We are once again facing a national lockdown – but do people think it’s the right move?
CoventryLive readers have some strong opinions and not all of them agree.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement last night, Saturday, October 31.
From this Thursday, we will have to stay indoors and pubs and businesses will have to close – although schools and universities will remain open and people should go to work unless they can work from home.
We asked our readers what they thought – has the lockdown come at the right time? Should Mr Johnson have imposed lockdown sooner or even not at all?
Here’s what they had to say.
“This time, follow the rules”
Many readers agreed with the decision – with some saying it’s time people started towing the line when it comes to the restrictions.
Carol Gallard wrote: “Unfortunately he has made the right decision. This time follow the bloody rules. Then maybe we can get back to some sort of normality.”
And Catherine Thompson said: “He locked down when necessary. He has given people till Thursday so businesses i.e restaurants can use food they have before closing down again. He tried Tier 3 because he didn’t want to lock us down.
“None of us want to be locked down but we have Christmas to think of.”
Others agreed with the decision in principle but felt the timing was off.
Muhammed Ayaz said: “It was inevitable, we should have had a circuit breaker six weeks ago. But now that opportunity passed and with cases rising fast there was no other option.”
But some readers felt the action was too little, too late.
Andy Devenport said: “Boris has decided to close the stable door after the horse has bolted.”
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Joanne Bambi Maher thought that lockdown should have been earlier, but felt sympathy for the Prime Minister because of the difficulty of the decision.
She said: “It’s easy for us all to say what should or could have been done. We are not the ones with the enormous pressure and hindsight is a wonderful thing. However in my opinion lockdown should have been earlier.”
“It’s a joke”
Others felt a lockdown was pointless if schools remain open.
Libbi Mead wrote: “Utter pharce. We can’t see anyone but schools and unis can all stay open.
“So for example I can’t see my sister (she’s yet to meet my 4 month old) but she can teach 250 kids a day , whilst the children are moving around the school to different classes.
“The kids are the carriers but they are allowed to stay at school – it’s an utter joke.”