Stokies have thrown their support behind Boris Johnson’s ‘inevitable’ coronavirus lockdown 3 less than a day after it was called.
In a live Downing Street address watched by over 14 million people, Mr Johnson plunged the country into a strict six-week lockdown.
There had previously been calls by Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer to impose the lockdown before primary schools returned yesterday.
But starting this morning all of England moved into the new Tier 5 national lockdown with families ordered to stay at home unless going for daily exercise, food shopping, work, or other exemptions.
And StokeonTrentLive readers have now given Mr Johnson’s lockdown their support as he tries to bring down infection rates.
Josephine Harding said: “It is what it is, we have no choice in the matter, it was inevitable because of the way people have flaunted the rules and miss interpreted the rules to keep us all safe, they have seen them as trying to control us for other reasons which is ridiculous.”
Dan Cooke added: “I fully support it! Yes it will be hard on lots of people and cause anxiety but there is not alternative. The science speaks fact not politics.
“If the top scientists of our country recommend this then we are right to follow. We all need to ask ourselves if we’ve done everything we can to help stop the spread and I am sure most of us could have done a little bit more.”
Gillianne Nicholls added: “The virus does not move about. People move it around.”
Jean Jory added: “The first lockdown last march was working,we saw numbers falling.I think we came out of it two month too early.”
However, some don’t think the rules are tight enough or that Mr Johnson called the English lockdown early enough.
John Garside said: “It is no soon enough, it should have started last month.”
Jo White added: “Waste of time again….its NOT a national lockdown when folk are still going out and working!
“They should have fully lockdown in March last year then we may have had a chance of getting some normality back at least!”
Anthony Pickering said: “It’s not a proper lock down. It didn’t work last time wont work this time.”
People may only leave home for specific reasons, which include:
- Go to work if it’s impossible to work from home, e.g. construction or critical worker who can’t work from home
- To shop for necessities including food and medicine
- To exercise, which can be with up to one other person from outside your household or bubble. The exercise should ideally be limited to once per day. Guidance is that people should try to do this locally
- To provide care or help to a vulnerable person
- To attend medical appointments or seek medical care or fleeing the threat of harm or violence