What Gazette readers think of Lockdown 3 restrictions as tougher measures not ruled out

As Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he cannot rule out tougher measures being introduced during Lockdown 3, we asked Gazette readers what they thought of the current restrictions in force across England.

Friday, 15th January 2021, 6:00 am

The third national lockdown was announced by Mr Johnson on Monday, January 4 with families once again instructed to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives, leaving the house only for essential reasons.

These include travelling to work when you cannot work from home, to shop for food and essential items and for exercise once a day.

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Scotland has toughened its restrictions to include reducing click and collect services to only those deemed essential from Saturday, January 16.

The Prime Minister said he would not rule out imposing stricter rules in England, if required.

This is what you said on the Shields Gazette Facebook page about whether or not the rules should be made tougher:

Dennis Cartwright: “The present rules should be enforced more stringently to see if they work before making them more strict.”

Mark Newsome: “Stricter measures shouldn't have much effect on those already doing 'the right thing'. Wouldn’t really bother me. But I guess those who flaunt and try to bend the rules will suffer. Tough.”

Karen Edwards: “You will always get the small minority that flout the rules and unfortunately that will never change whatever the circumstances are but getting tougher on restrictions is not going to change that.”

Chris Atkinson: “No, the rules are tough enough for those who abide by them. Those that break the rules will still do so. Does everyone need the government to lead you by the hand.”

Lisa Ball: “Numbers are coming down in South Tyneside so I would say it’s working, leave things alone.”

Joan Eggleston: “I believe whatever is needed to end this nightmare, we must do.”

Alan Dixon: “Look at the countries that got it right from the start. Just look at their death rates and infection rates. Great Britain has got it all wrong, just look at New Zealand’s record. We could learn so much from these countries [...] stronger measures should be put in place.”

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