Coronavirus: How South Shields reacted to UK's new lockdown measures against COVID-19 outbreak

Gazette readers have had their say on the UK Government’s new measures to fight back against the spread of the coronavirus – and almost two-thirds think the “lockdown” imposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week does not go far enough.
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The Prime Minister also ordered all “non-essential” shops and businesses to close and barred public gatherings of more than two people.

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In our daily Facebook poll, we asked if you think the new measures, introduced on Monday, March 23 following Mr Johnson’s address to the nation, go far enough.

You've had your say in our daily poll.You've had your say in our daily poll.
You've had your say in our daily poll.

More than 1,400 people took part in the vote, with 64% answering “no”.

This is what you said on the Shields Gazette Facebook page:

Tracy Pino: “Boris needs to shut the country down properly not just ban the social/fun bits. People who can't work from home are still expected to go to work.”

Stewart Boyle:Government say stay at home but bosses are saying don't be late.”

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Ian Kerton: “It would of been enough if people followed Government advice, sadly they are still not.”

Graham Scaife: “Time will tell. So far the Government of the UK have acted far too slowly. This lock down should have come two weeks ago.”

Janet Burn: “Can't blame Prime Minister for people going to seaside and parks buying ice cream etc.”