Extend lockdown

Please extend lockdown until we are certain that the virus is definitely declining

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To save lives

by Patriciadickson on May 06, 2020 at 09:41AM

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  • Posted by stewartma May 06, 2020 at 09:50

    I feel it is unsafe to lift lockdown at present, albeit in our town we still have people travelling down from Glasgow at weekend to their holiday home in Girvan these are intelligent people who just think it doesn’t apply to them. Scary situation but powerless to stop it.
  • Posted by TonyFinn May 06, 2020 at 09:54

    Disagree as a continued lockdown will cause more damage ill health and avoidable death. Be like Sweden and trust people to do the right thing not lock them up longer
  • Posted by Alasdrum May 06, 2020 at 10:00

    In theory great. In fact, we are nowhere near getting a vaccine and may never get one. Life is full of risk. If we never take risks we have a truly miserable existence. We must take some risks by easing the lockdown in a sensible manner.
  • Posted by lindseystout May 06, 2020 at 10:09

    Extend Lockdown in Scotland until July. Do not allow holiday bookings during Summer.
  • Posted by IndyScot1000 May 06, 2020 at 10:28

    We have to, otherwise people will see deaths outside closed communities like care homes, it will be psychologically bad to lift the lockdown then have to reinstate it. People won’t do it in numbers which could risk another spike. Let’s see how Germany get on with their loosening of it.If we’re doing it already, let’s just dig in and see how it goes. However changes should be made to increase support for families.
  • Posted by Clairef May 06, 2020 at 10:47

    Disagree and think we should be more like Sweden. The long term health consequences will be far greater and more damaging than coronavirus
  • Posted by Spaceman May 06, 2020 at 10:48

    The people that want to extend the lockdown are middle class which is not impacting on their lives as they have bigger homes and more rooms and gardens what about the people with no gardens and live in flats
  • Posted by Chicken May 06, 2020 at 10:50

    I think lockdown could have been more strict, or more enforced. However, it and social distancing have worked; are continuing to work and i feel we should be adapting to lockdown for longer - as we may need to revert to it again.
  • Posted by dantelopez May 06, 2020 at 11:03

    Allow bubble groups or small social gatherings limited to 2 or 3 people as soon as possible. Minimal social interaction such as this will motivate people and help to maintain morale, good mental health etc. Another issue is partners living separately. For many who would (before lockdown) see partners daily or regularly, being apart like this will be causing huge issues - even some of the 'strongest' relationships may be weakening if there isn't a way forward or a way to allow people to at least have the choice to see their partner soon. It has been over six weeks and if this continues there will be lasting mental health issues as a result of this. Relationships that are irreparably damaged may result in a high number of relationships ending, divorces etc and that added mental stress at this time is unnecessary and dangerous. Relationship breakdown is a leading cause of suicide in Scotland (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/suicide) and unless action is taken, there is a risk of a 'Mental Health Pandemic' looming on the horizon. Even for those not in relationships, the ability to visit a friend and talk in person would boost morale and mental wellbeing considerably.
  • Posted by emren89 May 06, 2020 at 11:15

    Extend the lockdown - but Westminster are not extending the job retention scheme after June? Maybe if the government listened to the science weeks before we eventually lockdown we might not now have the highest death rate in Europe and might not have to extend it further.
  • Posted by camerj May 06, 2020 at 11:21

    As much as I miss my family who are hundreds of miles away, the lockdown needs to continue. Some people already think the guidelines don't apply to them and are moving about more than they are advised. I think that they should stay in place, albeit amended where necessary, until the English schools go back in September, otherwise we will have half of England up here as they will not be so keen to travel to their houses in France , Italy etc or the Costa del Sol.
  • Posted by frasermackay May 06, 2020 at 11:24

    Lockdown is a draconian measure that unfairly restricts people to their residences for extended periods of time. There is a more proactive approach to managing the risk of infection by increasing the amount of testing and contact tracing. Quarantine those that are ill / have symptoms, let the healthy population return to work and their lives.
  • Posted by Ginakeenan May 06, 2020 at 11:29

    Too early to lift lockdown. As an islander we worry that we are going to be swamped with people. We are free of virus at the moment and would like to keep it that way!!
  • Posted by Margt May 06, 2020 at 11:46

    totally disagree! I think we have had enough lockdown.
  • Posted by Robert866 May 06, 2020 at 12:17

    Lockdown conditions should be reduced as soon as possible. The UK and Scottish governments have now got such a large percentage of the population in a state of fear that many would stay in lockdown for ever - especially those still being paid or furloughed.
  • Posted by GeoffDuke May 06, 2020 at 12:25

    I would like to see this lockdown extended for a further 3 months at least, but with movement restrictions relaxed so some industries can be allowed to open within social distancing. People who have hobbies to pursue should be allowed to do this, especially within family groups and where small groups can meet and adhere to social distancing.
  • Posted by lmg1612 May 06, 2020 at 13:28

    Disagree. Covid is going nowhere until a vaccine is found, and that's a long way off. We have to learn to live with it and accept its hear. Life cannot and will not just stop. Despite the truly appalling figures of how many have died, many many more have survived. We need a balance between keeping safe and still being able to live. For many stay at home is just not that simple.
  • Posted by can1793 May 06, 2020 at 13:44

    I am totally aware it is not as easy as flicking a switch to come out of lock down. However we do need to start the process. We can not go on being prisoners in our own homes. Who knows if there will ever be a vaccine. We may well just have to learn to live with this virus for a very long time to come. The process to relax lock down and start the process of re starting the economy needs to start as soon as possible in a sensible and controlled way.
  • Posted by LauraAR May 06, 2020 at 14:33

    Agree. Lockdown should be continued until the virus is all but nonexistent in the community. It will never be gone but as low as it possibly can be otherwise as soon as measures start to ease the infection rate could rapidly incline and we could end up with a second wave worse than the first and going back into lockdown. I think even making lockdown measures stricter for a few weeks could make a substantial difference and take the infection numbers right down and then it could be eased sooner.
  • Posted by Lornab May 06, 2020 at 15:22

    The purpose of the lockdown was to prevent the NHS from becoming overwhelmed - this has been done and the number of cases and subsequent deaths are dropping. Care homes is a different case and should be managed in a way specific to care homes. I think we are in danger of creating a culture of fear where some people cant see beyond the deaths directly from the virus to the prolonged harm to the future of this nation and the health and wellbeing of our people
  • Posted by ProtestTheHero May 06, 2020 at 16:07

    There were four coronaviruses in existence before this one - the common cold, for instance - and no cure has ever been found. As individuals, as families and as a society, we cannot live like this much longer, let alone indefinitely as the poster suggests. We can't go back to pre-March conditions, admittedly, but the last six weeks have already done incalculable damage in terms of delaying essential medical treatment and diagnoses, regression in children, economic collapse and many other problems whose full scale will take years if not decades to uncover. Every day lockdown continues makes all these issues far worse.
  • Posted by Me May 06, 2020 at 20:03

    I agree extend the lockdown until numbers are down and be stricter with the businesses that have reopened for non essentials The economy will recover but a loved one dying won’t
  • Posted by Cathol May 11, 2020 at 17:40

    Adding to the guesswork. We cant prove lockdown has worked. The virus has most likely been in circulation since december/early January. Just took time for it to reach those most at risk (hospitals/care homes/vulnerable people).
  • Posted by Alec_Erskine May 11, 2020 at 17:56

    We need to have a life worth living. We can live with some risk. If you can't put up with risks like this, you may as well put unilaterally yourself in permanent lockdown.
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