0.0001 millimetres in diameter. This pandemic is going to have as many spikes as a coronavirus”.

There was praise for the new message from the Bruges Group think tank.

In a tweet, it stated: “The Government’s new slogan is good. Green replaces red for a calmer feel. ‘Stay Alert’ replaces ‘Stay Home’ and underlines individual responsibility. ‘Control the Virus’ is a positive message. It’s within our power to achieve.”

What are your views? Does the updated slogan convey a clear message? Did the slogan need changing? Are we in danger of reducing some of the caution we have been taking? 

Does the new 'Stay Alert' slogan convey a clear message?

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Barton babe
19th Jun 2020
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How can we stay alert at something we cannot hear your see? This government does not know what it is doing. To slow in closing airports, this should have been done end of January. Our people that returned from holidays from over seas should have been put in Quarantine for two weeks straight away. I have no faith in this government at all at the moment.
sparrer
7th Jun 2020
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Yes it conveys a clear message that the government can't decide what to say or do so it keeps changing its mind.
SueC62
23rd May 2020
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Sat here in Turkey, I've been watching the UK news report on the nation's reaction to the new 'Stay Alert' message with the added freedom to go out as much as you like to exercise and it's OK to travel.

Here in Turkey, as elsewhere in the Muslim world, we are entering a four day celebration of the end of Ramadan. It will be my first experience here but from what I can gather it's similar to our Christmas in that normally, there is lots of visiting friends and families, sharing meals and the children get money or chocolates. Except here, the whole country has been put on 100% curfew for the four days of the celebration. No one can leave their homes, the beaches and parks remain closed and there are massive fines and/or imprisonment for those who flout the rules. But then in the last 7 days we've had under 46% of new cases that the UK has had and less than 10% of the deaths.
Phian
22nd May 2020
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I cannot see a problem in "Stay Alert". There is enough publicity surrounding the virus situation and there is no chance a lockdown would have been obeyed for much longer.
I am by no means a fan of Mr Johnson but his biggest mistake was to expect common sense from 100% of the population. In the unprecedented situation the Government found itself in there was bound to be mistakes. The experts who gave advice varied greatly in their opinions, some suggested going down the herd-immunity route but the Government considered that they were shouted down. Others still fail to agree on the lockdown easing, should it happen or not and if it does, how gradual should it be.
Being in the vulnerable category, I am keeping my head down, trying to ignore the media hysteria and hoping for the best.
ASwain
17th May 2020
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The new 'slogan' is unclear!
Even more (younger?) folk just flooded the streets, shops and public areas as soon as there were hints(/leaks to the 'media') that the message and slogan were going to change.!!!
Attitudes have changed over the years. Nowadays, a lot of folk believe there have the right to do whatever they like, regardless of others, and that they'll never be challenged, or caught.
Slogan should have stayed the same, or changed to:-
"KEEP EVERYONE SAFE,
and AVOID A FINE!
STAY HOME,
(whenever possible)."
Valleyman
16th May 2020
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There is some thought that the slogan is designed to get people talking about what it means and thereby understand things better. I'm not sure about that. It's all tricky, and the government makes mistakes, but just remember what could have been, Abbott as Chancellor and Corbyn as PM. Now that really is terrifying.
MikeR3
16th May 2020
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The message is fairly clear and we do need to rely on people to be sensible. there will always be idiots who are selfish and do what they want.
a few things I think the govt should have done differently
1. keep lockdown until 1st june
2.cancel schools for this academic year restart 1st September
3. face masks to be worn on public transport. masks handed out at transport hubs as is done in other coutries
4. pay cut by MPs to show we are all in it together
jeanmark
19th May 2020
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Interesting thing about schools as state schools have been instructed to open but Public Schools remain closed until September, now that should tell us something!
PatrickH
15th May 2020
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What a s..t storm these imbeciles have done to us!

They get too much money for not a lot of intelligence .

Slogans. Not sending 'ministers' to answer quality questions.

Handcock will not say if he would take a pay cut, like the PM in New Zealand.

I wish we could sack the lot of them.

I wonder how long emergency service workers will be valued when this all ends ?

Its the poor that pay all the time.

We should have an open enquiry NOW. So people do not have time to forget the shambles that this has been.

I thank God that this isn't 1939.

Dont vote tory again
Gwendaelizabeth
15th May 2020
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Ambiguous and open to. Interpretation
MollyUK
13th May 2020
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These slogans don't come as a result of deep consideration and thought. The advisers need to get something "out there" which is quick and catchy so people will remember it. "Stay alert" is, imho, a poor slogan, because it's pretty meaningless - we've been alert all along, haven't we?! After several days, they should have discussed it more deeply and explained exactly what the slogan means. For example, meeting only one family member at a time, staying 2 metres away, is ludicrous - we could go round the supermarket and be 2 metres away from several people all at once! Do they mean that our relatives should stand in a queue and we "meet" them individually, one at a time? Personally, I won't be changing anything about the way I observe the lock-down. I'm staying home and not attempting to meet anyone. Better safe than sorry.
Yagala
13th May 2020
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It is nice o have a slogan like this one, but one has be told firstly what is it all about, (health, community, grouping together, children free to run about, and so on and on) then we can use this slogan to the full for every one will know what it is all about.

Like in the war " the enemy is listening" and then came the slogan, but here there is nothing.
JohnM275
13th May 2020
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Take mi drunk I’m home!!
Catton
12th May 2020
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We have been staying alert since this pandemic started.

B.J.latest message is too ambiguous and will be interpretated in many different ways. The phrase give an inch and take a yard comes to mind. I am prepared to stay in Lockdown until I feel confident that we have things under control. I could have a long wait but knowing people who have had the virus I am not prepared to risk it.
jeanmark
12th May 2020
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Credit @RussInCheshire:

In the last 24 hours government ministers have:

1 Accidentally made it illegal to drive to Wales

2 Stated, wrongly, that Covid-19 is in the water supply

3 Made it easier to see other people's parents than your own

4 Issued guidance about business that the London Chamber of Commerce have instructed us to ignore

5 Issued guidance about lockdown that 3 of the 4 nations in the Union have instructed us to ignore

6 Released advice top experts were not given a chance to review and approve

7 Said the announcement had to be on Sunday, so it could start Monday

8 Then said they meant Wednesday

9 Then said we must go to work

10 Then said we must not travel to work

11 Then blamed the public for not understanding them

12 Then appeared on TV to explain the rules, got them wrong, and had to be corrected by Piers Morgan

13 Then appeared in Parliament to explain the rules, got them wrong, and had to be corrected by the opposition

And that’s just Monday
Wilf
12th May 2020
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Looks all perfectly clear to me! I have just had a pint of Guinness though!
Lionel
12th May 2020
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viking
12th May 2020
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How can anyone make hard and fast rules, when this covid 19 does not fit into any previous catagory of outbreaks and all the health professionals are on a learning curve.
Unlike the seasonal UK flu epidemic every year, this has some sort of pattern and can expect 60,000 deaths each year from it. Apart from the misery and suffering this covid 19 causes. It is not yet known what the long term effects will leave on those who have recovered, as there is no previous history to fall back on.
Supersabre
12th May 2020
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It all seems a bit vague. People need to hear decisive leadership. One simple message : stay home or take the consequences.
iestynlad
12th May 2020
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Most UK dwellers need to get alert anyway! We are becoming a bunch of gonks
Lionel
12th May 2020
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What other could Johnson have said that would have made matters more clear? If the Great British public is not aware of the scale of this problem, the scale of our economic and financial crisis, and don't know by now how to take care of themselves and others then there's little hope for us if we ever attain 'normal' again.

We've had wall to wall C19 media coverage 24/7, experts screaming at us at every chance of a moment of fame, journos writing and speaking by the yard ... how does Johnson better that? How may he hold our hands and walk us through?

It's all been out there for us. What we should and should not do. If some people want to be an exception to the rules, as occurs in most walks of life now, then let them. Let's just be sure the penalties fit the crime.

I'm no great fan of Johnson but it is we who will dig ourselves out of this hole, not him. All he may do is advise. It is we who must take all appropriate measures setting down selfishness and using our better judgement.
Wilf
12th May 2020
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I think the message about stay at home was loud and clear Lionel and the Police could enforce the rules. The problem now is it is all too "wishy washy". People will take advantage of that. As for a 50 page document, it's obvious the government wrote that...50 pages? It should have been 1 or 2 pages on a website. Stay at home. Wear masks when you are out etc. The French government has given all the population masks with the name of their local area on so and a rule of no more than 100km from your house so if I am in a park in Nice with a Paris mask on or no mask at all its pretty simple to get stopped. I think Boris needs to be tougher-like Winstone "Blood, toil, sweat and tears" The Brits will follow that-we all have this common enemy now.
Mari50
11th May 2020
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Hiya
I think that the message being sent around by Johnson is very confusing and in my opinion would only escalate the virus more. I must say that Scotland has the right idea. Stay on lockdown a bit longer to make sure. The West Country has the lowest death rate I wonder how long that will last with the new proposals. Sorry I am going off on one but I am gettin very worried
jeffsoo
11th May 2020
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Boris came across as a very good leader, relying on people's own intelligence to know this deadly virus is still out there. The point is the country cannot go on in total lockdown. At some point, the government had to give us all some light at the end of the tunnel. All will be clearer Monday afternoon when the 50-page plan is published.
Wilf
11th May 2020
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Is it really a 50 page plan? I am not sure that many people will read it. Boris should just make it a one pager and simple
Jules510
11th May 2020
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That’s great! 50 pages coming from a man who admits only reading simple emails
SueC62
11th May 2020
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I can't believe how anyone can say the UK government have handled it well or are doing a good job. They obviously haven't been following how other countries are handling it. The UK deliberately failed to take steps early on that could have minimised the number of cases. Even now they still haven't put in place any controls at airports. And as for this 'lock down'; no it isn't a lock down. In Turkey (where I opted to sit out the virus) and Spain (where close friends live), as well as closing all but essential shops and banks, they closed parks and beaches and put strict limits on people leaving their homes. They also introduced extremely high fines for breaking the rules. Now, both countries are starting to ease their lock downs very slightly but able to switch back very quickly if cases rise again. The UK, now instructing you to go out for exercise as much as you want, will find it very difficult to reverse that decision if needed. Thankfully it looks as if most people have decided to continue to 'Stay Home. Save Lives'.
Belal
11th May 2020
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It's very worrying what will happen next some people dont even understand stay at home.we have been self isolating for over 6 weeks and will continue to do. We are retired so dont have to think about having to go back to work too soon.I know my daughters very nervous about this.
Jan1959
11th May 2020
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I live in Wales and there is some concern that as people in England are now allowed to travel to a place of exercise will they be travelling to Wales as many have previously tried to do.
Jules510
11th May 2020
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The same applies to the Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, The Lake and Peaks. People will try to travel for exercise if they are living in a city, so yes we will find some travelling further than is necessary. My fiancé is self isolating in Wales and I am self isolating in England, we haven’t seen each other since 21st March. I am still going to adhere to the “stay at home” rules, but I’m afraid lots will not. How would you deal with my situation?
Puglove
11th May 2020
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Sorry Boris I think you've got this one wrong. We should be staying home, so many people will push the boundaries, give them an inch and they will take a mile!
The_bees_knees
11th May 2020
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Stenmark
11th May 2020
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The response to the PM's slight change in strategy has been ‘fevered’. A lot of people saying it is all so confusing and there seems to be a fair amount of anger and anxiety. I think the message was clear in as much as you can be in 15 minutes; a 50 page document following it up is expected this morning. Many of the confused, angry and anxious people are, I think, in this state for two reasons:
1. They want the government to provide the detailed interpretation of the rules for their particular situation, instead of them making a sensible interpretation themselves using common sense and following the spirit of the message. Maybe these people are not used to or capable of doing this on their own. Someone else usually makes the decisions for them.
2. They want someone, the government, to provide them with an answer to this bizarre and unexpected crisis. They expect a government to be like an all powerful parent keeping them safe and always knowing exactly what to do. They need to accept some uncertainty and understand there may not be a perfect answer out there from someone else. They need to use their judgement in the context of governmental direction.
I am no fan of the way the government has responded to this pandemic but feel it is wrong for uncertain people to rubbish the advice and cause disquiet. This also applies to certain politicians in the 'north'.
SueC62
11th May 2020
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Most people aren't confused but they are angry and anxious because they know how badly the government are handling this and that idiots will take the new 'advice' as a green light to continue ignoring the UK's version of 'lock down'. I've been amazed and angered by the amount of photos of 'self isolating/social distancing' photos on FB by friends (soon to be ex-friends) who having never exercised in their life but now go out for lengthy walks.
jeanmark
11th May 2020
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I would expect any government to lead the way rather than expect all people, regardless of level of knowledge or experience, to make there own interpretation of what the 'leader' of the country has stated. It is the governments responsibility to give unambiguous advice as they are the ones with experts to advise them. The electorate should not have to try and interpret the message being sent, it is the senders responsibility to ensure the message is clearly understood. This government chose to ignore their own finding from Exercise Cygnus held in 2016 to gauge preparedness for just an eventuality.

I believe most people expect a degree of uncertainty in their lives and do understand there are rarely perfect answers for all of life's twists and turns. However, when something as devastating as a pandemic occurs, it is right and proper to expect the government of the day to give guidance and advise, as they have a much bigger picture than the average person.
1sirdon
11th May 2020
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I am a diabetic and vulnerable adult with mental health issues am I still on lockdown. It's getting to the point where I'm scared to go outside
SusanM6
11th May 2020
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How is this going to be interpreted by the millions of UK citizens? Is it a green light to go back to living our lives as before or is it an extra tier to the previous messages? Why can't the government give us a clear and consistent message and why are world leaders not working together to get through the pandemic?
Captain Dick Lawton
10th May 2020
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I have developed a sneaking respect for Boris recently, and I think,considering the way this crisis jumped out from the left field the British government have done an excellent job.
Today's announcement was a little confusing though: will it lead to packed roads tomorrow, with people heading for the hills? Will guys be fishing and guys be sailing? Its great that open air is open again but I think a caveat should have been included to limit expeditions, if only for the sake of the rescue services. As an RNLI volunteer I know the difficulties that will occur if the 'silly season' kicks off while we are operationally restricted, and the same must apply for mountain rescue teams etc.
Here in Scotland we are still on full lock-down on Nichola's orders. Will we see crowds heading for the highlands again and the police having to turn people around at the border?
jeanmark
10th May 2020
4
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Stay alert, many people haven't even been able to stay at home!
alamohogie
10th May 2020
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It is not positive direction and could mean different things
Maggiehavingfun
10th May 2020
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Nothing has changed, there is no vaccine . The National Health Service still needs to be protected . sadly over 31,000 vulnerable people have died, either due to health issues or bring health professionals. More are still going to die .
jacacc1210
10th May 2020
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We live in Northern Ireland and the government here is still telling everybody to stay at home. It seems like all the dissolved governments are saying stay at home and it is only England that are saying Stay Alert. We were looking to move back to England but for now we will stay in Northern Ireland where it is much safer, who would have thought that 30 years ago. Everybody stay well and safe during these difficult times xx
DiF3
10th May 2020
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Agree with you. Also here those that are flouting the lockdown rules are not punished much. Slap on the wrist, small fine maybe or just told to go home. I read in our local paper that the same people have been told 7 times not to gather in the park ... 7 times. Police need to really crack down on people like that. I am staying behind closed doors, even if Boris says I don't have to. Not going to mix until I am really sure it is safe.
jacacc1210
10th May 2020
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I think in Northern Ireland they were use to lockdowns from when they had the troubles and the vast majority of the people here have stuck to the lockdown and also want it to stay for a little while longer. We have only had 435 deaths here and per ration 100.00 people in is by far the lowest of all the 4 home nations. Everybody stay safe & well there is still a lot more life to live xx
Havering
10th May 2020
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Stay home and stay alive seems more appropriate, considering that there is no cure for a virus, government and the business world want everyone to return to work, they are more concerned with the economic impact, not the life impact on people, "Stay Alert", where the F**k did that come from.
Bald123
10th May 2020
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What idiot came up with "Stay Alert" ? This is not WW2 dad's army looking for German spies. This is 2020 and the last message was as simple as possible Stay at home. Even my dog gets that. Stay Alert? I think Boris may have been swayed by some advertising guru.
Putty
10th May 2020
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Or, more likely, Cummings who still believes in herd immunity so the idea will be get the young, healthy, people out and about and let them get the virus as ‘not very many’ of them will end up in hospital, or die, and keep the old and vulnerable indoors until there is enough general immunity. Borrowed this idea from Trump.
Bald123
10th May 2020
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Yes you are probably right as they were talking about the population getting a Herd Immunity about 7 weeks ago then all that idea fell apart. It is viable so long as people cannot contract it twice and I saw on the BBC a Professor form the Jenner Institute in Oxford a few weeks ago who when asked this question said she did not know yet if it was only possible to get it once and then you become immune
jeanmark
10th May 2020
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The only problem with this is herd immunity tends to works when enough people in a community are vaccinated against a disease, which can make it more difficult for the disease to spread to vulnerable individuals who have not yet been or cannot be vaccinated. As there isn't a vaccine yet it is difficult to rely on this as a way of controlling the disease!
blackbeard
10th May 2020
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A slogan, or in advertising terms, a strap line, doesn't necessarily say what it means. These slogans will only mean something to those who already care

The message often has an alternative implication. The slogans the government have been using have on most occasions been too open to misinterpretation.

Those who choose to flaunt the "rules or are they guidelines?) will not take any amount of notice, even it was imprinted on the back of their eyeballs

What we have needed, and still do is a positive, definitive non-apologetic, non-British message saying exactly what we should all be doing and to be more specific as to who can do what

Our government has been too British in its approach, in as much as we've been very apologetic about the inconvenience. If that inconvenience saves lives then inconvenience it is
oncepasty
10th May 2020
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I think that the message means that if you are going out and about remain cautious of where you go and what you do,who ypou meet.It is simple really. Of course if you are too intelligent this will not be understood.
Blueninak
10th May 2020
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There seems to be an increase in Spain and Germany after easing restrictions, we need to learn from this, I don’t think we are truly safe until we get a cure or vaccine.
Zoe K
10th May 2020
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BE ALERT, THREE CHEERS FOR LERTS! An old joke but I ain't cheering.
As someone that must self isolate due to health reasons, this scares me. The prospect of returning to work in a prison and no 2m distancing possible is serving such anxiety. I am considering downsizing, retiring at 56, living off the surplus equity which is not massive. There is only my 90yr old Dad and I . I am not willing to risk my life and leave him for ANYBODY! Very worried is an understatement!
JE
10th May 2020
7
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As we are at a critical stage in fighting the virus then surely now is the time for clearer and firmer instructions. It seems to me to be a mistake to change the slogan to something more wishy washy. The new slogan is open to misinterpretation and abuse by those ready to flout the restrictions. Also the police are going to have an even more difficult job in applying the restriction rules.
Tricia68
10th May 2020
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What does this mean for those who are high risk?
MerylR
10th May 2020
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I really don't care if stupid selfish people take risks with their health, possibly with their lives. I do, however, object very strongly when their behaviour impacts on MY life. Grow up, wake up and smell the coffee people!

I've heard people say they don't believe in "all this virus stuff". A viral epidemic is not a matter of "belief" it is a matter of fact and evidence. How many body bags do they need to see before the truth hits home?

An annoyed, frightened, worried blood cancer sufferer.
Tr1sh
10th May 2020
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No.

I agree with the comment from Dave Ward, general secretary of the Communication Workers Union,

“Stay alert? It’s a deadly virus not a zebra crossing.”
JulieT46
10th May 2020
5
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Have we NOT been alert all this time?
Catton
10th May 2020
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We should be STAYING ALERT anyway as well as staying home.. I think people are getting fed up being in lockdown and much as they understand the reason for it I have noticed more people out now and also driving. I can go out but do so infrequently and for as short a time possible as I feel very uncomfortable as I have noticed a lot of people are adhering to distancing lesss and less. Shopping is a nightmare. Different shops seem to have different rules.
Stay Alert is a clear enough message in itself but what does it really mean ? Do we report on people disregarding the rules now ?
JE
10th May 2020
3
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I agree with all you have said. Yes more people are out and about, often in groups, more traffic on the roads and less applying social distancing. Some people appear to be just going about their lives as normal.
Frenchy68
10th May 2020
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This is definately occuring in my area as well, so you are not alone. I find it very unnerving.
JE
10th May 2020
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Yes it’s more widespread than some people think. I have decided to just go about my business as best as I can to protect myself and try to ignore what others are doing unless it impacts on me. I am not afraid to ask people to step back when they come close when I out and about in the supermarket etc. Some people still seem to be oblivious to what’s going on around them, just focusing on themselves and what they want to do. It’s not just the younger people either.
Billythequiche
10th May 2020
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Of course not, the PM has not told us the details yet. As usual, London leads the way in flouting the advice. People with second or holiday homes still find ways of travelling to, and endangering the people of, the West and South West. Not far from us, some communities deemed at extra risk are well drilled at avoiding police observation. It seems that, in some areas, ignoring lockdown regulations is done the same as ignoring the law.
Despite insults and inconvenience, we are making an informed choice on isolation and social distancing, and will welcome the tracking App. We are certainly not brainwashed Government lackeys. We see it as no different to having a yearly flu jab or annual blood tests. We would like to enjoy a few more years yet so think that simple precautions are sensible.
For those doing this, stay safe. For those who choose not to, good luck, we hope you avoid infection or passing it on.
Rottie
10th May 2020
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Staying alert yes, seeing what others are doing coughing sneezing without covering their mouth and nose. Watching what people are touching in supermarkets and shops, after maybe coughing or sneezing or wiping their face with their hand. Surely people are alert to some extent while out or we would all be run over or walk into other people, walk on things thrown on the pavements and slip. We are more alert now than we used to be or the young of today would be covered in bruises as they walk about looking at their mobile phones rather than being alert, those of us that are alert have to give way to them to save knocking over.
Or do most people walk about with their eyes closed????
andbrown01
10th May 2020
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staying alert wont stop you getting cv 19
but staying in will
Bald123
10th May 2020
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That is the most sensible comment on here
JaniceF21
10th May 2020
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This government puts profit before lives. This message will increase use of public transport making the spread of the virus more likely, particularly for the elderly.
parsnip54
10th May 2020
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I feel it’s time we are treated as adults and not talked to like children. You will always get the self centred arrogant idiots who think they know better and will continue to do as they wish. The message is clear. This virus is lethal and indiscriminate. We have to behave in a manner that is going to protect ourselves and loved ones and if that means the extension of this unpleasant but absolutely necessary lockdown then so be it.
So Boris and Co. Give us clear and firm instructions. Provide us will accurate information. Don’t just throw any political waffle at us. This is our lives and our nation’s future..
Please stay safe and well all.
Wipeout
10th May 2020
5
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I believe that a lot of younger generation are not using enough common sense to be treated as adults... but where you have said that Boris and Co. need to send us clear and firm instructions I think that you need to send your message to them parsnip54 as this says it as it should be,

( "The message is clear. This virus is lethal and indiscriminate. We have to behave in a manner that is going to protect ourselves and loved ones and if that means the extension of this unpleasant but absolutely necessary lockdown then so be it." )

WELL DONE SIR!
crazylouise20
10th May 2020
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Problem is the irresponsible, selfish people so he has to be hard on all of us because of them.
Silvermite
10th May 2020
9
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I can only agree with all the comments made up to now. Stay alert can mean anything you decide on. This will be nothing but a free for all. Where has common sense gone. Originally they were listening to the science from a man who went on to flout his own rules and so many of the scientists disagree with each other. It appears that in trying to balance the economy and lives the economy has won out. Lobbying in London? This is too soon.
Wipeout
10th May 2020
4
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Common sense has turned into selfishness.
Yodama
10th May 2020
12
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The majority or people have been and are very alert to the dangers of either passing it on or steering clear of others.
"Avoid it like the plague" is a good guideline.

"Stay Alert" is yet another meaningless buzzword, certain members of society will ignore it anyway you put it.
Wonder what marketing genius came up with that one?
Charla
10th May 2020
2
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I would imagine those who have self-interest at heart.
TrishB85
10th May 2020
4
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Seems to me there are times when everyone is an expert. Not. ... when the pm gives his plans an airing tonight that will be the time to judge.
Kes
10th May 2020
12
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It’s about time they stopped thanking those of us that are taking this crisis seriously and following the restrictions, and started getting seriously heavy with the ones that continue to do as they please, regardless of the consequences. The Gov ministers should talk about them at the Gov updates, and the press and media should start highlighting them instead of asking the same ridiculous questions day in day out.
Wipeout
10th May 2020
2
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With you on this one Kes.
bob scott
10th May 2020
5
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Especially if you're of a certain generation, does it mean we have to get our Binoculars out and go underground to spy on one and all, what mandarin came up with this half baked slogan. Bob Scott.
Lynden13
10th May 2020
7
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We are certainly on the road for a repeat lockdown and probably a much tougher one. People are not sticking by this one so when the message changes we are in for a free for all.
DeniseT53
10th May 2020
8
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Absolutely right! People are getting fed up with staying in, because so many are flouting the social distancing rules, and going out needlessly. The government needed a firmer hand way back, and definitely needs one now, to ensure lockdown isnt eased too soon!
DaveY7
10th May 2020
8
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Stand by for a major spike, people will see that as a 'do what you want'.
Moleman
10th May 2020
3
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Too vague and not committed.
RoseyT
10th May 2020
4
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It’s still not safe to go out
Wilf
10th May 2020
7
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I think we should have kept the STAY HOME slogan-it is simple and even an idiot can understand it (well I did! so it must be easy to understand). We have not been out for 6 weeks. New Zealand have been really tough and they are another island nation.total lockdown no flights in or out and what happens? Yes they have no more cases. It's pretty simple really-Common Boris you need to be tough with this virus it's a deadly enemy. What would Winston have done? He would have said all "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” The Brits understood that and we were victorious-be tough its the only way through this.
Scots
10th May 2020
4
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There are enough people flouting the stay at home message. Reduce this to stay alert and they will do just what they want. There will be more people who think it is ok to go out for no good reason.
I can only see a peak in infections that could be worse than the first.
Retiredyorkie
10th May 2020
6
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First one was very clear to all - but did all abide by it no.

There are still the those who thought and still think the are immune to the virus and treating the lock down as one big holiday having gatherings and BBQ.
swaneldo
10th May 2020
10
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Let's face it, whatever measure are put in place, people will still think they are unique and immune and will selfishly keep endangering others. I will continue to judge for myself how I proceed and will continue to do everything to protect my 93 year old mum as I'm her carer. If you have a working brain cell and are not utterly selfish, you should not need to be told how to act in order to keep yourself and others safe - you are given the facts and advice, so be intelligent enough to know what is right.
JulieE98
10th May 2020
2
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Tass
10th May 2020
3
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The majority of the population are alert already, informed of the risks and understanding what they need to do. The Stay at home message was clear and so anyone out of their home had to have a valid reason. Will the small minority now think that they can do what they like as they are "alert"? Too vague, open to interpretation and unenforceable.
Marley444
10th May 2020
10
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In my opinion, the virus is still here, nothing has changed apart from staying at home has meant that infection rates have reduced. Until there is a vaccine we will all be at risk to this invisible enemy. Difficult to 'stay alert' when we can't see the enemy. I think that any sensible person who values their life more than their freedom will still act with caution and not be in a hurry to go out and about any time soon. I think this message is open to misinterpretation to those who struggled to 'Stay at Home' and these are the people who possibly lack the sense to 'Stay Alert'!
MikeR3
10th May 2020
11
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Whatever the slogan the idiots will still ignore it and gather on beaches and in parks for BBQs and a few beers. The ordinary intelligent people will take care but the idiots risk this virus spiking again.
I agree the country needs to get back to work as 60% of the population are now paid for by the government and this labour utopia cannot last.. However, I feel another 3 weeks of the same conditions may have seen us enter June in a much better state than the risk Boris is now seemingly going to take.
Fingers crossed it will work but I wont be venturing out to any garden centre anytime soon !r
MrsPat
10th May 2020
5
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The virus is still here? Nothing at all has changed and yet the message has. I understand the government needs to get people back to work but I think they should have just kept the stay at home message and then let certain sections of the population out like for example anyone aged 20-30 who may not be so vulnerable to the virus.

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