One month of Lockdown 3 - Gazette readers have their say on Covid rules

More than a month has passed since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the third national lockdown in England in a televised address to the nation.

Lockdown 3, set out by Mr Johnson on Monday, January 4, once again called on the nation to stay at home as much as possible to protect the NHS and save lives, going out only for a number of limited reasons.

These include essential shopping, for daily exercise and to attend medical appointments.

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The rules were voted on in the House of Commons on Wednesday, January 6 before passing into legislation.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture: Jack Hill/Pool/AFP via Getty Images.Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture: Jack Hill/Pool/AFP via Getty Images.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture: Jack Hill/Pool/AFP via Getty Images.
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We asked Gazette readers to share their views on the latest national restrictions, one month on.

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

Fae Parkin: “What lockdown. It’s no different to normal. Don’t know anyone who is off work or on furlough the way we were last time.”

Kerry Walker: “Needs to be tougher like Lockdown 1 otherwise don't bother because these so-called lockdowns are a complete waste of time.”

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Viv Easter: “Much tougher – stop the movement and the virus will die out. By allowing movement we are allowing the chance of more new variants.”

Helen Bell: “It doesn’t feel like we’re in lockdown but I think people are being more careful.”

Lisa Marie Bell: “Numbers are right down. So I think it's working. On the right path.”

Ann Cooper: “I honestly don’t think there’s many people who actually stick to the rules now hence why things are never changing in the R rate.”

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