Necessary restrictions only

The problem with the current restrictions is that many of the restrictions on freedom have no benefit for suppressing the virus. There is no benefit in people avoiding journeys in their car with people in their household so long as they are going to isolated places. There is no benefit in preventing people going for walks in the countryside or going fishing and golfing so long as they keep a distance from other people. The government needs to start treating the population as adults and let them exercise more of their rights rather than moving to control everything.

Why the contribution is important

The lockdown has now lasted too long and many studies suggest that it has little benefit in suppressing this virus. It is important for the health of the nation and for our economy that we now engage in a more mature analysis of the measures that are actually critical in suppressing this virus rather than continuing to let government impose the easiest option which is simply to keep us all at home.

by Davidinverness on May 08, 2020 at 08:33PM

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  • Posted by Eva82 May 08, 2020 at 20:45

    You may be right about that but it would send a mixed message to people. Many would start thinking if we can play golf than why not football and so on and so on... dangerous idea
  • Posted by bigtam121 May 08, 2020 at 21:10

    Totally agree with David's sentiments. I totally understand the need for a staggered relaxation of lockdown but i dont see why its ok to walk outside for an hour as long as social distancing is adhered to and not ok to drive to the countryside and do the same thing. People have got trusted to do this and as usual its because a few idiots will ruin it, the whole population are cheated like children.
  • Posted by Lightbulb May 08, 2020 at 21:47

    Restrictions should be risk based. V little risk from driving to a remote location to walk
  • Posted by Dave_H May 08, 2020 at 22:04

    Well said. This is supposed to be a grown up discussion. Please show the people that it is, and the government has listened, by very soon allowing more freedom to go out and use our excess spare time at the moment in a sensible way where we don't mix with others and therefore don't increase any risks. If there are no changes at all made for 3 weeks or more then it shows this conversation has been a farce and nothing but a PR stunt.
  • Posted by Kylesku May 08, 2020 at 22:06

    I agree with the above , restriction should be based on risk not stopping everyone doing everythgin everywhere. It is scandalous that we have put more effort into schools with young who have very very low risk than we did into care home where they are at the highest risk. If we had focused the efforts many more people would be alive today. Very sad.
  • Posted by MSI May 08, 2020 at 22:11

    The initial restrictions on where to exercise, and what types of exercise, were reasonable - the continuing restrictions of where to exercise and the types of activities that people can participate in is now rapidly becoming unreasonable; to keep people on board with the lockdown they need access to more space - quality space - and some sense of control, some tangible feeling of both freedoms and progress
  • Posted by FionaReid May 08, 2020 at 23:54

    Walking in the hills and countryside is hugely beneficial to mental and physical health and if undertaken with you own family/household group is safer than going to the supermarket as your chances of encountering others are negligible and even if you do encounter someone it's easy to avoid them in open spaces unlike city paths and pavements!
  • Posted by Movingforward May 09, 2020 at 19:20

    Completely agree that people should be able to drive and walk. We live in a sparsely populated country with loads of space. Let people use it and also use parks.. even if some people need reminding in public spaces to keep apart.
  • Posted by mallan May 09, 2020 at 20:04

    Fully agree - other countries do it like this and we should be adopting best practice from around the world
  • Posted by activeandvibrant May 10, 2020 at 10:51

    Completely agree. We live by the sea - a beautiful walking area as evidenced by the crowds using it at the moment. I have no problem with this but we prefer our walks to be rather quieter. Could easily drive to areas with many many fewer people walking in them.
  • Posted by kpm321 May 10, 2020 at 17:32

    I agree. We need some common sense here!
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