What readers think about a potential local lockdown

As both city and county councils have urged residents to begin following stricter guidelines, readers have given their views on whether our area needs a local lockdown.

From Wednesday, October 7 people across Nottinghamshire are being asked not to mix indoors with other households.

It comes after city residents were urged to take action with Government restrictions expected by the end of the week.

A total of 399 new cases have been reported in the county in the last 24 hours by Public Health England, after an increase of 400 yesterday, Tuesday, October 6.

Nottingham alone has had 235 new cases reported today.

In addition, 164 new cases have been recorded in other parts of the county since yesterday.

We asked Nottinghamshire Live readers on Facebook whether they thought going into a local lockdown was the right decision.

The responses were fairly divided.

Rae Gladwin wrote: “I’m not sure what difference a local lockdown will make with schools, pubs, universities etc still open.

“People will inevitably be in contact with their family, friends, and colleagues I think ‘Hands Face and Space’ should be enough.

“I would love to know how many of these cases are children and students – I feel that people need to be able to get on with their lives and have some form of normality.

“The virus isn’t going anywhere for a while to come for most people its a mild illness I’m not sure panicking and lockdown will make a huge difference.”

Claire Louise Foster commented: “Yes! Being a vulnerable family with lung conditions and immunity issues.

“It’s not easy, it’s blooming hard, with mental health issues too, it’s a fine balance of a knife-edge. It’s not a decision taken lightly, but the vulnerable are being sacrificed.”

She added: “It’s not hiding in fear, this is a real threat to all three of us, I would rather shield again and protect than live with the regret of not doing enough to keep us alive.”

Agneiszka Hammond believes most people will have already contracted coronavirus, possibly with mild symptoms to none at all.

She added: “Hopefully it’ll become like seasonal flu, something to be aware of, there’s no escaping it and the lockdown will just cripple the businesses more and more, just my opinion.”

But Martin Mankiwskyj wrote: “Yes indeed and people need to stick to it. All I hear is people saying it’s unfair and think they can break the rules. It’s spreading again rapidly.”

Carl Millar commented: “No, we need to ride it out, how is it even a lockdown when kids still go to school and folks go to work?

“All it is is stopping folk enjoying themselves, I’m not a conspiracy nut by any means but I’m really starting to think this just isn’t right, there is so much going on that we aren’t being told about and someone is making a lot of money from this, just my opinion.”

Emma Payne and Dan Paxton agreed that people ‘could not hide’ from the virus adding we instead need to ‘learn to live with it’.


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