Quality of life

What one change to the current restrictions would have the most positive impact on your life?

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The Scottish Government has committed to engaging with the public and is interested to hear your thoughts on this topic.

by ScottishGovernment on May 04, 2020 at 08:25PM

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  • Posted by Nscott94 May 05, 2020 at 12:53

    I live separately to my fiancee - it would greatly improve my quality of life to see him. Perhaps allowing small social bubbles, similar to NZ approach?
  • Posted by TheDancingDino May 05, 2020 at 12:54

    Being able to see family safely, outside (e.g. in a garden) at a safe distance.
  • Posted by Pict May 05, 2020 at 12:56

    Opening Golf Courses (within a limited distance) to restricted use so that exercise is more fun and it is possible to speak to someone else whilst still maintaining social distancing
  • Posted by FMB May 05, 2020 at 12:59

    Being allowed outdoor activities like boating which are isolated in nature causing no risk but huge impact on quality of life and mental health
  • Posted by LynnS May 05, 2020 at 12:59

    Seeing my close family would be my number 1 positive impact
  • Posted by poppy197312 May 05, 2020 at 12:59

    The opportunity to be able to go for a drive within my area to look at sea and be able to walk dog outwith local area I have no wish to go near other people and would leave any area which became busy
  • Posted by Robbie2005 May 05, 2020 at 13:00

    Schools reopening
  • Posted by gdr1852 May 05, 2020 at 13:02

    To be permitted to travel freely by car or motorbike, at least within local area. Not for purpose of socialising or risking contact with other members of public, but just for change of scene. If advice was to only buy fuel locally could at least get out as far as 1/2 tank would take you.
  • Posted by Atlantic_storm May 05, 2020 at 13:02

    Being able to drive a short distance for exercise. We have a 3 month old puppy who cannot walk very far (advice for his age is 15mins twice a day) which limits us to within the village. We have countless places we could take him that are pretty remote but darn't take him out in the car for fear of the police fining us for "unnecessary journeys"!
  • Posted by Mosmith May 05, 2020 at 13:02

    Being able to visit close family and friends. This is particularly important if living alone.
  • Posted by Fiona May 05, 2020 at 13:02

    To be able to visit parents
  • Posted by CityScot May 05, 2020 at 13:03

    Being able to meet with family members, perfect outdoors initially, observing distance .
  • Posted by Debbie1603 May 05, 2020 at 13:08

    Being able to meet with family and small groups of friends who live separately. In the garden would be fine.
  • Posted by Garywall8787 May 05, 2020 at 13:10

    Meeting family and friends is the most important thing for everyone’s mental health
  • Posted by ElaineKeay May 05, 2020 at 13:10

    Will improve quality of life if family households could meet up , examples grandparents , children , parents etc
  • Posted by Plymo May 05, 2020 at 13:10

    Removing the restriction on "leaving the place you are living" while still keeping the power to disperse large groups and so on, and enforce the actual distancing, rather than the reason for being out. That way people can have normality, though without cramming together in shops or puns!
  • Posted by gamebird33 May 05, 2020 at 13:10

    Opening up the Forestry Commission car parks, at least in areas where they don't attract more than locals. By closing them dog walkers have been walking through lambing fields and fields of horses, touching gates that will be handled by others and by busy farmers who can't afford to get sick. The trails in these woods are open but not the car parks. I would love to take my dogs back into the local woods which are low risk and almost always empty. In my opinion this poses less risk than making people walk through farmland they can access from their houses.
  • Posted by Fifewifey May 05, 2020 at 13:11

    Definitely being able to visit my granddaughter and her Mum and Dad. Have missed them terribly, despite using Facetime each day.
  • Posted by LBE May 05, 2020 at 13:11

    Being able to see close family who are not part of immediate household.
  • Posted by JulieBryson May 05, 2020 at 13:11

    Being able to send our autistic daughter to school, even on a part-time basis.
  • Posted by Thalie May 05, 2020 at 13:11

    I live alone and the hardest part of all this has been not being able to see my partner or my close friends for weeks. Careful and limited social interaction would improve this hard time greatly. Hoping to be able to hug my partner soon is the number 1 thing that keeps me going.
  • Posted by ANNI May 05, 2020 at 13:14

    Being able to meet with family and friends - perhaps having to agree your 'allowed' list up front
  • Posted by gamebird33 May 05, 2020 at 13:15

    Fishing and shooting contribute heavily to the Scottish rural economy. Right now estates don't know if they should prepare for a shooting season starting in October. or take the financial hit and leave it a year. They would benefit from early notification on this, a pursuit that takes place out of doors. The same with fishing. Local rivers, local people, out of doors. All would benefit a hard pressed rural economy.
  • Posted by Fionamee May 05, 2020 at 13:17

    While I agree the current restrictions are necessary being allowed to visit family and friends in gardens or outdoors would be a huge benefit , especially to those with anxiety or other issues. The majority of people have responded in a sensible and responsible manner so far and would do so again in the future with any alterations to restrictions.
  • Posted by lockdownlisa May 05, 2020 at 13:18

    Being able to visit and check on my elderly parents. I am deeply concerned that there may be restrictions on travel within Scotland - my parents live 200 miles from me and their mental health is already under strain
  • Posted by Womble1005 May 05, 2020 at 13:19

    Re-opening schools.
  • Posted by Missbear84 May 05, 2020 at 13:21

    Definitely introducing small bubbles of family again would do wonders for mental health. I live alone with a 1 year old and am also working from home, to be able to see my cousin and his kids who live 5 minutes away would make such a difference to us, even if just outside!
  • Posted by matthewarnold May 05, 2020 at 13:21

    I agree that golf courses should be considered for re-opening with appropriate social distancing measures. It is likely that it is probably safer to walk round a golf course with 1 other person than walk through a busy city centre park. It would also be very helpful if partners that do not live with each other would be able to visit/meet up with each other.
  • Posted by NR7784 May 05, 2020 at 13:23

    Let kids socialise again, outdoors if needs be, in line with the 'bubble' thinking. Only 3 or 4 kids in bubble, as long as all other restrictions and guidelines being met.
  • Posted by Daniel May 05, 2020 at 13:25

    Controlled interactions with family/close friends, perhaps a limit to only socialising with the same 5/10 people. Would assist with mental health for those in their own, would assist parents if Young’s ones to have a small break especially if they are working from home and looking after children.
  • Posted by MZ57 May 05, 2020 at 13:26

    Being able to visit family but using sensible precautions and social distancing .
  • Posted by Hanx92 May 05, 2020 at 13:26

    Seeing immediate family. It shouldn’t be limited to a number, people’s families have different numbers in them.
  • Posted by Newleaf11 May 05, 2020 at 13:29

    Being able to meeting family and friends is the most important thing for peoples mental health and the well-being in general. I understand the reasoning for lock down but we can't keep being locked up for an indefinite period of time.
  • Posted by Mumandnan May 05, 2020 at 13:31

    To be able to see my children and grandchildren. People would be sensible if they knew they could visit loved ones again, we all need it now for our mental health. We can never get this time back and who knows with this virus, if we would be next. Our one regret would be that we hadn’t seen our families.
  • Posted by amckerr May 05, 2020 at 13:32

    Reopen golf courses - its one of the few sports that you can do and maintain social distancing. It will also allow all the grounds staff to get back to work as many clubs have furloughed them.
  • Posted by kjacobsson May 05, 2020 at 13:34

    Allowing romantic partners, who live by themselves, to see each other.
  • Posted by Julietbravo May 05, 2020 at 13:37

    Being allowed to visit elderly parents 50 miles away.. Very concerned for my mum 84 and no help or visitors Not all can use FaceTime
  • Posted by Fifewifey May 05, 2020 at 13:39

    Allow placement of children identified for adoption to proceed, assuming all parties are clear of Covid 19
  • Posted by averil May 05, 2020 at 13:39

    Being able to go travel to the Highlands and go walking at Climbing in the Highlands while maintaing social distancing (& not using local shops, accommodation etc) - when it is safe to so so when the R number is sufficiently low
  • Posted by raylow May 05, 2020 at 13:41

    Recently widowed and find it very difficult not being able to make social contact, distanced in garden would be fine. All I want is to be able to see some of my friends in person again. Maximum number could be three and I have a large space at rear of house.
  • Posted by GHeg May 05, 2020 at 13:52

    Schools re-opening and children being allowed to see friends (allowing for social distancing).
  • Posted by ELIZANDANDY May 05, 2020 at 13:56

    Being able to look after my granddaughter in my own home to allow her mother to work
  • Posted by jonxy May 05, 2020 at 13:57

    Need to allow social interactions for those who live alone and in their twilight years. e.g. 80+ year olds living alone should not be expected to spend a significant % of their remaining life in lockdown. Whilst younger people have the rest of their lives to look forward to the older generation do not and their health and mobility are deteriorating every week that goes by. Encourage social interactions amongst the elderly to keep their spirits up. If some restrictions on social interactions between different generations are maintained this should lower the risk of intergenerational infection.
  • Posted by Flopster May 05, 2020 at 14:01

    Being able to drive short distances (say up to 10 miles) to visit beach, countryside, to walk dogs, and work in woodland I own. Being restricted to my town has meant far closer encounters with other people than I would normally have while out of doors.
  • Posted by Leslies May 05, 2020 at 14:03

    I live alone My partner died nearly six years’ ago. I have spent that time building a new life around my grief with some degree of success. I have no family in the UK. I have good friends but would dearly love to see some of them in real life as social interaction has become vital to maintaining my mental well being. The longer all these restrictions are maintained for, the more isolated I shall feel.
  • Posted by alogan May 05, 2020 at 14:03

    Being able to see family!
  • Posted by KJG May 05, 2020 at 14:07

    Being able to see my partner, we haven't seen each other in seven weeks and both of us are struggling.
  • Posted by DFC1893 May 05, 2020 at 14:10

    Opening up outdoor sports such as golf and bowls with suitable social distancing and safety measures used implemented.
  • Posted by Alex2005 May 05, 2020 at 14:10

    I live alone and have had limited social contact since lockdown except for my visit to local supermarket(thank you Morrison staff) who are happy to have a chat as I go through checkout. So personally let me choose 10 people I can meet outdoors to chat with meet with and get me out of this hellish isolation before my depression gets worse. We are a social beings this goes against our natural instincts. I’d love to know the figures on suicides during this lockdown or self harming it must have increased
  • Posted by Danny187 May 05, 2020 at 14:16

    Biggest difference would be to allow interaction with family. Keeping it small to start with e.g. 2 households would limit risk whilst simultaneously alleviating other pressures such as anxiety mental health etc.
  • Posted by mtyn May 05, 2020 at 14:18

    Allowing travel for exercise, for example allowing day trips to mountainous areas for hiking. I would be happy to stay inside most of the time, if I was able to do this even just once a week.
  • Posted by tamarahk May 05, 2020 at 14:20

    Being able to see my family, as I live alone.
  • Posted by Sarahj May 05, 2020 at 14:24

    Having dentists reopen for those that need fillings, antibiotics and are in pain!
  • Posted by mirjanagn May 05, 2020 at 14:24

    University offices reopening. Being able to meet people. Travelling to my family without having to go into isolation when returning.
  • Posted by lmac May 05, 2020 at 14:27

    Being able to see a limited number of close family and friends would have the biggest impact on quality of life without a doubt. I am 39 weeks pregnant and haven't seen my parents or my sister for most of the end of my pregnancy. This is our first baby and my husband and I would love to have the support from our families. Of course we would also love to be able to introduce our new addition to our family and closest friends if it is safe to do so without using social media. If that means in the garden initially or a socially distanced walk in a park I would jump at the chance.
  • Posted by Sarahj May 05, 2020 at 14:28

    More online engagement tools for parents with children. Online library access for everyone with access to books and films. A way of identifying if someone is lonely or feeling down (online portal?!) and someone else with same interests could get in touch with them?! Phone call volunteers to call the elderly or those in isolation. Scottish wide book club?!
  • Posted by Molly96 May 05, 2020 at 14:29

    Being able to visit friends and family and treated like the responsible adults we are.
  • Posted by SRuss91 May 05, 2020 at 14:29

    Getting to visit my partner, and for my parents to see their kids and grandkid is the biggest thing that would seriously promote a better quality of life for our household.
  • Posted by JaneySue May 05, 2020 at 14:32

    Most important change required. Family is life, without family I don’t have a life.
  • Posted by fraser May 05, 2020 at 14:34

    Make social distancing the 1 restriction - do not interact with any community outside your bubble and use the NHS app. Yes I know that could be 3 - I have not added rating as it makes no sense to rate an open ended question.
  • Posted by LauraC May 05, 2020 at 14:34

    Re-opening the schools (part time if necessary). This would benefit the children educationally, socially and be good for their mental health. It would also enable parents to make the return to work.
  • Posted by andyb36 May 05, 2020 at 14:37

    Protect my industry, I work in hospitality and we are ALL likely to be redundant in 2 months time. Close the industry until 2021 and ask us all to pick fruit or do other jobs 'for free' under a furlough agreement.
  • Posted by POLOPARKJ May 05, 2020 at 14:38

    Our jobs, protect them, our economy, if we don't have them, we lose that quality of life. We need to think further than the next 5 minutes. I imagine a scenario where life is of such a low quality that the virus won anyway
  • Posted by Julhe May 05, 2020 at 14:43

    Being able to visit family but using sensible precautions and social distancing
  • Posted by sarah1234 May 05, 2020 at 14:52

    Families and friends should be able to see each other. The longer the lockdown goes on it is having more of a negative impact on people’s mental health. I appreciate this should be small groups and would need to be worked on but we need to see the people we love.
  • Posted by Aa May 05, 2020 at 14:53

    Being able to drive somewhere to exercise.
  • Posted by Ryeoman May 05, 2020 at 14:57

    Being allowed to go visit family (even if this is restricted to only one household), especially those who are living by themselves. It’s has been incredibly difficult living now in week 7 without any human interaction and contact, during a very stressful and worrying time. Being allowed to see family or friends would do the world of good, as long as those follow the guidance on this.
  • Posted by isolation2020 May 05, 2020 at 14:57

    I have adhered to all restrictions imposed and am aware of lots of people who havnt and one change that needs to be implemented is for couples who are living apart and close families to be able to see each other even just for one hour once a week in an outside area maintaining social distancing and any other restriction even the wearing of a face covering can only have a positive impact on peoples mental health and well-being which would encourage people to stick with the lockdown longer if need be.
  • Posted by aalexander May 05, 2020 at 15:00

    Being able to see immediate family. Some live alone and not in a shielding category. So would enhance their quality of life hugely to be able to have a visit even a couple of times a week from immediate family/friend. Even if this was in the garden (fine while weather remains ok) and maintaining social distancing.
  • Posted by Aa May 05, 2020 at 15:02

    Allow access to dental treatment!
  • Posted by alileslie May 05, 2020 at 15:04

    To be able to see close friends and family. Not restricting this to 'household bubbles', but enabling people to meet in small groups.
  • Posted by jh24 May 05, 2020 at 15:04

    Being able to see close family members.
  • Posted by Gordonbell May 05, 2020 at 15:06

    Many countries have allowed golf to continue/start again. At present some people walk on golf courses. It makes sense to allow golfers to use them with restrictions. Only two people per group to allow for social distancing.
  • Posted by Keila May 05, 2020 at 15:22

    Contact with partners, family and friends is something with which I agree wholeheartedly. What also features are those wanting pursuits such as opening up golf, fishing, driving to different parks or beaches, even a suggestion of sailing. We need to ensure that 'pursuits' are not limited to those who can access/afford them. What about families crowded into flats with no garden? People living in urban areas with limited grassy areas for children to play and places for young people to socialise. We need to ensure that the lessening of restrictions supports all and is not harmful or discriminating to any specific group. Domestic violence,child abuse and deteriorating mental health will be a real feature of this enforced lockdown. Extending this for much longer can have catastrophic effects. There are also those who do not want lockdown to end. That's is their choice, but it is not the voice that I am hearing most at this time. The FM speaks of treating us like adults. Adults are speaking and the FM needs to listen. We need a clear plan and timeline in place to end the lockdown, starting from now.
  • Posted by shield1960 May 05, 2020 at 15:22

    Allowing Dental Surgeries to re-open to begin catching up on urgent treatment. Until we do we are risking health issues to build up for all ages. Trust the dentists to practice their profession safely and if necessary back them with grants or loans to adapt premises.
  • Posted by wkd4 May 05, 2020 at 15:35

    Allowing a limited expansion of contacts (ie small bubble) it is very difficult for people who do not love with their partner and have been unable to meet them for such a time. This would immensely help the mental wellbeing of any people and I think encourage more people to not break the regulations.
  • Posted by Fifer72 May 05, 2020 at 15:35

    A return to normal. Otherwise, and in order, hillwalking, travel to see my wider family, a pint, a meal in a restaurant.
  • Posted by Suze1 May 05, 2020 at 15:39

    A sense of freedom and autonomy; be permitted to make informed decisions within principles rather than prescriptive 'rules' which will never be able to fairly accommodate individual circumstances. I feel the SG started well in this respect but caved to the constant push from the media on 'clarity', undermining the claim to treat citizens like adults. As so often the actions of a few have resulted in many being penalised. I would also like to see more balanced reporting from the media.
  • Posted by KL2905 May 05, 2020 at 15:41

    SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT TO TRUST US AS SCOTTISH PEOPLE AND LET US MAKE OUR OWN JUDGEMENTS ON SOCIAL DISTANCING you wouldn't want to endanger your gran so visiting them should be done through a window or shield. but i think that we shouldn't be made to social distance for all ages and people as everyone's circumstance is different. Healthy people should be allowed to socialise and be trusted to enforce and follow social distancing in places that are public or be respectful if you live with a vulnerable person etc. The goverment and Nicola Sturgeon are treating Scottish people like CHILDREN we will not stand for it anymore! They need to let us enjoy life and not live miserably controlled by the one that holds power it is 2020 not 1900!!
  • Posted by dd1lanark May 05, 2020 at 15:41

    The ability to travel the required distance by car and meet up with family. I think with the recent good weather we could have met up in the garden still maintaining social distance measures to avoid the potential unintentional transmission of the virus between loved ones which nobody would want to risk.
  • Posted by sciuro May 05, 2020 at 15:43

    for myself and immediate family: being able to meet small groups (family, friends) outside, provided a distance of 2m was maintained and (on behalf of aged relation without internet access) allowing important medical appointments to take place again in covid-19-free medical premises
  • Posted by ClaireRQ May 05, 2020 at 15:49

    The schools reopening. My children are aged 7 and 10 and I am starting to worry about how lonely they are getting. It's more the socialisation aspect that I am most concerned about. The novelty of online school work has worn off now and it'd very difficult to motivate them when both parents are trying to work from home.
  • Posted by ColinR May 05, 2020 at 16:02

    Being able to visit " second home" safely ( in isolation in car travelling and isolation while there ) to refresh and peace of mind / check it over occassionally. If that's not acceptable, then the ability to access outdoor remote locations for walkng, fishing etc.
  • Posted by DMacDonald May 05, 2020 at 16:11

    Being able to see a small number of close friends and family. My 3 year old is now really struggling and desperately needs interaction with other children of a similar age as well as seeing his grandparents. Please consider allowing a small social bubble :-)
  • Posted by Whisk3y May 05, 2020 at 16:21

    Allowing non essential shops to reopen and small groups of visitors to your house
  • Posted by mklayne May 05, 2020 at 16:22

    Small social bubble to see family or friends.
  • Posted by MairiM May 05, 2020 at 16:23

    Allow free movement in large open spaces.
  • Posted by Thomas54 May 05, 2020 at 16:34

    Being able to have family time together would benefit both Grandchildren and Grandparents, even if once a week would make this all much more bearable.
  • Posted by lynnemcm May 05, 2020 at 16:44

    My mum lives alone and is shielding. I want to have clear guidance to know how I can visit her and assist in the house with the top priority of course being to keep her safe.
  • Posted by Donald May 05, 2020 at 16:53

    Miss be able to golf and socialise at a distance with family 12 miles away, in a rural region.
  • Posted by Scotlassie81 May 05, 2020 at 17:04

    Being able to visit parents locally. Video calls are good but when you live alone, getting to see and speak in person would be nice.
  • Posted by Qwe123 May 05, 2020 at 17:05

    I think the most important thing for people’s well-being is being able to see family & friends. I think the Irish proposal of allowing up to 4 people to meet outside, and at a safe distance would be the simplest to implement and the fairest for all given the variety of family/social circumstances. Given the continuation of social distancing, i would assume this is no more risky than the ‘bubble idea’ being discussed, but easier to monitor & fairer to those whose families/friends do no fall neatly into self-contained 5/10 person units.
  • Posted by PaulB1987 May 05, 2020 at 17:09

    would Just like to go a walk or a run with a friend or visit family, not bothered about big gatherings or football etc at the moment. Biggest impact to my quality of life and well being would be able to see my friend whilst following any rules etc
  • Posted by AliJ May 05, 2020 at 17:09

    My almost four year old being able to socialise with at least one of his friends ... he is an only child ... even just outdoors would be fine.
  • Posted by Tiberius85 May 05, 2020 at 17:10

    Seeing my immediate family is the most important thing for me at the moment.
  • Posted by Broomknowes9 May 05, 2020 at 17:10

    Being able to travel in a car no more than 50 miles in the central belt for a specified reason for our social bubble. Other countries have done this. Ours reason would be to visit our daughter and son in law in person in their garden with their first baby due at the beginning of June. They both work for the NHS . She has been working from home all this time as per the guidance as a GP. They and we have socially isolated in our respective homes and all abide strictly to the rules so far. We know how to socially distance from each other and would want to continue to do this to protect ourselves and the baby. We understand the risks so this is probably more about managing everyone's mental health rather than simply a "nice to have "visit.
  • Posted by catalyst May 05, 2020 at 17:13

    I live alone and have a second property in another region of Scotland. I would like to be able to go to my second property, and live there for several weeks (alone) - there are things I could be doing there getting it ready for being put up for sale when the time arrives that that will again be possible. I would of course maintain the social distancing guidelines that I follow in my home city.
  • Posted by ClemPab May 05, 2020 at 17:31

    Being able to see a few friends, or have small gatherings, while respecting strong hygiene rules and social distancing would have an enormous impact on my mental health. Even if it was restricted to a number of times per week or a small number of people. The blanket restriction on all social contact because I live alone has been extraordinarily painful.
  • Posted by Broomknowes9 May 05, 2020 at 17:37

    Our main hobby is motorcycling touring. My husband and I like to do short day trips ( under 3 hours /100miles round trip from home. We are socially isolated from each other as we each ride a our own bike. Before lockdown we were doing this as well as socially distancing when we had our one stop to have our take away coffees from the cafe we used to sit in. We'd like to do this again as it would help well being given we are now stuck in the house working from home everyday. The biggest risk to us will be other road users and that not changed for the 35 years!
  • Posted by ljk84 May 05, 2020 at 17:38

    being able to see a limited number of family and friends and travelling a short distance for exercise/ walks. Please consider reopening car parks of walking/exercise sites
  • Posted by ScottK May 05, 2020 at 17:43

    Giving confidence by enforcing the rules. Ice Cream Vans, Drive through Coffee Shops...They are not essential so act to stop non essential activities.
  • Posted by lnelily252 May 05, 2020 at 17:43

    Being able to visit close family
  • Posted by Jane May 05, 2020 at 17:48

    Being able to visit family and friends while observing the guidance - after the last 7 weeks would not compromise my own or others health - for me this would involve travel by car out-with my area.
  • Posted by Heather29 May 05, 2020 at 17:51

    To reopen cafes and restaurants under condition that they are following public safety advice. 2m distance from others- maybe booking a slot to visit with people in your household. Even if it’s just for a takeaway - being able to travel further to pick up food. More drive through options!
  • Posted by lynne May 05, 2020 at 18:03

    Being able to see my family. My dad lives on his own and I have cystic fibrosis so haven't been able to see him at all
  • Posted by GolfDuck May 05, 2020 at 18:04

    Please reopen the Golf Courses. It is an open air exercise that complies with all Govt guidelines. Maintain physical distancing, take daily exercise. Why is it OK for walkers and joggers to walk all over golf courses yet golfers are not allowed to ?
  • Posted by G123 May 05, 2020 at 18:10

    Being able to see my partner. I’m a single parent, alone with a 9 year old. My partner lives abroad and we have already had to cancel two visits in the last three months. I understand quite rightly that travel for “holidays” are not a priority in the initial phases of lockdown being reversed, but I believe consideration should be given to those who have parters, husbands/wives etc abroad. It is far more common than many people assume, and those relationships are just important. and have just as many negative mental health impacts. I would certainly be happy to agree to self isolate on return to the UK, if that’s what it took for us to be able to be together again.
  • Posted by robin May 05, 2020 at 18:15

    Opening golf courses for play whilst maintaining social distance. Could restrict to members only
  • Posted by dizzydancer May 05, 2020 at 18:34

    Seeing friends and family, opening up of cafes
  • Posted by Webster2 May 05, 2020 at 18:36

    Agree with many of the comments that interaction with family/close friends is required for mental and emotional health. Technology is brilliant but is not a substitute for human interaction. Being allowed to see friends and family in gardens or open spaces would be a huge relief. The tight restrictions need to be altered to prevent more damage from the side effects of isolation. Further, as someone who does not live close enough to walk to parks or any green space, being allowed to travel for exercise or just a change of scenery (whilst keeping a safe distance) is required. Not having this has started to take a profound negative impact on both my mental and physical health.
  • Posted by Csutton15 May 05, 2020 at 18:39

    Being allowed to undertake exercise after having made a short journey (this could be a specified maximum mileage or travel time). This would enable people to travel slightly further than they can currently and make a wider range of activities/scenery available. In terms of allowable exercise there are a number of open air activities which are currently banned that could be authorised. An example of this is golf, which could easily be played in small groups with social distancing and no contact with any other person or their equipment. Likewise, walking in the countryside in the same way, with social distancing etc. would be less likely to spread infection than doing the shopping for essentials.
  • Posted by dsmith May 05, 2020 at 18:39

    Outwith designated high risk vulnerable groups the current lockdown has a time limited positive impact before the economic, social and health effects outweigh the key aims of the lockdown. I think the SG need to seriously consider offering more specific details to the public of where it can safely ease the current restrictions and provide timelines to assist local planning e.g. I am mystified why I cannot currently play golf yet a large number of walkers can seemingly utilise this space within current guidelines, I cannot visit family & friends employing social distancing & other precautions yet I can wander around a Supermarket with hundreds of other people, etc. My overall experience is that the vast majority of Scottish people have taken a very responsible approach to the current guidelines. I do fear however that no changes soon will see increasing numbers of the public defying the current guidelines. The SG need to trust us to continue to act responsibly but give us some small steps in the next 2 weeks to give us some hope.
  • Posted by Maryannelawson May 05, 2020 at 18:40

    How could a family social bubble work if those in the bubble were all going out to work every day . This can only work with groups of people who are not seeing/meeting other people outwith the group
  • Posted by concernedparentandworker May 05, 2020 at 18:49

    A return to work and school before summer
  • Posted by MiriamG May 05, 2020 at 19:01

    Seeing family, allowing churches to reopen, being allowed to take my severely autistic non verbal son to safe places to walk (so reopening country parks, lochs etc) and being allowed to go on holiday as a family keeping social distance.
  • Posted by nltcthgc May 05, 2020 at 19:03

    Keep social distancing guidelines in place but allow people to make their own choices and decisions about the risks involved of meeting up with wider groups of friends and family. Friends and family can help keep the most vulnerable safer from this virus, but do not forget that the virus itself is only impacting way less than 1% of our population, yet the restrictions are affecting 100%. Human life is relatively short and fragile and we should be allowed to live it to the fullest. Keeping the restrictions in place for several months may not be much to someone in their 20,s, 30's, 40's . . . but as you get older, you realise that life is too precious to waste a single day sitting around confined to your home. Every one of us faces the risk of death every day in life - some die young, some live beyond 100, but we must be allowed to live
  • Posted by Kgal May 05, 2020 at 19:12

    Schools, nurseries and childcare re-opening. Playgrounds being opened up ASAP, it’s just cruel walking through a park with children and not letting them used the playground because it is taped up.
  • Posted by poppetandmog May 05, 2020 at 19:13

    Being able to take my child to a park without feeling like a criminal. Open the car parks back up for country parks so those in urban areas are able to exercise while being able to social distance effectively.
  • Posted by Joanne May 05, 2020 at 19:18

    Being able to see my young adult children, who no longer live with me. This would help us support each other through a very unsettling time - we would be really careful and would respect the situation - but seeing your own family and ensuring they are well feels like a very basic human right and need.
  • Posted by Ian4031 May 05, 2020 at 19:27

    Being able to hug my grandchildren! All three families have stayed within their family groups during lockdown and adhered to the social distancing rules. Nobody ( thankfully) has shown any symptoms. I don't understand why we cannot see our close family members given the above. Separating grandchildren from their grandparents has a detrimental effect on the metal health of both children and grandparents. Allowing us to met up in family groups would be my number one priority
  • Posted by eilidh May 05, 2020 at 19:29

    Being able to sit outside with friends in gardens or take walks together, even if we have to maintain distance the whole time.
  • Posted by TreeGarland May 05, 2020 at 19:38

    To see my grandchildren - on an Island, and to see my partner - in England. This DRACONIAN lockdown is ruining lives, relationships and mental health. 7 weeks is ENOUGH! Time to release the pressure off everyone. Look at the facts. Look at the statistics. Be intelligent.
  • Posted by J668 May 05, 2020 at 19:42

    To those wanting to drive to go for a walk: walk from your own house. Absolutely no way should you be clogging up the countryside with your car.
  • Posted by ScottMillar May 05, 2020 at 19:45

    Right now I have went from having a good quality of life to one that is about surviving. I have complied but the impact to family life, work and general health is diminishing by the day. It seems like the Scottish Govt are now changing the rules, the measures and doing anything they can to justify a further lockdown with the same measures that we have now. There is zero risk acceptance and when we are told we’ll be adult about it the exact opposite happens. I will be following the rUK advice and as a massive supporter of the Scot Govt that’s not an easy thing to write.
  • Posted by Pragmatist May 05, 2020 at 20:01

    Our family agree that he one thing that would improve the quality of life for us would be to enable my daughters to visit their boyfriends once a week, inside or outside doesn't matter , but I think the mental health of teenagers is being severely impacted by the restrictions and should be prioritised. (Obviously this would be on basis of following hygiene guidance etc. )
  • Posted by Rachel_T1502 May 05, 2020 at 20:06

    Being able to see even one other person socially for reasons of mental wellbeing
  • Posted by Marie1974 May 05, 2020 at 20:17

    Being allowed to visit close family members would be good.
  • Posted by Lmw28 May 05, 2020 at 20:20

    Being able to see my family including my wee 3year old grandson who we looked after 3 days a week since he was 1 and then suddenly it was all change, like all grandparents its very difficult.
  • Posted by mjkirk May 05, 2020 at 20:24

    I have a potential concern about "social bubbles". The problem I can see is that of overlapping bubbles. If we have friends and family in our bubble, presumably our friends would have members of their familes in their bubbles, and this pattern of relationships would extend indefinitely. This effectively increases the size of each bubble such that in the limit we are all in one common bubble. Virus transmission between bubbles would presumaby not be as rapid as if the individual bubbles were larger and contact was direct, but it needs to be taken into account when trying to estimate potential transmission risks.
  • Posted by steves01x May 05, 2020 at 20:32

    Apart from being able to go back to work to pay bills.... 1) No limit on out door time 2) Being able to drive a sensible distance for new walks/cycles etc with the kids 3)Expanding the "bubble" to other family groups and house holds. 4)Open play grounds 5) Some form of schooling
  • Posted by Raven765 May 05, 2020 at 20:36

    Greater penalties for those flouting the rules. I am shielding yet see groups of teenagers walking about toether, people in and out of houses, business opening up on the quiet. To help the lockdown work, it needs to be firmly enforced.
  • Posted by Angelcee May 05, 2020 at 20:37

    Being allowed to visit immediate family from out with the local area as long as social distancing is in place. The majority of us are being sensible and should be trusted as adults to use common sense. A lot of people I know have no access to a private garden so are stuck indoors most of the day which is severely affecting their mental health and well being. If they were allowed to sit in a park socially distanced or visit family this would make a huge impact on their current situation.
  • Posted by tilly_f May 05, 2020 at 20:43

    Improve access to the outdoors... - allow further travelling in private cars (avoid public transport) - allow longer time spent outside - allow participating in outdoor activities with friends and family while social distancing
  • Posted by Teresa May 05, 2020 at 20:49

    Allowing younger people to meet face to face with a limited number of other young people would make a big difference. They are being asked to sacrifice so much for older generations that an easing of restrictions for young people must be considered as a priority. (I am an older person).
  • Posted by geraldwiley May 05, 2020 at 21:00

    Being allowed to go back to work would make the biggest difference
  • Posted by dvd8n May 05, 2020 at 21:23

    Add to the idea of exercise other outdoor sporting activities that can be undertaken alone or with social distancing measures in place - eg archery, solo golf, fishing. We're not all cyclists!
  • Posted by LAM May 05, 2020 at 21:31

    Lift the restrictions on travel and visiting friends or family. But please don't lift restrictions on visiting and then keep them on travel, denying many of us the possibility of seeing those loved ones who live far from us - that would be very cruel.
  • Posted by Kylesku May 05, 2020 at 21:34

    Being free to decide for myself waht is safe or not but the one thing would be to play golf
  • Posted by ls83 May 05, 2020 at 21:45

    Being able to access health care and dentists. Being able to see family. Sports being allowed to be slowly introduced again. We have other health pandemics waiting with lack of access to physical activity. Being allowed to go out more than once a day for one hour
  • Posted by ChrisS May 05, 2020 at 22:05

    We live 170 miles away from close family. To allow restricted number of close family members only to visit Scotland. On arrival to remain in our local area and be subject to any local restrictions on movement and to social distancing measures.
  • Posted by Stephaniekeachie May 05, 2020 at 22:14

    I think that if people follow social distancing they should be able to travel pending any local restrictions. I know for my mental health I would like to be able to return to work while maintaining social distancing (I work in an estate agents) I know my daughter would like to have lessons rather than home work listed on a bulletin board; she’s missing the subjects and teachers rather than school.
  • Posted by colin546326 May 05, 2020 at 22:16

    Playing golf with my closest friends and traveling to allow me to hillwalk and fly RC planes.
  • Posted by Babscox22 May 05, 2020 at 22:23

    To be able to travel to see my direct family and grandson. Even to meet half way and meet in a park or to bring my grandchild to stay for a few days to give my family some time to get a break and recharge their batteries
  • Posted by Debrastorr May 05, 2020 at 22:29

    A small extension of bubble - but I fear that people resuming work AND extending a social bubble beyond household may be too risky.
  • Posted by CUMMING May 05, 2020 at 22:30

    Allowing those who've arranged their weddings to get married, even if there are restrictions on number of family/friends who can be present at the ceremony.
  • Posted by eroomxul May 05, 2020 at 22:45

    There should be no limits on outdoor activities that pose little or no risk of infection: e.g. golf, boating, hill-walking. You should be allowed to travel by car to undertake these activities. Car parks are not a significant risk - most supermarket car parks are far more crowded than car parks in the countryside.
  • Posted by Chegs May 05, 2020 at 22:55

    This is a hard one, but i have a 93 year old mother in a care home. She doesn’t have dementia, but is frail and, clearly, vulnerable. The home has been in lockdown since March, and she has been unable to see her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She has a new great grandson she hasn’t yet met-and may never meet him. Simply put, as she says herself, she has an existence, not a life. I feel the care home sector has been very badly served- expected to admit residents who had not been tested for Covid, or, even worse, were showing symptoms. Regular and repeated testing of residents / staff and a limited number of family members needs to take place so enable the elderly, approaching the end of their lives, to have the comfort and companionship of their family - even if only on a limited basis
  • Posted by Feemcfa May 05, 2020 at 23:08

    Being able to see family - without a doubt would make biggest difference
  • Posted by Jp69 May 05, 2020 at 23:09

    Being able to meet up with family members especially those who live alone and being able to drive to go for a longer walk in the countryside.
  • Posted by LBurns11 May 05, 2020 at 23:09

    Social bubbles if households accept that they then all take the same risk as those in the group at the most risk.
  • Posted by ALDO57 May 05, 2020 at 23:16

    In terms of mental wellbeing there needs to be balance struck between the current restrictions and getting some life back in terms of sport and helping the economy. It feels like we have adhered to what has been asked, been successful, and yet there is no change to current regulations. No point in getting the R down through a huge Scotland wide public effort and then not taking decisions to improve the present quality of life. We need some hope and didn't get that from the First Minister today. Time to set out a plan with dates like Ireland on how we try and move forward.
  • Posted by C11KAT May 05, 2020 at 23:17

    Letting my autistic son see his gran and my partner . In their homes . Not doable in garden . Rain noise etc
  • Posted by C11KAT May 05, 2020 at 23:19

    Struggling single parent of child with support need to get support from grandparent (healthy and under 70) and get back to routine of family unit with partner
  • Posted by Taylor150 May 05, 2020 at 23:24

    Being able to see close family members and them being able to help with kids while i work from home. Very difficult to work with two young children.
  • Posted by MGlasfam May 05, 2020 at 23:52

    Meeting up with family, even if only once a week
  • Posted by Jeannie May 05, 2020 at 23:54

    It would have to be being allowed to mix with my daughters household even outside
  • Posted by Shielder May 06, 2020 at 01:27

    Echo the comments posted by mjkirk at 2024hrs. The bubble proposal is a problem for further transmissions if say my niece wants to see her immediate family (us) and her fiancée wants to see his immediate family, then the fiancée's bother has a partner who wants to see their immediate family, it could go on and on like that. The Irish proposal of no more than 4 people and both groups stick together is the safest starting point, although it would be impossible to enforce. I'm Shielding and under no illusion that will have to stay in place, I will be doing so with or without Government instruction. Going forward their needs to be more contact made by G.P's to check in with this group. I have family support, it is a very scary time (I recognise this is not just for this group) but I can't imagine what it's like for a person on totally isolated on their own. I had to contact my G.P even though the letter I received stated they would contact me as soon as they could, and I didn't find the call that compassionate. I understand GP's will be under a lot of pressures and will have the same worries as others re: their safety and their family but there needs to be more emotional support provided.
  • Posted by Kirklistonjohn May 06, 2020 at 02:06

    Being able to travel and do activities which could still be done with social isolation in groups of one or two eg hill walking, camping , etc
  • Posted by OldDeuteronomy May 06, 2020 at 02:50

    Seeing family again, and although a while away is crucially important for mental and physical well-being for all of us.
  • Posted by is May 06, 2020 at 03:35

    getting back to work
  • Posted by Harrysmammy May 06, 2020 at 04:10

    Being able to see my parents who do not have digital access so skype or facetime or zoom is not possible. Even if you let us just sit outside and we maintain 2 metres distance. Just need to see their eyes, see their smiles. Its not the same as a great big bear hug but it would mean the world
  • Posted by Brett May 06, 2020 at 04:38

    It should be noted that before undertaking any significant changes to lockdown that we take into consideration the ability to rest some of our keyworkers. The virus will not be leaving anytime soon. Our keyworkers must not be allowed to overwhelmed. With this achieved, I hope we continue to prioritise the wellbeing of society. If we are to truly renew as a country, This is critical. My quality of life will improve when my fears are reduced and hope restored. Beginning this incremental process with measures that focus on those most vulnerable and building from there. Ideally this would be by resuming paused services that affect their mental or physical health. In the meantime we could also relax the number of times a day a households can exercise outside. Before we move to increasing outside interactions from an increased bubble. (Both whilst observing current social distancing guidelines.) A new normal must begin with people and then extend to business. People will react to future changes to restrictions far more effectively than business. Tight as the margins of these decisions are, it seems sensible to begin with those that can have the largest impact to health and that can easily be reversed. I would be distressed if the message to country was that it is safe for them to work and increase economic productivity before addressing their personal wellbeing. For example: If it isn't advisable to meet family or friends whilst observing social distancing then it's surely not advisable for me to travel on public transport and work in a non essential public facing role. I am however not naive. Economic harm will lead to personal harm. Which won't be mitigated easily. Current efforts deal with the here and now and don't address the future. Yes the country needs to get moving again. But the question is moving where? The one improvement I most look forward to is that of a progressive outward looking Scotland that takes this opportunity to rebuild. The first step is with people at its heart. The very people who will renew.
  • Posted by kdbennett May 06, 2020 at 07:27

    Allowing longer trips outside for socially-distanced activities, such as mountain walking. This need not involve contact with locals, except through outlets such as petrol stations and takeaways that are open anyway. Apart from the benefit of maintaining health and fitness, especially for those who have always done this regularly, it would help support local businesses in remoter areas.
  • Posted by pblackburn604 May 06, 2020 at 07:51

    Support the previous views - allow outdoor activities - walking, fishing , wildlife - watching etc which pose little risk
  • Posted by YMCA May 06, 2020 at 08:22

    The right to roam and enjoy the outdoors of our beautiful country. Including all outdoor sportsman and access to the beach. If it’s busy I’m sure most people will avoid these places.
  • Posted by Julief May 06, 2020 at 08:31

    A limited way to allow more social interaction. I’m a single parent of an only child. He needs more people and so do I. The impact on both our mental health is taking its toll and I worry what another three (?) weeks will do to us.
  • Posted by lmac8355 May 06, 2020 at 08:46

    Lockdown is working to help reduce transmission. Any steps must be small and introduced gradually so that spread can be measured and changes made. I personally have seen the impact of lockdown within my own family. Some members are coping and others are finding the challenge of isolation having a huge impact on their mental health and relationships. It's the people and indeed children who are not coping that I am concerned about. Phone contact for support is not always well received if answered. I am aware there are on line support for such cases but often this is hard for the person to access for many reasons. A helpful first step would be for a trusted family member or friend to make physical contact and be present. Children in the family have also been affected. Their understanding is limited and despite huge efforts by their parents they are having nightmares and having emotional meltdowns. This in turn adds to the stain on their parents. Again physical contact by a family member or friend would be a good first step to support the children. I personally have four grandchildren who I have seen on video calls. Initially we found this hard and emotionally draining but it is improving. I would like to be able to see them in person and share some fun times together.
  • Posted by Pammylaird May 06, 2020 at 08:48

    Allowing us all to meet discrete number of friends. This is important particuarly for teenagers who have had their lives seriously disrupted with cancellation of exams and are missing their peers and social interaction. Government need to trust the people to act responsibly- they are there to govern not nanny.
  • Posted by PDT10 May 06, 2020 at 08:52

    Seeing my dad is first Seeing a staged plan with indicative dates over the coming months, whilst knowing it’s subject to change, would have a positive impact on my mental health
  • Posted by angelseasonfive May 06, 2020 at 08:53

    Being able to visit close family, even to just meet outside and go for a walk with them.
  • Posted by Mags1 May 06, 2020 at 09:17

    Being able to spend time with family.
  • Posted by Djalaodbdld May 06, 2020 at 09:18

    Being able to see family members that don’t live with you would be of the greatest benefit to the overall mental health of the nation. It is a small step that would make a huge positive difference. Many countries have already allowed people to extend their social bubble to include another household including in Guernsey and have seen no increase in infection rates.
  • Posted by MrsBoggs May 06, 2020 at 09:37

    Allow family and friends to support each other, within the confines of an agreed group. I'm a single mother. There have been crisis points that would not have happened had a support network been available. When people contact and ask how you're doing, you can only say "well" because it's not possible to provide assistance if a person is seriously struggling due to current regulations.
  • Posted by Pamela May 06, 2020 at 10:44

    Being able to see friends and visit restaurants etc. I lost my Mum and the lockdown has delayed my grieving process. It is vital that I have my support network back and that I’m able to see friends. I know the current pandemic is a matter of life and death but so is this. My mental health is deteriorating every day,
  • Posted by Suilven May 06, 2020 at 10:51

    Being able to see family in a social bubble
  • Posted by Mikebrown55 May 06, 2020 at 11:00

    It is very much appreciated that social distancing must continue but some relaxation of the current lockdown rules would be welcome particularly around sport and recreation. Opening up sports where social distancing could easily be achieved e.g. golf, fishing and other non team sports would help quite a large proportion of the population.
  • Posted by Mikebrown55 May 06, 2020 at 11:01

    Being able to visit immediate family albeit still observing social distancing would be brilliant.
  • Posted by sh25 May 06, 2020 at 11:06

    being able to visit and hug immediate family members who live more than an hour and way as well as in England
  • Posted by mountinhare May 06, 2020 at 11:12

    Sea swimming, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and kitesurfing have enormous physical and mental benefits. All can be practised in near isolation thanks to our vast beach spaces and small population. There is no more chance of social mixing than, say, walking on the beach. Driving to local beach venues to pursue these and other family, beach-based activities should, I believe, be permitted at the earliest opportunity.
  • Posted by dantelopez May 06, 2020 at 11:15

    Being able to see my partner would make this a lot easier.
  • Posted by conniel May 06, 2020 at 11:16

    The ability to go for a walk where I want, when I want and for as long as I want.
  • Posted by mg74 May 06, 2020 at 11:18

    Being able to see immediate family in safe outdoor spaces
  • Posted by FRWood May 06, 2020 at 11:18

    Being able to drive a distance to visit immediately family outdoors in their gardens or in a park or public space.
  • Posted by Karenperks May 06, 2020 at 11:22

    My two teenage daughters being able to see their boyfriends. Please don’t make a bubble two households - we need three!!
  • Posted by williamfleming May 06, 2020 at 11:30

    access to gym
  • Posted by AMNCL0605 May 06, 2020 at 11:37

    Being able to spend time with family. I am alone and it is affecting my mental health. This can be done in the bubble as you suggest. In small nos perhaps only outside staying 2m apart. Many thanks.
  • Posted by Lornab May 06, 2020 at 11:42

    being able to meet friends and family
  • Posted by FitForPorpoise May 06, 2020 at 11:47

    Being able to swim... open pool, book appointment slot to keep numbers low.
  • Posted by LauraJones May 06, 2020 at 11:47

    Kids going back to school would be number 1 Seeing family and some friends a close second
  • Posted by Wanamuffin May 06, 2020 at 11:51

    Scotland is blessed with many wide open spaces (forests, hills, rivers, lochs). The biggest single thing government could do to improve my quality of life is let me access them to get away from cramped town life. There would be less folk exercising in built up confined areas and I could walk all day without seeing a soul.
  • Posted by Rabg May 06, 2020 at 11:56

    From what we have seen with Britain having the highest rates in Europe and only second behind the USA in total numbers, we have to learn the lessons of not going in a lockdown scenario sooner. Therefore coming out of the lockdown will be more damaging in the long term as the risk of a second or 3rd wave of the virus would be far higher. The lockdown should be extended till the end of June, so that the ‘R’ value has the best chance to come down, therefore reducing the risk of any further lockdowns in the future. If we reduce measures then before then people will naturally become more relaxed about the measures in place and the risk of further lockdowns would be inevitable. If the ‘R’ value is brought down to 0.1 or lower then it would be fair to say that we have beaten this, any higher would risk further infection and further lockdown. If we start to ease lockdown at the end of May then we are half heartedly beating this and not giving everybody the best chance to come out of this and resume normal life quicker. Short term pain for long term gain. If we lockdown till end of June then and the ‘R’ value is down at 0.1 or lower then we can basically resume normal life instead of prolonged agony of semi lockdown, social distancing for the rest of the year! For an extra 4-5 weeks of full lockdown is better than having another 5-6 months of a semi life that’s actually just rubbish. Children not getting the education they deserve because they are not at school as they should be, work places like the hospitality industries not being able to operate as they should. If we come out of lockdown end of May in stages we are just prolonging the agony of not being able to go to the pub, restaurant, work place, playing football with your friends or playing any sport with your friends. Why the contribution is important This idea is important because it’s the simplest and most effective way to beat this situation. Common sense should prevail and rushing back would in the long run just extend this period instead of beating this period and returning to a normal life. If we didn’t do this it would be like getting a prescription for antibiotics from your doctor and only taking half the course prescribed instead of the full course. The chance that you’ll be back at the doctors for another course of antibiotics would be inevitable. Just think about it!!!
  • Posted by bstrata May 06, 2020 at 12:10

    Resumption of meaningful education provision. I am able to work from home and do everything I need by travelling on foot, however the education provision at present is completely unsatisfactory. This is having a major impact on childrens education (there seems to be an assumption that they will all just progress into the next school year and magically "Catch up") It is also having an impact on childrens mental health as they are not seeing their friends or indeed their teachers - we have set up informal Zoom chats, but schools seem to be terrified of using any video distribution method. It is not realistic for parents to both work and occupy their young children who are normally in school for 30 hours a week. The current education offering from my experience seems to be a couple of basic tasks posted on an online classroom and a few online comments throughout the day from teachers - this is not intended to be a criticism of the teachers per se, but the system itself - I have heard of some teachers being chastised for offering video tuition to their students. Personally I am comfortable with children returning to school with some social distancing measures (ie classes every second/third day) However, if this is not to be an option over the next 12 months then the remote distribution options need to be SERIOUSLY improved in line with other countries.
  • Posted by mos2566 May 06, 2020 at 12:13

    Open up golf courses
  • Posted by Danny187 May 06, 2020 at 12:30

    I think the FM and team are doing an exceptional job and have been thoroughly impressed with professionalism in which they have gone about their work. The same applies for the British Government. It is probably important to note that I would have voted for either prior to the pandemic so I am not speaking out of pre defined loyalty. The one change I would really like to see is for both the press and opposition parties to support the government instead of unnecessarily questioning them at every verse end. Instead of highlighting what they could have done better be part of the solution. I have been thoroughly ashamed of the manner in which both groups have hindered the recovery effort and I believe we should be speaking with the same respect about our politicians who are working tirelessly to help. Be part of the solution.
  • Posted by KHD2005 May 06, 2020 at 12:31

    Having a small support network of family to help with childcare & homeschooling face to face would be helpful to allow people to work from home more efficiently.
  • Posted by ZoeK May 06, 2020 at 12:37

    This virus will NOT just disappear. We must learn to live with it. Social interaction between loved ones must be reinstated with immediate effect. Mental health and domestic/child abuse is on the extreme rise. As is violence in communities. We must think what is best for us and our own. NO ONE is in control of anothers life. We can NOT be kept as virtual prisoners no more. Restore our freedom!
  • Posted by GSimpson1312 May 06, 2020 at 12:37

    Please rethink having to do another 3 weeks. You, the government are underestimating the impact on people's mental health. People are also drinking crazy amounts of alcohol on a daily basis. No reason now you can't reopen golf courses/fisheries that type of thing. You know. I'm just thinking what is the point, falling on deaf ears with this. NHS TAYSIDE Psychiatric service's...worst in UK. Dundee ,highest drug related deaths. You don't care enough about people's mental health.
  • Posted by Sheebud May 06, 2020 at 12:37

    Fully understand that we need to manage our way out of this, however current data is showing the correct trend, for us to seriously consider some relaxation of current lockdown restrictions. I do think this is needed given mental (and economic ) considerations, which need to be taken into account. Not seen the full plan, but considering a phased approach, with the data showing us if we can go forward to next phase or if we need to go back to previous phase would be welcome in my view. An approach like this would also inform the public and better engage them into current position. If we do go with a phased approach, then real dialogue needed on the content within each phase.
  • Posted by fionas May 06, 2020 at 12:39

    Being able to occasionally visit my long-term partner who lives alone 30 miles away and has been strictly adhering to the social distancing guidelines. It is unfair he should have to go for so long without seeing people.
  • Posted by NickyB May 06, 2020 at 12:51

    one more for being able to see close family or equivalent
  • Posted by GoingSolo_ May 06, 2020 at 13:04

    Being able to meet socially with even a single friend outside of my household (i.e. the social 'bubble' idea). I live alone in a rural area, 500 miles from my family, and can count the number of face-to-face human interactions I have had in the past 6 weeks on one hand. This solitary confinement is having a major impact on my mental health.
  • Posted by Jayli May 06, 2020 at 13:05

    Being able to visit my boyfriend who lives 60 miles away - we are both living alone, in the countryside - neither of us meets anybody out on our daily walks because we both live rurally, thus we are both totally isolated and it is affecting our mental health. The lack of any sort of human contact other than via video call is terrible for single people, and I would like to be able to travel to see him in his home (or vice versa) - just the 2 of us. It would make a huge amount of difference to have this human contact.
  • Posted by alogan May 06, 2020 at 13:14

    Seeing children and grandchildren
  • Posted by juliasimpson May 06, 2020 at 13:19

    Being able to visit family within a reasonable travel distance i.e. 10 miles maximum.
  • Posted by Glutathione May 06, 2020 at 13:20

    Some historians are already talking about mass hysteria. End the lunacy now. We're protecting people that don't need protection and have not acted to protect the vulnerable groups soon enough. Recommend 'Perspectives on the Pandemic'. Covid-19 itself has killed no-one. It MIGHT lead to pneumonia and this MIGHT be life threatening - a high risk especially for the elderly with co-morbidities. The misreporting and government line (dying WITH Covid-19 is different from dying BECAUSE of Covid-19 - and we're not distinguishing between REPORTED and DIAGNOSED cases) has lead to deaths as people avoid going to hospital with other conditions. Social distancing and lockdown emulate the conditions by which winter flu thrives and we're just delaying the time by which the virus (harmless to the majority) drops out of the population. Antibody testing in the US and Germany suggests a pneumonia mortality rate similar to a normal or maybe a bit worse than normal seasonal flu. Seems Sweden got it more right than any other country (although they were too slow to isolate care homes).
  • Posted by TonyFinn May 06, 2020 at 13:25

    End the lockdown NOW
  • Posted by LorraineMC May 06, 2020 at 13:38

    I am desperate to fly down south to see my 79 yr old mother. How can we practice social distancing when queuing to board a flight? Something for consideration sooner rather than later.
  • Posted by AngeD May 06, 2020 at 13:41

    The ability to socialise with a number of friends or family - even if it is within the garden and socially distancing. I have a couple of friends who live on their own and this would make a huge difference for them. I live with my partner and just some time away from each other to meet other people face to face would make a difference to his mental health as he is not working at the moment.
  • Posted by Andyggow2010 May 06, 2020 at 13:47

    Well being able to see family in a public space but where a family member lives in supported living have special conditions applied to increase the Access possibities
  • Posted by lewisingram_ May 06, 2020 at 13:51

    Allow more outdoor activities in secluded areas, such as wild camping for 1 or 2 people. We have a beautiful country and during this weather people are not being able to enjoy it. Wild camping is low-risk as there is little to no contact with anybody. People need to be able to get out of the house and be outdoors for their health. Also, allow couples who live apart to see and visit each other. It is a simple and low-risk first step to easing us out of lockdown. Let adults use their common sense and be careful, but still let them out to see each other, for the good of their mental health and wellbeing. Will the government take responsibility for the strain on relationships? Doubtful. How can the government expect couples to not see each other when not only did Catherine Calderwood break lockdown rules, but now Prof. Neil Ferguson also broke lockdown rules to meet his lover. Businesses are starting to reopen, which poses a greater risk of spreading the virus, how does two people meeting in a house risk more danger than being out in a shop? As time goes on grown adults in relationships are going to get sick of being treated like criminals - so let's start getting life back on track.
  • Posted by TW May 06, 2020 at 13:53

    Allowing interactions with a (small) number of others. I live alone and now work from home so have not had any in-person social interactions for over 7 week now- definitely taking its toll on my mental health.
  • Posted by LauraAR May 06, 2020 at 14:03

    To be able to see family. Also to be allowed to sit in parks either alone or in household group, maintaining social distancing from others.
  • Posted by peterweb May 06, 2020 at 14:07

    The Scottish Government has made many tough choices in relation to Covid 19 and I believe this sets a framework for honest informed debate about the impact of fossil fuel use on our health and environment. And accept the reality that our fossil fuel lifestyle is not sustainable. Minimise car and other private vehicle travel. Maximise space for cycling, walking running and similar exercise that so many of us have taken up/been enjoying while breathing the cleaner air. A radical implementation of restriction on the use of motorised vehicles in cities including 20mph maximum, and restrictions on access to particular areas (e.g. deliveries only) National action to implement pavement parking restrictions and low emission zone plans which will have an immediate impact on public health and will also address the need for urgent action on the climate emergency. And a national campaign about road sharing and all road users responsibilities to one another based on equal access for all.
  • Posted by jrob May 06, 2020 at 14:26

    Meet with family and a limited number of friends.
  • Posted by DeeDee May 06, 2020 at 14:28

    Ability to drive to car parks for access to beach/forestry commission land where we can walk for miles with the dogs able to swim/run without seeing anybody else like we used to - now we walk the dogs on lead with loads of other people all around which is a nightmare.
  • Posted by Lcinglis May 06, 2020 at 14:48

    Allow more outdoor activity further afield, walking, fishing in particular.
  • Posted by HPorter May 06, 2020 at 14:53

    To be able to visit my elderly parents who live 70miles away, and get them connected online with other close family who live abroad. Also some face to face social interaction for my daughter.
  • Posted by jlml58 May 06, 2020 at 14:57

    Living alone, being able to meet with close family would be most welcome, even if this has to be outdoors
  • Posted by MrsLogan23 May 06, 2020 at 15:09

    Contact with family and friends - outside (not inside) even if that means travel to other non-local locations.
  • Posted by Lasswade May 06, 2020 at 15:21

    Men in particular have difficulty dealing with mental health issues and opening Golf courses would hugely help men in particular. The benefits are equally good for all genders but the regular golf sessions are a miss for banter (wellbeing) and exercise. However, I think club houses should remain closed for now as should changing rooms so there is no close contact. This means it would need to be acceptable to drive to a club, perhaps a distance restriction for local club so the golfers can take their clubs but are changed already to play. The games should be in pairs allowing social distancing. Golf Shops could re-open using social distancing one in one out helpoing these often small businesses.
  • Posted by EmmaMcL May 06, 2020 at 15:43

    Allowing us to visit immediate family would make a huge difference to quality of life and mental health.
  • Posted by Amf May 06, 2020 at 15:54

    I would love to be able to get out on the hills again, certainly those that are within a 50 mile radius. I’d do this with my husband.
  • Posted by paulc May 06, 2020 at 16:02

    This is most important. As a member of a vulnerable group (over 70) I would much prefer that we are given a level-headed freedom to decide for ourselves what actions are suitable rather than this imposed confinement. Social distancing is quite possible without lockdown as presently imposed. As others have said there is no practical reason why council and forestry car parks should not be open so that we can drive reasonably locally for our exercise. There is no logical reason why small shops should not be allowed to open under the same rules as small food shops, particularly for outdoor activities like gardening and fishing or other solo activities.
  • Posted by sbecker May 06, 2020 at 16:03

    Allowing people to access the outdoors more, while social distancing, would offer huge benefits to mental health with only a minimal risk of increased virus transmission. The ability to travel further and enjoy some outdoor activity would definitely make even strict adherence to social distancing much more manageable the rest of the time.
  • Posted by angusfife May 06, 2020 at 16:06

    Being able to visit close friends - even if only on a socially distanced basis in garden.
  • Posted by jimmcfadyen May 06, 2020 at 16:08

    Allow each household group to pair with a maximum of one other household group. These groups should preferably be family groups but should recognise that not everyone falls neatly into a family grouping. Meeting should be outdoors where practicable, but indoors should be acceptable providing proper hygiene can be maintained. Consider appropriateness of geographic restrictions. The majority of the population are fully onboard with the requirements for minimising transmission, so we get it and will work out how to manage meeting with other households, both indoors and outdoors. The very few who don't comply, are less likely to be in compliance with current guidance. Provide details on how to report abuses ie parties and large gatherings. If we are big enough to have adult conversations, we are big enough to have adult responsibilities.
  • Posted by Cathmas May 06, 2020 at 16:30

    Allowing the individuals who are shielded to go out for exercise only.
  • Posted by MsW May 06, 2020 at 16:50

    Resumption of health referrals and screenings. People have been discouraged from engaging with the NHS if their health issue has not been Covid-19 related not just as regards using the NHS but because all are aware that routine examinations, screwing and procedures have been ceased. That is an error, and one that will prove fatal for some whose deaths were wholly avoidable.
  • Posted by julselis May 06, 2020 at 16:53

    Being able to meet a friend for a chat and give them a quick hug before leaving them. For those of us living alone with no family (or no family nearby) this lockdown has been brutal. While I sympathise with people who want to see their family or partners, any changes must take into account that many of us simply don't have either and we rely greatly on a support network of non-related friends.
  • Posted by Jbilsland May 06, 2020 at 17:08

    I live alone so being able to see my close family ourdoors, while observing social distancing would make a huge difference.
  • Posted by winifred May 06, 2020 at 17:15

    Agree entirely with the last comment, by julselis. I too live alone and have no family. I am a healthy active 70+ and long to be able to meet friends, one at a time if necessary, and visit each other's homes. And a quick hug: I so miss the physical proximity of other people!
  • Posted by SAM May 06, 2020 at 17:23

    To be able to see my partner and my children their step dad and step brothers. We are the same 'household' but live apart during the week in different physical houses during the week but together weekends and holidays. We haven't see the other half of our family for 6 weeks. :(
  • Posted by Sheena May 06, 2020 at 17:26

    Seeing my children and grandchildren.
  • Posted by HanWin May 06, 2020 at 17:28

    To be able to have a small bubble of people I see. The loneliness and isolation has had the hardest impact
  • Posted by rst May 06, 2020 at 17:38

    To be able to drive for ten minutes to meet my son and go for a walk with him even if physical distancing had to be maintained.
  • Posted by maggie1973 May 06, 2020 at 17:41

    To be able to see my mum and dad who are shielding due to Dad's autoimmune disease. They live rurally 30 miles from us and one of my brothers has been dropping food off when required, and speaking for a bit, at distance, outside. Would be perfectly happy to do this outside in the garden, and obviously at safe distance. They are missing all their grandchildren more than any other restriction. For them also I think they would like to be able to go out a wee drive now and again if not getting out of car, or be able to be allowed to do "Click & collect". I'm so worried that the high risk group are going to be forgotten about and kept indoors until a vaccine is found whilst restrictions are relaxed for others, leaving them even more isolated.
  • Posted by Homeburd May 06, 2020 at 18:00

    To be able to meet up with family again. I’m happy to maintain social distancing but I’m tired of my own company now.
  • Posted by mmcarroll May 06, 2020 at 18:18

    To be able to go and visit family(small scale) and for family(small scale) to be able to reciprocate.
  • Posted by Alvaro May 06, 2020 at 18:26

    You can do facetime to avoid second wave in 1918 the second wave was the one kills more people
  • Posted by Aferg139 May 06, 2020 at 18:28

    To be able to visit my family who live half an hour away. Also for them to visit an elderly mother who lives on her own and been in hospital. This would be good for her and their mental health, as its been a worrying time for us all.
  • Posted by Alanpenman May 06, 2020 at 19:07

    Seeing brother. Perhaps keeping a safe distance and/or outside. Other friends perhaps limited to one or two a week would also be good. Suspect this will be possible to keep tracing simple.
  • Posted by EmmaHart May 06, 2020 at 19:15

    For my children to return to school and/or be able to see their friends again
  • Posted by MercuryD May 06, 2020 at 19:15

    To be able to visit close family, even if it's just in their garden and more than one hour to exercise a day.
  • Posted by Citizen451 May 06, 2020 at 19:17

    Whilst I share the desire to see my family and grandchildren again as soon as possible; I can also see the positive side of the current lockdown which has seen a massive drop in traffic. I live in the centre of Edinburgh and I can now hear the sound of birds rather than just the sound of traffic. Edinburgh City Council have taken rapid steps to close some roads to cars so that there is more space for the rapidly increasing number of people walking and cycling. As we start to consider the first steps out of lockdown, I hope that the Government is thinking carefully about how we can enable people to keep walking and cycling rather than just fall back into the old ways of car dominated roads and the associated congestion and pollution. The Scottish Government has given Local Authorities the power to put in place work place parking schemes. Now is the time to get these schemes implemented quickly so that as many people as possible are encouraged to keep cycling and walking whenever it is practical for them.
  • Posted by amw May 06, 2020 at 19:17

    Reinforcing the current advice on social distancing and increasing the policing of the current lock down measures would be a good place to begin. (This might mean that those living in my street who are having repeated, and often, daily visits variously from parents, children, grandchildren and friends get the message that they are being rather selfish by knowingly flouting the current advice.) It is clear the current measures are just beginning to work, and, as the First Minister regularly states, it will not take much to reverse the progress made and cause overload to the NHS. Bubbles will be unworkable - people will just 'choose' to be in multiple groups. Allowing people to travel further afield will just lead to an impossible situation for policing. Rural areas are most likely to be hardest hit. It is very easy to see that more expansive travel could lead to an increase risk of virus transmission. Let's keep the lock down for a little longer until we can be sure the virus is under full control. Then measures can be lifted in steps with the confidence that a second peak is less likely to occur.
  • Posted by consult1 May 06, 2020 at 19:24

    work in the public sector full time and also have to look after my children. My work is non essential. Workload has increased with no ease yet I still have to look after my children. I’m having to work nights to catch up sometimes until 2/3 in the morning. Other sectors employees are having salaries 80 % paid by the public purse but are able to not work. I am really struggling and I know many other public sector workers are also. I agree with schools not reopening however employees need to have an appropriate work life balance and not expected to ramp up work whislt having young children to look after. If not Ill with Coronavirus I will be ill due to being stretched too far and this is not good for me, my children or employer. Special leave is not allowed, and I couldn’t afford being without pay. The only option my employer is giving me is to take all my annual leave now. Again I will burn out if not able to take annual leave for the remainder of 2020. We are not being given the same opportunities to look after children whilst 80 % paid as is the rest of the population. Public employees with children under10 should be given the opportunity to furlough
  • Posted by rjm May 06, 2020 at 19:42

    It's a tough time for everyone and maintaining morale, dignity and self respect is increasingly difficult but this virus is a killer and isn't going away any day soon. The number of comments submitted under this topic says it all. A previous comment suggests maintaining lock-down until the end of June and looking at the number of new cases being confirmed everyday in Scotland, as tests increase, the virus is still very active and by setting a "deadline" whilst maintaining strong implementation of current lockdown rules or indeed more rigid ones (many albeit the minority are not following current regulations) will raise spirits. Certain aspects of lockdown mass gathering events, theatres, cinemas, restaurants etc. should be held in lockdown until 2021 by which time, hopefully, a vaccine or treatment will be available. A clearer timetable should be established and this opportunity to comment is part of that process. The current uncertainty is demoralising but an early lifting of lockdown is a potential time bomb.
  • Posted by codenamev May 06, 2020 at 19:46

    Ending social distancing, it's driving humans apart and to be suspicious of one another cultivating extreme paranoia and citizen policing as was the case in East Germany. This cannot go on for much longer ! We need to adapt to live with the virus which is not super lethal to healthy people, along the same level as a bad flu. I would also like to see swimming baths re open and gyms, all this can be adpated to fit present circumstances.
  • Posted by jcpren May 06, 2020 at 20:06

    Being allowed to visit my partner (we both live alone, and our mental health is suffering)
  • Posted by Mk1975 May 06, 2020 at 20:12

    Shield the elderly and vulnerable as they are making up the highest level of deaths and integrate the others back into a new normal. Tobacco, alcohol and obesity cause strain on the NHS and kill thousands each year but we’ve not banned them. Allow schools to go back as studies are showing children aren’t at risk and don’t transfer the disease to adults so no danger there. This will halt the future disparity in education between those children receiving virtual lessons and those not. Also those completing theirs lessons and those not. This allows the gradual introduction of people to the workplace which will stop future generations suffering tax burdens and loss of jobs. All of the above improves mental health of nation. Also stops the prioritising of elderly and infirm over people waiting with existing illnesses such as cancer and stops the future health time bomb were creating. Basing our current plans on guesses is a hugely dangerous way to go about this. Why the contribution is important Stops creating a future health time bomb that could kills thousands and re starts economy which stops future inequality as well as social issues and will go some way to stopping a tax burden on future generations.
  • Posted by Abigail May 06, 2020 at 20:27

    Being able to meet up with family and friends. This is hugely important for the many people who either live alone or whose life circumstances are such that they need their support network. I also would like to see some first tentative moves toward a return to work for at least some sectors. This would obviously need to be with safe guidelines in place and presumably with different work patterns and work practises.
  • Posted by Colin87 May 06, 2020 at 20:27

    Have a clear way to increase the household bubble to allow grandparents to meet up with their children and grandchildren
  • Posted by colinsparling May 06, 2020 at 20:37

    open golf courses that have developed a plan based on SGU guidance
  • Posted by CarolY May 06, 2020 at 20:37

    I live alone and now work from home, to be able to physically see family and friends and give them a cuddle and to ensure when that happens that no-one is at risk. So testing is the key to that.
  • Posted by csc May 06, 2020 at 20:44

    Allowing us to travel within Scotland to see my parents who are in their eighties. Eventually we will get back to all kinds of social activities, but elderly parents won't always be there.
  • Posted by Kathill May 06, 2020 at 20:51

    Like the idea of household bubble/some way of interacting with friends, even if just outside/meeting for a walk. Not quite sure how it would work though in practice, risk still the same, unless vulnerable people excluded? I have 78 year old parents and an 81 year old aunt with Alzheimer’s, and we have to provide my aunt with the home care previously provided by social care. We limit contact to just administering the medication, and are in and out as quickly as possible, face covering, the whole works, but would be good for her to have more interaction, she is lonely and company/interaction is key, so anything to allow more controlled family contact would be great, although practically managing/mitigating the risk is still the same
  • Posted by triumphherald May 06, 2020 at 20:51

    Allow visits to family, even if restricted to outside areas.
  • Posted by shazzaem May 06, 2020 at 21:05

    My quality of life would be improved by being able to see family and close friends even if only outside in gardens, dog walking or outdoor cafes. Sport is very important to me. I’d like to be able to play tennis and train. I’d be happy for Craiglockhart tennis centre to reopen indoors but would accept it if only outdoors to begin with. Access to more shopping opportunities would also be good. My garden has been my salvation through lockdown but it would be of benefit to me to be able to visit and buy from garden centres. Re-opening schools is really important for my son who is in S3. He misses his friends, teachers and particularly school sports. From the studies I’ve read, there is no evidence of virus transmission at school so I would be very happy for them to re-open this side of the summer holidays.
  • Posted by mclernonmichelle May 06, 2020 at 21:25

    To be able to travel to Edinburgh/Fife from Glasgow to visit family. Concerned 'social bubbles' will only encompass people living in your immediate area but I have lost loved ones during the lockdown and was unable to travel for funerals or support.
  • Posted by hbutcher21 May 06, 2020 at 21:30

    Being allowed out more than once per day. I have to decide whether to run by myself or walk with my partner. I feel if allowed I could easily do both whilst still physical distancing. This would help my mental health and make the lockdown easier to continue for longer.
  • Posted by Vlward May 06, 2020 at 21:35

    Access to outdoor spaces and activities (walking, canoeing) within a short (30 minute?) drive. But this would only improve my quality of life if I could be confidence about doing this without fear of reprisal or admonishment from local communities and landowners. So the approach needs to be clear and consistent and make sure that it communicates accurately about risk rather than stoking on/increasing fear.
  • Posted by YMCA May 06, 2020 at 21:43

    To climb Munros again
  • Posted by JVL May 06, 2020 at 21:44

    Allow the construction industry to re-open. Across the lothians in particular, there are thousands of new builds partially built. A number of us find ourselves stuck in temporary accommodation indefinitely whilst we wait for our homes to be completed. Also to be able to see family and friends.
  • Posted by MrsT85 May 06, 2020 at 21:48

    Re-opening of schools and nurseries would be a great help as juggling working from home and home schooling has many challenges. Also meeting up with other family members is desperately needed especially for children who do not understand what is going on.
  • Posted by Pammy May 06, 2020 at 22:09

    Being able to go for a drive for a change of scenery, I have mobility problems that make it hard to walk so going out for a hours exercise is impossible. Just to be able to jump in the car with my husband and drive somewhere, anywhere would make such a difference.
  • Posted by timk May 06, 2020 at 22:23

    Providing pay or support for small company owners (directors) who normally take dividends rather than paye
  • Posted by Free May 06, 2020 at 22:24

    Travel to outdoor spaces for outdoor activities for mental and physical health. Being trapped when you have previously been subject to sexual abuse is horrendous. For those who use the outdoors for their mental and physical health in a country that has so much open space seems immoral. As responsible individuals treat us like adults, make sure the message is clear about not spreading or catching
  • Posted by AJSmith2707 May 06, 2020 at 22:25

    Seeing family is what I would most appreciate, even if just socially distancing in restricted conditions e.g in the garden without neighbours casting judgements on gatherings.
  • Posted by IdaM May 06, 2020 at 22:27

    Immediately: Being able to travel within reason to enjoy the outdoors. Urban green spaces here in Edinburgh are currently so crowded. Being able to drive, say, 20 mins to the Pentlands or East Lothian coast once a week will make socially distanced enjoyment of the outdoors easier for everyone while Within the next month or two: phased reopening of schools
  • Posted by CrocDundee May 06, 2020 at 22:27

    Please open up the coastal waters for boating again. This can be done safely with appropriate care and distancing, and the rescue services are really only needed extremely infrequently, and even they can function safely. Boating helps the mental health of countless people, and will raise the quality of life for many.
  • Posted by Free May 06, 2020 at 22:27

    Keeping off licences open and not the outdoors seems immoral. It is easy to socially distance in the outdoors and has great benefits to mental and physical health. Travelling to get to outdoor activities please- we can do this responsibly
  • Posted by Lynnem41 May 06, 2020 at 22:27

    Allowing contact between 2 designated households so I can visit my elderly mother who lives alone. The risk would be minimal as she would only be in contact with direct family taking precautions but the boost to her mental and emotional health would be enormous.
  • Posted by CEH3 May 06, 2020 at 22:37

    Taking a revers perspective we have yet to fully understand what this new life is really like. Separatim from family is hard to come to terms with but perhaps moving forward the extened family will start to come to the fore again. Shop local, live local.
  • Posted by BarbaraAnnGrigor May 06, 2020 at 22:46

    Being able to support our children by being able to take care of our grandchildren again. Those of us without cars are keen to be able to use public transport again... not for holidays or even for food... just to get out of our very limited lockdown radius.
  • Posted by fishwhisperer May 06, 2020 at 22:58

    For those living in a flat without own private garden, being allowed out twice per day for exercise.
  • Posted by Perth_Cabby May 06, 2020 at 23:02

    Financial support so far has covered by bills and left a little over for the continuing expenses but not for long. The downturn in work availability will take a long time to reserve, I'm sure. The current grant of £2000 for my bracket has been very welcome but seems to be a one off at the moment. That is a huge concern
  • Posted by Kelsie May 06, 2020 at 23:04

    Having contact with my family even if it is with social distancing in the garden, as a first time mum to be due in a couple of weeks the thought of having no outside support from our family terrifies me and I don't know if I am strong enough to cope
  • Posted by emmasmith May 06, 2020 at 23:24

    Being able to visit close family even just to sit in the garden.
  • Posted by AnneS May 06, 2020 at 23:27

    Definitely the “bubble” idea so that families can meet up. Young children do not understand why they can’t see grandparents and grandparents are missing their grandchildren so much. It would greatly improve everyone’s wellbeing if this were allowed when all family members are symptom free. I have a 6 year old grandchild and a 90 year old father and cannot see either. Not good for any of our mental health.
  • Posted by SJM May 06, 2020 at 23:41

    As a single person living alone and currently working from home, the opportunity to meet with a small number of friends and to visit elderly parents just over an hour’s drive away would greatly improve mental wellbeing and quality of life. The risks associated with this are far less than returning to a large office with footfall of approx 3000 people and I would be very reluctant to return to this environment before being able to see close family and friends. Also the opportunity to exercise more than once a day and have a short sit down in a public park during these periods of exercise.
  • Posted by christinemarymcconnell May 07, 2020 at 00:11

    Family being able to visit to sit in the garden with us, so the children can see their grandparents, they are missing each other terribly.
  • Posted by TStrachan May 07, 2020 at 00:55

    To be able to take a drive to the beach or countryside for a day trip. Keeping to social distancing rules.
  • Posted by PerthshireForever May 07, 2020 at 01:34

    Allowing people to see their friends and family again in small groups and private environments - including those who live in different regions of Scotland and the United Kingdom. This does not mean the "bubble" idea some have previously suggested which is entirely unworkable and does nothing for people who live in shared flats and / or with parents who would be unable to see their own friends / significant others. One could place an initial limit of say, 5 people at any one time, on it and ask that they voluntarily respect social distancing guidelines, and lift these requirements as soon as it is viable to do so. This allows small groups of friends and families to meet relatively safely and improve their quality of life more than any "social bubble" idea ever could.
  • Posted by Djalaodbdld May 07, 2020 at 05:49

    Being able to see family would make a huge difference. Please introduce social bubbles in the same way that other countries are and even Guernsey without seeing an increase in infection. Especially where one of the households only has one person the risk is negligible.
  • Posted by Littld May 07, 2020 at 06:33

    Being able to drive to at least speak to my mother through her window at a safe distance. She lives 30 miles away. I would happily carry prof of residence and a signed form stating the purpose of the visit.
  • Posted by Mumsofboys May 07, 2020 at 07:16

    Being able to visit family or meet up in safe outdoor spaces.
  • Posted by Lee_bee May 07, 2020 at 07:48

    To be able to travel locally for exercise. I live near a big windfarm and really miss walking and running there.
  • Posted by aloneinthehills May 07, 2020 at 08:10

    Access to the hills and coastline for socially distanced exercise. Please 'open' the hills.
  • Posted by StaceyM91 May 07, 2020 at 08:18

    Increase to social interactions; small amounts- perhaps one or two households. Seeing my immediate family would ease issues for all of us.
  • Posted by LauraJones May 07, 2020 at 08:33

    Seeing my family who live in england. We havnt been able to see them since Christmas because Easter was cancelled.
  • Posted by Pennip May 07, 2020 at 09:03

    Being able to visit close family ( e.g grandchildren, parents, children) either in their own homes or at an outdoor venue where social distancing from other Family groups is possible.
  • Posted by Spud May 07, 2020 at 09:09

    Being allowed to see family and also close friends- even if only outside at first - in small groups. For example being allowed to go for a socially distanced walk with a friend. For some, emotional support from their friends is just as vital as family connections
  • Posted by DebbieD May 07, 2020 at 09:15

    Being able to see a small group of friends and family. Being able to go out more often within the local area. Have healthcare access, screening and provision returned to more normal levels. The reduction in pollution is a key message for future quality of life, less car/motorbike/air travel. Will live to back to exactly as it was or do we all have to adapt to new ways of living in the longer term?
  • Posted by Chardie May 07, 2020 at 09:20

    Being able to see close family or close friends for those who don't have family support should be the first easing of lockdown measure to be introduced. The majority of people would deal with this sensibly and it could easily be carried out while still practising social distancing rules. We love our family and friends and wouldn't want to risk spreading the virus to them. It's time the government gave us a bit of respect and had more confidence in the majority of the public's decision making.
  • Posted by mags14 May 07, 2020 at 10:04

    Seeing my close family and friends would improve my quality of life.
  • Posted by AA1234 May 07, 2020 at 10:20

    Being able to see my close family and close friends. This is extremely important to mental health if living alone. Need to remember that those living alone are worst off than anybody else as they see nobody 24/7 and for some people their main social contact may not be a family member.
  • Posted by Outdoorfamily May 07, 2020 at 10:24

    No. 1 thing for my family and I would be able to drive to the beach or mountains for a walk with the dog (who also misses proper walks in the countryside) and maybe a picnic lunch, somewhere far away from others. As part of that drive, it would greatly improve our quality of life if we could then head to the farm shop (40mins away) to collect 2 weeks worth of proper fresh, local fruit and veg etc as we always did, rather than the shipped and plastic wrapped stuff at my local store.
  • Posted by Jmh2501 May 07, 2020 at 10:28

    Being able to see family. My elderly parents and my brother's family live nearby (within a mile from my house). My nephew is only a few weeks old and we are missing seeing him. I think that the bubble idea is the first change that should happen.
  • Posted by LFinlayson May 07, 2020 at 10:35

    I really feel that by outlining a strict guideline for bubbling that people can follow and is enforceable will improve the mental health of many. By allowing 2 or 3 households to meet each other (and only each other, not 2 or 3 households per household etc) will help restore some normality. I appreciate Nicola Sturgeon herself can see how much her parents are struggling not seeing their grandchildren. I think not introducing a bubble method risks people breaking the rules themselves and therefore, take more risks in terms of spreading.
  • Posted by lastlullaby May 07, 2020 at 10:35

    Being able to drive out to country parks, beaches and other areas to have a change if scenery. I suffer from anxiety disorder and having spent weeks at home and in its area have severely impacted my health. I also work from home so it’s very difficult to properly relax and take my mind off work or enjoy “the weekend”. Being able to drive somewhere for a change of scenery with my husband and our dogs would be amazing. Allowing hairdressers/barbers and dog groomers to reopen, with maintaining social distancing and adhering to hygiene guidelines. Letting people see their families that live eg, in England.
  • Posted by WilfredLawrieNicholasJohnson May 07, 2020 at 10:57

    Allow travel to locations circa 10-15 miles from your home to exercise.
  • Posted by equestrianvote May 07, 2020 at 11:00

    Please allow livery yards to reopen so those of us who have horses can spend time with them - the risk in minimal as this is an outdoor activity which provides both mental and physical rewards for both horse and rider.
  • Posted by MPBinEd May 07, 2020 at 11:09

    Being able to meet up with family (outside but also for a meal indoors) would be great! We would also want to be able to drive longer distances from home for walks in the country (still maintaining social distancing of course). This will give us something then to do wiht out young children (3 under 4 years) while lockdown continues and is gradually eased over the coming months. We are all healthy, not had COVID, so if we can take them outdoors (accompanied by other family in a 'bubble' would be ideal), then we are more able to cope with an extended lockdown in other areas of our life...
  • Posted by costap May 07, 2020 at 11:13

    Being able to go back windsurfing is very important for me to stay fit and keep mental health.
  • Posted by blushan May 07, 2020 at 11:17

    To be able to see my partner, who lives in a different household ~15 minutes walk away. As someone with mental health issues, this has been by far the hardest thing with the lockdown.
  • Posted by LaurMc May 07, 2020 at 11:20

    Enforcement of the restrictions. It's really difficult to go about any kind of life when some are clearly flouting what restrictions are in place. Whatever lee-way is offered, please enforce it better. Shopping, exercising, dog walking, working is all stressful because others are trying to have their 'freedom' at the expense of others' health, lives, and livelihood.
  • Posted by dodo1956 May 07, 2020 at 11:30

    Seeing immediate family , outside, maintaining social distance for short period of time - this is less risky than going to supermarket - and much better than cruel idea of bubbles which would exclude some family members in a wider family unit
  • Posted by annetrant May 07, 2020 at 11:49

    Small group walks (socially distanced of course) with no car sharing to arrive at the start of the walk. In other words, a less constrained exercise regime, primarily in outdoor spaces.
  • Posted by ennovy May 07, 2020 at 12:34

    being able to travel for work and shopping on my usual bus at my usual time. I currently have to walk 1.5h across moorland tracks to catch a bus in the next village as my service was Covid 'deleted'. If this was winter, I would not be able to work.
  • Posted by John1911 May 07, 2020 at 12:40

    Being able to give up worrying whether the police will visit today because some malicious person has made more than one call to report what they presumed was rule breaking. I'm very stressed!
  • Posted by Hamsterpus May 07, 2020 at 12:52

    Being outdoors.
  • Posted by TGreen0308 May 07, 2020 at 13:07

    Having access to childcare for our toddler. Both of us are still working and the toll this situation is taking on our mental health is severe. Just reading that lockdown has been extended in Scotland and makes me wonder if Ms Sturgeon has any idea of how much damage this is doing to not only the economy, but also families. Does Ms Surgeon have experience of looking after young children with no outside help and still trying to work full time??
  • Posted by JSH1 May 07, 2020 at 13:25

    I agree with the person who would like to have access to the hills. I think a system where we preregistered trips using e,g, number plate, driving licence route plans and destinations is the only reasonable way to do this, even if it has a clear cost. The establishment of a register which can be checked by local authorities as well as police is the best way to do this. Even if the virus 'disappears the system required would be available for any future similar situations. By using the postcode on vehicle registrations or driving licences ( or both) and allowing registration of passengers adequate control can be kept. These types of control ( and hotel registration) are normal in Europe - often a legacy of wartime systems. they may go against the grain but the reverse - active hostility by some in rural communities and active encouragement by others ( tourist businesses) is more divisive. gien we could be talking about several years
  • Posted by eve3981 May 07, 2020 at 13:46

    Enabling people to travel within their local County area for fresh air & exercise whilst maintaining social distancing rules.
  • Posted by Goldfish May 07, 2020 at 14:01

    Allowing small 'bubbles' of family/friends, outdoors, whilst socially distancing. People would need to be permitted to travel/drive a specified or 'reasonable' distance to meet their 'bubble' unit.
  • Posted by traineecrofter May 07, 2020 at 14:48

    Making a commitment that travel for work, at least in the public sector, would no longer be expected as 'the norm' even if non-essential travel restrictions are lifted!
  • Posted by randomchaos May 07, 2020 at 15:02

    Please do us all a favour and stop calling this situation "the new normal". There is nothing normal about this situation. I refuse to accept it or call it normal. Normal is going on with your life, spending time with family and friends, going to work, dining at restaurants, going to church, etc.
  • Posted by KirstyRitchie May 07, 2020 at 15:13

    I haven't heard any mention of weddings during discussions on removing restrictions. I really feel for those that have already had to postpone their weddings. Although the health of the Scottish people is the most important thing, not being able to celebrate life events,that you have been planning for a long time is very upsetting. My fiance and I have our wedding booked for November this year. We are operating on the assumption it will go ahead and planning everything virtually as there is nothing else we can do until we have clarity. The longer the restrictions are in place the more anxious we are getting to whether we can go ahead and if we would need to have social distancing in place - how would that be possible at a wedding? It would be good to get some clarity on this. I know there will be many other couples in the same boat as us.
  • Posted by KirstyRitchie May 07, 2020 at 15:24

    I also wanted to add that it would be good to be able to see close family, we are really struggling without seeing them. And nonessential shops to reopen and support on what smaller businesses that can't always observe social distancing can do. I haven't been able to go wedding dress shopping since the bridal shops are closed which has been stressful.
  • Posted by DW19871 May 07, 2020 at 15:31

    Being allowed to see partner/immediate family. I live alone, and the current circumstance is incredibly difficult to cope with without support from loved ones. However a very important point I feel may be overlooked with the "within local distance" caveat is that my partner and I live 35 miles from one another. I'm concerned any lifting of restrictions to just those "within the local area" will not allow for us to see one another for who knows how long, the uncertainty of which is having a huge impact on us. We both live alone, so despite the distance, the risk is minimal.
  • Posted by Kamcinl May 07, 2020 at 15:48

    Being able to see family. My elderly mother is blind but otherwise fit and healthy. She needs to see family again but we all live a distance away. Our children live in England and abroad. If England has different rules this will be difficult for us. Holland has an intelligent lockdown. A good idea now.
  • Posted by JingsCrivens May 07, 2020 at 15:49

    Being able to go out in the car for a short drive locally. Ideally being able to park in a quiet spot by the sea or in a forest and walk, so long as there is no-one else about
  • Posted by markymalarky May 07, 2020 at 16:03

    small social bubbles perhaps under restricted place and time/duration conditions would seem tolerable and sensible , and would perhaps fit alongside increased outdoor time...eg it would allow the very popular park runs, small social gatherings for a group walk , outdoor clubs could function in some cases perhaps , group cycles, etc
  • Posted by Alasdrum May 07, 2020 at 16:17

    I would really like to be allowed to do whatever I want without taking a significant risk of either catching or passing on the virus. I am relatively old and value each week I have left. Should older people not be allowed to choose to take risks with their own lives? While there was some real risk of the NHS being overwhelmed I could just about accept lockdown. That is clearly not an issue now so PLEASE give us our freedom back.
  • Posted by AnnLang1 May 07, 2020 at 16:18

    Seeing my family and also been able to travel to exercise but not too far away
  • Posted by BrendaRae May 07, 2020 at 16:30

    Being with family. Our family ranges from 91 years of age to 15 months and both ends of the family are struggling with the lack of contact. My mother-in-law has lost contact with her support group and also with almost all family members as we have tried to shield her but this, in turn, appears to have had a detrimental effect as she suffers from dementia. The wee ones are missing cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents on both sides of their family and video calls are no longer satisfying their need to be with wider family.
  • Posted by Cam60 May 07, 2020 at 17:43

    The question set asks “What one change to the current restrictions would have the most positive impact on your life?” My response is that the Scottish and UK government need to produce a plan that clearly states for each restriction what the “R” value needs to be to remove it and for each restriction what the “R” value increase or decrease is expected after the restriction is removed or not removed. This will then allow the public to understand the impact of each restriction. The public can then respond to the Scottish and UK government with the order of restriction removal they desire whilst understanding the impact. I would then feel I have had some direct input into the decision making process as would the wider population. This would result in the widespread support of the plan and a feeling of achievement as each milestone of the plan is successful.
  • Posted by alisond May 07, 2020 at 18:21

    What would make the biggest difference to me personally (and more importantly, what I think would best serve the common good) is the restoration of liberty and the removal of enforceable restrictions against ordinary personal, social, religious and community activity. For good or ill, and undoubtedly with the very best of intentions, the response to this virus has been a restrictive compulsory lockdown. I think the next phase of governmental response, similar to what we see being implemented in Sweden, should be based on the provision of guidance about what behaviours are risky, information about risks to individual and public health, and support for people to make choices which keep themselves and others safe (bearing in mind that the risks to some is greater than the risks to others, and that individuals even within high risk groups might reasonably have different views about how much risk they as individuals are willing to tolerate). The current level of restriction and interference with fundamental rights, both in terms of the nature and duration of the interference, is unprecedented in a democracy in modern times (even during the Spanish flu pandemic). The model of lockdown is derived from China, not a beacon for its respect for liberal democratic values or its human rights record. Given what we see from the available studies about the death rate from Covid 19, (it is not, unlike MERS or the Black Death, an illness which by its nature poses anything like an existential or fundamental threat to society), an indefinite curtailment of fundamental freedoms isn’t justified. Protecting life is important but it doesn’t mean that the exercise of every other freedom necessary for human flourishing can justly be indefinitely suspended in the interests of preventing loss of life from Covid 19 (I note that initially, pressure on the health service was the chief justification for a lockdown, but as it progresses, we're hearing more and more about suppression until a vaccine is available, which seems like a somewhat different policy aim). If such restrictions go on beyond this immediate lockdown period without an obvious end date in sight, it will become less and less proportionate, especially when other options (such as enhancement of NHS capacity) exist to prevent collapse of the health system. There’s a high risk of lasting damage to our whole way of life if, for months or potentially years on end, we normalise a state where every activity outside the home is subject to enforceable control and where, instead of, as free and rational persons, reflecting on the prudence or otherwise of particular actions in the circumstances of the personal and public health risks and making good choices, we think to ourselves, “Am I allowed to….? Is she allowed to….? Should I be allowed to….., in which case I shall ask the Government to allow me?” I appreciate that such an approach might raise the rate of transmission, compared to restrictive measures. But, frankly, avoidance of death is not an absolute good whatever some newspapers and broadcasters may say, and the elevation of the avoidance of this disease above every other good is not a sustainable or rational principle for the functioning of society.
  • Posted by Movingforward May 07, 2020 at 18:50

    We must end the lockdown now for children, young people and healthy adults and shield vulnerable people. That’s the one thing I want to see now. 3/4 of deaths are in people who are over 75. Our economy, other societal issues eg increase in domestic violence and the adverse effects on other health conditions are now outweighing the benefits of this lockdown . I think keeping our children and young people in this lockdown is now , when most are not adversely affected is no longer democratic.
  • Posted by SandyJ May 07, 2020 at 19:09

    Quality of life will improve significantly when the lockdown is relaxed. However to relax it too early will increase the death rate. Its a fine balance which should err on the side of reducing the death rate. People over 75 are just as important as anyone else. Children and young people will benefit in the long term. The hardest part of a night shift is always the last few hours. It will be the same for this lockdown.
  • Posted by NH May 07, 2020 at 19:29

    Being able to visit family (preferably outside of house so less risk of spreading infection).
  • Posted by rosie9 May 07, 2020 at 19:46

    1 thing - being able to see my partner who lives 80 miles away, we normally spend half the week together, you have taken away our support
  • Posted by Jacjam May 07, 2020 at 20:04

    Need to be able to see close family outside in a garden soon. Very upsetting not to see them yet meet strangers in the supermarket
  • Posted by VREMB May 07, 2020 at 20:29

    Being able to get shopping delivered, even with sheilding my mum we can't get deliveries...
  • Posted by scotjs May 07, 2020 at 20:36

    Even just one fortnightly, or even just one monthly, big, permitted, family gathering for dinner. (4 small households + 2 who live alone) Just 1 a month would be great. For me, this would make me consider the lockdown able to be tolerated forever.
  • Posted by Eilidhcassells May 07, 2020 at 20:49

    If I was able to visit and have opportunities to stay with my partner that would improve my quality of life. It would greatly benefit my mental health and overall well-being.
  • Posted by HazelAnne May 07, 2020 at 21:01

    Childcare support, allowed my child to go back to his childminder (who has closed but wants to reopen) or childcare from low risk family members. I cannot wait 3 more weeks.
  • Posted by jsbrown May 07, 2020 at 23:12

    Let those that can work safely do so. Protect those shielding fully and well and let others return to work in a socially acceptable way.
  • Posted by Stewart20 May 07, 2020 at 23:30

    To meet with family and friends. I have been isolated for the past six weeks and this has had a very negative impact on my mental health.
  • Posted by Any1 May 08, 2020 at 02:25

    What does it say about our priorities as a society if businesses open and the majority of people are allowed to resume some activities, yet we insist that older people must stay home and not interact with anyone? The effect on their mental health will be profound. Regardless of the risks, they must be allowed some additional flexibility. Perhaps even a designated outdoor exercise time as in (I think) Italy, would help cut the feeling of being discarded or forgotten
  • Posted by CBunch May 08, 2020 at 04:33

    What one change to the current restrictions would have the most positive impact on your life? ........ Being able to unite The Family Unit safely to build/create safe Emotional Family Units and allow Social Bubble to be implemented. Currently for example, both my daughters are living in solitary households. Our family is currently spread over three regions of Scotland. While I understand the importance of maintaining social distancing and locked-down households; Emotional well-being and physical-being is becoming a critical factor of my Concerns and Anxieties. I would like the opportunity in situations like these for two solitary households to combine; either on fixed term/occasional basis to provide Emotional and Physical support to one and other. With the occasional social distancing opportunities for myself and husband, living in different regions to meet family and see our daughters. Neither isolated parties have had any physical contact since Early March (in my case) and while media and technology can help some aspects of mental support and well-being the sense of self requires Physical and Emotional needs to be met. A hug and companionship is, in my opinion, the most fundamental in reducing anxiety, improving health and maintaining social coherence to regulations. At present there are still too many unable to do this. I struggle knowing my daughters don’t have each other at this time nor the options to safely meet each other or return home. One student and one working full-time remotely from home. Let them have the opportunity of Emotional/Physical Unity.
  • Posted by Ideas81 May 08, 2020 at 07:38

    Being able to see close family who aren’t in my household. Even if I can only see them outdoors. This would be a massive boost and would make it so much easier to live with the other restrictions
  • Posted by LWats0n May 08, 2020 at 07:52

    Allow families where both parents are still working but only 1 is a key worker to access childcare. Whether that is the reopening of schools or a continued use of hubs or allowing private nurseries to re-admit their existing pre school clients, either way it will help prevent job losses for people who have no childcare available.
  • Posted by CarBur May 08, 2020 at 08:03

    I live alone and work from home and its hard with the isolation of it all even with social media. I love the bubble idea so for me, if I could see my partner and perhaps 1 other friend and get out more than once a day for exercise, that would make such a difference. I am not worried about shops, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers etc, its not high on my priority list. Seeing loved ones are.
  • Posted by owenc00 May 08, 2020 at 08:11

    Allow us out of our houses whenever we wish, provided we follow current social distancing rules. Being out of the house isn't dangerous in itself, it's the actions taken while outside that are the danger.
  • Posted by MrsShort May 08, 2020 at 08:54

    Two households being allowed to meet, at a distance, outside. But only 2. At a distance. Outside.
  • Posted by Fedup2 May 08, 2020 at 09:00

    Allow the bowling greens to open up and have a rota system in place to play. This can easily be done with singles and pairs and still be socially distanced. Fresh air and exercise also interaction at a distance.
  • Posted by BOsborne May 08, 2020 at 09:01

    Having some sort of guarantee of continuing to be able to work from home after lockdown. Like so many others I have chronic illness which makes daily travel to/from work exhausting and detrimental to my wellbeing. We have seen that extensive home working is possible for many roles with great benefits to the environment and few drawbacks for corporations. The only thing stopping us before was workplace culture. Please can we all seize this one silver lining - it would benefit so many.
  • Posted by DRW May 08, 2020 at 09:09

    Revert back to social distance rule - and resume life safely, increase the fine value for those that dont follow.
  • Posted by Pollygone May 08, 2020 at 09:16

    Restart construction. England and Wales did not ban construction and many firms are showing this can be done safely. New houses need to be completed (my situation), people are waiting for major repairs after flooding, unsafe cladding needs to be removed, half built extensions and renovations are causing hardship to families. Scotland has a housing crisis.
  • Posted by Bigshiny May 08, 2020 at 09:23

    A return to being able to use our outdoor spaces for recreation- especially the mountains in the highlands where social distancing measures can be observed
  • Posted by LaineyMac May 08, 2020 at 09:33

    Social bubbles would be of great benefit to all. Also some activities that allow social distancing naturally such as skate parks, golf or bowls as mentioned above would be a gentle start to easing lockdown. Opening playparks would be beneficial for children and if they were back at school (after being tested?) then this would minimise risk. NHS mental health services were already at capacity, the long term effects on everyone should be considered and in this respect, the new normal should consider how we address community and inequality.
  • Posted by misskarengordon May 08, 2020 at 09:51

    I live separately to my partner and being able to see him for a couple of days a week would greatly improve my quality of life. I live on my own and he lives on his own, he has been furloughed and i'm working from home so the risk would be very minimal. Perhaps allowing small social bubbles, similar to NZ approach?
  • Posted by SC2020 May 08, 2020 at 10:04

    Allow people to choose say 4 friends who they can go walks with rather than enter other peoples houses. This is having a massive effect on peoples mental health not being able to see others. You have to trust that people will respect this sort of thing.
  • Posted by Johnh May 08, 2020 at 10:24

    1. Allowing driving for exercise and allowing hiking as exercise as long as they maintain social distancing. 2. Allowing people without gardens to relax in parks (and eat there) as long as they maintain social distancing.
  • Posted by Isikaya May 08, 2020 at 10:30

    Nurseries and/or childminders opening again. My husband and I are both working from home full time with a 1 year old and a 2 year old and it is absolutely exhausting. We have been with the children and working without any breaks of relief for the last 8 weeks and the quality of our life would be improved immensely by having the kids away at least 1 or 2 days a week.
  • Posted by anniemckain May 08, 2020 at 10:44

    Allowing people to travel to visit family as my son and daughter in law in Glasgow and being able to see them would greatly improve my mental health. I live alone like many and this would be the one thing that would make me feel connected again.
  • Posted by MAM May 08, 2020 at 11:37

    Being able to drive even a short distance to be able to go for a quiet country walk in woodland or hills. The chances of catching the virus outside are very small and this should be recognised,
  • Posted by ChristinaC May 08, 2020 at 11:51

    Access to any form of childcare. I would say see family at a safe social distance or driving, but the reality is I am doing this anyway as are others, and I feel it's a given that more people will do this out of desperation whether or not it is formalised.
  • Posted by JohntheHedge May 08, 2020 at 12:30

    As a person living alone - I would like to be able to see even one other person. Allowing single households to 'buddy up' with another household would massively improve their mental wellbeing and allow us to continue in the lockdown more easily for a longer period of time.
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  • Posted by Dave_H May 08, 2020 at 13:17

    The one change that would help people endure the lockdown longer, would be to allow many more forms of outdoor sport or exercise like sailing, golf, tennis, hill walking, cycling etc. These are all low contact low risk outdoor activities that would give us all much more to do rather than just one local walk each day. And since these are all outdoor activitiesthey pose no more risk that our present daily walk. Allowing this would send a message to most people that the rules are starting to change and make all of us in lockdown respect the things that remain banned.
  • Posted by MSW68 May 08, 2020 at 13:20

    Allowing you to visit at least one other household to meet family or friends. I would be concerned that if the Government did not allow this bare minimum of social contact then a lot of people would do it anyway, especially as during the past few days the public has been teased with the possibility that some restrictions will begin to be lifted from Monday 11 May. Please give us one thing to be cheerful about.
  • Posted by elisemiller May 08, 2020 at 13:21

    Having phyiscal contact with boyfriends/girlfriends we are separated from
  • Posted by FM79 May 08, 2020 at 13:33

    Allow house moves to proceed
  • Posted by JudyL May 08, 2020 at 13:37

    Being able to visit or see friends and family.
  • Posted by JBAKER May 08, 2020 at 14:34

    To be able to go for a short drive to see some different scenery. I’m luck that I have a garden I can sit in but just for a change it would be good to be able to go for a drive in the car to see something different.
  • Posted by mariekilmarnock May 08, 2020 at 14:41

    The one thing that would make the biggest difference to everyone would be to meet up with close family and friends outside, in the garden or going for a walk, strictly observing social distancing. It's not necessary to reopen sports venues at present.
  • Posted by Shazza646 May 08, 2020 at 14:41

    At the daily briefings show the age and co-morbidities of those that have died instead of terrifying the life out of everyone
  • Posted by wildone May 08, 2020 at 14:43

    My one thing would be to a have a system educating people about the heightened sensitivity of remote communities where outbreaks would cause much more severe devastation - I am shocked at the selfishness of many of the comments posted by people desperate to be allowed to travel to remote areas for hillwalking, visiting second homes etc. The communities in these wild areas are extremely fragile so it seems that they will require Government guidelines to be clear so as to avoid what appears will be a tidal wave of people heading there at the first opportunity. Similarly I would urge that if boating activities are allowed that the Government ensure that marinas remain closed to visiting boats so that leisure activity does not become a smokescreen which people use to travel from place to place.
  • Posted by virus May 08, 2020 at 14:45

    To be able to drive a short distance from home to access countryside and walk maintaining social distancing.
  • Posted by Chimp May 08, 2020 at 15:30

    Resumption of outdoor activities where risk of Covid transmission is very obviously small, such as fishing, golf, boating, diving etc. This would boost physical and mental well-being immensely and make it more likely people will continue to adhere to guidance on activities that are at much higher risk of Covid transmission. Let's make sure the cure isn't worse than the disease. People can only take so much.
  • Posted by ESutton17 May 08, 2020 at 16:09

    To be able to meet up with my close family members, outside at a safe social distance. This would have the great positive impact on all of our mental health at the moment.
  • Posted by JackieH May 08, 2020 at 16:17

    The one thing to make the biggest difference is allowing close family to see each other again even if in the garden or going for a walk. People would be sensible with this having to choose who you can see would be a very difficult decision to make, close family and close friends would make everything much easier for all.
  • Posted by Macdui45 May 08, 2020 at 16:26

    As someone who lives alone, being able to meet in person with just one other household would be amazing!
  • Posted by anuvet May 08, 2020 at 16:46

    For me, it would be to take my sea kayak out, walk up a hill, or go for a overnight wild bivvi. I appreciate these are trivial aspirations compared to the very real needs being expressed by others, but equally with care, such change in the rules are entirely possible to grant quickly, communicate clearly, and undertake safely and without risk to increasing R0.
  • Posted by EDA370 May 08, 2020 at 17:04

    Being able to visit loved ones safely
  • Posted by Stevendufc May 08, 2020 at 17:23

    The schools going back
  • Posted by Megashoppersjs May 08, 2020 at 17:42

    Allow grandparents to see their grandchildren.
  • Posted by Ss770640 May 08, 2020 at 17:43

    Open the pubs
  • Posted by tjma1264 May 08, 2020 at 18:35

    Outdoor activities
  • Posted by aileenr May 08, 2020 at 19:25

    Being able to see close family would have a massive impact on my mental health and allow me, as a mum, to support them and my grandchildren too
  • Posted by alexmcculloch May 08, 2020 at 19:25

    To be able to meet up outside, keeping 2m safe distance, with a maximum of 4 people outwith our household. To enjoy walks, conversation and socially distant picnicing
  • Posted by MairiR May 08, 2020 at 20:09

    Being able to see family members who live separately would make the biggest difference. Being geographically separated from elderly parents has been the hardest aspect and I am sorry for what they have lost - time, which we cannot give back once it is gone. Every week counts.
  • Posted by WBRnotes May 08, 2020 at 20:12

    Being able to meet close friends and family safely, initially outside - perhaps sitting in parks etc together while observing safe social distancing. In reality, I think many are already doing this (and more!), though happily I think most are not.
  • Posted by DaveMac May 08, 2020 at 20:49

    Being able to play golf.
  • Posted by TiMoMac May 08, 2020 at 20:57

    Let the children play, especially outside. Let families visit each other. Stories of grandparents not seeing newborn babies is just beyond reason. We should be doing everything possible to give those babies contact with their close family.
  • Posted by lmg1612 May 08, 2020 at 21:24

    1. Allow people to travel further to exercise. If social distancing can be maintained there is no harmI'm sick of falling over joggers, cyclists and kids on scooters. Haven't been in local woods for weeks as it's like a creche with kids running mad. 2. Continue shielding where necessary. 3. Stop discrimination against over 70s 4. Not allowing any contact with family or friends is cruel and draconian 5. Allow small business owners to reopen
  • Posted by marsdavs May 08, 2020 at 21:33

    I would like to be able to resume solo hillwalking, avoiding car-parks, popular hills and people generally. I am missing the solitude of the great outdoors.
  • Posted by DmcW May 08, 2020 at 22:07

    Being able to see immediate family out with the household, keeping social distance, in a garden or for a walk. It would be lovely to be able to drive a few miles to go a walk along a beach or hill where you can safely keep distance. This would improve lots of emotional upset and improve people’s well being and make lockdown easier. I see my local grocery shop more risky than being with people who respect my well being and won’t lean over me or ignore social distancing.
  • Posted by moragplace May 08, 2020 at 22:58

    Being able to exercise more than once a day outdoors. I would love to be able to take the kids out and also go out alone. Walking with kids in tow does not provide much exercise!
  • Posted by LRachMac May 08, 2020 at 23:22

    Enable some elements of social interaction for Alzheimers sufferers - would be of benefit to both themselves and their carers, especially unpaid family.
  • Posted by Carolscat May 08, 2020 at 23:37

    Seeing my family
  • Posted by Dorothy May 09, 2020 at 00:32

    Allow families in to meet in their homes.I want to hug my family again and be able to travel to see them
  • Posted by dtmfom May 09, 2020 at 01:51

    Being able to see immediate family and partners who live separately should be number one priority. Less risky than a trip to the supermarket or DIY store!
  • Posted by colmh May 09, 2020 at 08:45

    Being able to see family. I’ve got little kids. They’ve not seen their grandparents in months now. I fully accept the rationale. But it’s also just terribly sad.
  • Posted by Gizasmum May 09, 2020 at 08:55

    It would greatly increase my quality of life to see my Mum & sister (who live together). I just want see them in the flesh and judge for myself that they're OK.
  • Posted by Henderson May 09, 2020 at 11:19

    Being able to see family and close friends. Rolling out a reliable antibody test as soon as possible to measure the amount of the population who have already had this. What happens at the end of the 12 week period for shielding? Does this section of the community really have to wait for a vaccine? These questions have to be answered for many grandparents to see their grandchildren.
  • Posted by doriordan480 May 09, 2020 at 11:40

    Being able to meet with 2/3 friends or family members(out with the household) outside maintaining social distancing
  • Posted by GordonM May 09, 2020 at 12:02

    End the lockdown impact on workers is the most important - most employers and staff are able to manage the issue of the virus sensibly and there is already a general Health and safety requirement on all employers and employees. Key mitigation is for those most at risk to be identified and protected with help from the government (care home residents and significant underlying health issues) and let the other 95% of Scotland manage themselves
  • Posted by XR May 09, 2020 at 12:08

    One change that would have the most positive impact on my life would be the end of the lockdown, the Scottish government should trust their citizens and look for other options in order to control the virus. They should contact the Swedish government and ask for help and guidances.
  • Posted by Stephen666 May 09, 2020 at 12:55

    I would not like my children to give up their social distancing from me, to protect me, give me Covid-19 and live with the regret. The fact that bleach bottles require a large "DO NOT DRINK!" label for parts of the general public, and that the leader of the free world advocates injecting disinfectant, means that social distancing etc, will have to be by general acceptance of regulation. What I would like to see most is UBI, which might remove some of the financial worries of the most vulnerable, and enable a more flexible approach by the workforce of Scotland as we leave lockdown as it currently is.
  • Posted by Pegger May 09, 2020 at 13:22

    For me, being allowed to see my partner (who lives 1.5 hour drive away) would be the one biggest gain. I guess for a lot of other people, it would also be to see a partner or close family. But please don't forget singles who have no family nearby: they are perhaps the most isolated already, and shouldn't be excluded from seeing close friends if others are allowed to see close family.
  • Posted by CathyO May 09, 2020 at 13:37

    To be able to meet in a responsible socially distanced way with friends and family, outside. Key is to be treated as an adult and be allowed to make your own risk assessment of your behaviour.
  • Posted by Heron May 09, 2020 at 14:39

    Allow us to drive for up to 30 mins to exercise somewhere quiet but different. To lift the spirits.
  • Posted by Maggiebaillie May 09, 2020 at 14:54

    Being able to go out for exercise more than once a day while still retaining physical distance measures.
  • Posted by MARshd May 09, 2020 at 14:58

    An enlightened Paper has recently been published on "Segmentation and Shielding" by a group of notable authors. This Paper presents a change in perspective wrt how the Lockdown impacts on the most vulnerable people in our society and suggests how to improve the quality of life for those not in this category by releasing them from the most stringent aspects of the Lockdown; thereby enabling them to start to lead a more normal way of life. Has the Scottish Government reviewed this Paper and, if so, what is their view on this potential change in strategy to exiting the Lockdown?
  • Posted by ThomasM May 09, 2020 at 15:09

    Being able to see small groups of family and friends without the need to socially distance (you treat them as though they are part of your household with good hand washing etc being followed). This should be permitted indoors or outdoors but limited to 2 or 3 households max. Clear advice needs to be given regarding vulnerable groups and I know there is a fairness argument but, for example, I would be more able to provide support for vulnerable family members if non-vulnerable family or friends were able to visit.
  • Posted by Ruraltownie May 09, 2020 at 15:27

    Being able to meet outside with friends, family and colleagues. We actually need a plan like Ireland and need to start moving forward .
  • Posted by waxwing May 09, 2020 at 15:47

    Allow small groups to meet outdoors
  • Posted by Sandsmill May 09, 2020 at 15:58

    Allow people to travel by car to beaches and other areas within your region to walk, exercise and enjoy the outdoors, whilst social distancing in your family group.
  • Posted by Rachel_T1502 May 09, 2020 at 16:13

    To be able to meet up with even one close friend whilst social distancing in an outdoor setting would make a huge difference. To be able to drive short distances to excercise in a quiet, peaceful place away from other people for the positive mental health benefits
  • Posted by Lanaiya May 09, 2020 at 16:24

    Being able to meet up with close friends or family in an outdoor setting whilst maintaining social distancing. This would have a huge impact on mental wellbeing of my family
  • Posted by lmg1612 May 09, 2020 at 16:36

    For many there is no quality of life. Abuse at home, cancelled hospital appointments, a growing mental health crisis, financial fears, debt. Personally, living alone, bad housing, self employed, down to a tenner in the bank. Yeah Lockdown is a joy. By no means am I taking away from the fact people have lost their lives. But we can't go on like this. For those not shielding and are other wise fit and healthy let them have their lives back. With social distancing in place, obviously
  • Posted by KJB May 09, 2020 at 16:55

    I think opening up the bubble idea of being able to meet a few friends outdoors would have a huge positive impact on the wellbeing of all but especially our kids/teenagers. If they were obviously abusing the bubble rules then they should be warned or fined.
  • Posted by Ideas81 May 09, 2020 at 17:48

    Bring able to see close family who don’t live in household would make huge difference and would make it easier to live with other restrictions for a longer period of time. This should include allowing travel within Scotland for those who don’t live close to family
  • Posted by MelS May 09, 2020 at 18:06

    Being allowed to ride my motorcycle would have the most positive impact on my life. Motorcycling is my main hobby and not being able to go out on motorbike rides for the past 6 weeks is starting to affect my mental health quite badly, especially as the winter was so wet and windy and the weather since the lockdown has been so nice. Allowing motorcycling and doing it responsibly (riding with care, maintaining social distancing at all times, not stopping at popular places or meeting friends) would have more far more benefits than risks.
  • Posted by lizacole May 09, 2020 at 18:13

    Being able to drive a short distance from home eg 20 miles, in order to take daily exercise.
  • Posted by Christina May 09, 2020 at 18:26

    Being allowed a small social bubble because I live alone. To be allowed to sit alone on a bench or the grass without the fear of police telling me to go home which makes me cry. (They should focus on groups and not people sitting alone a long distance from others.) Being allowed to walk on a beach and breathe the air. Having access to charity shops and DIY shops to keep me motivated with my hobbies.
  • Posted by lightpanther May 09, 2020 at 19:50

    The ability to travel much further to remote places, without interaction. It makes no practical difference to infection spread whether I am out in nature 3 miles from home or 150 miles from home, IF I govern myself not to interact with people. An advisory can be added to always carry enough spare petrol in an external can, such that you can get back to local area. That way, interactions other than local can still be kept to pretty much zero if social distancing is (voluntarily) enacted at the remote location. And all of this is better than trying to go for a walk in my local town, where I will come closer to more people in the space of 10 minutes than I would in a 300 mile drive to a remote location in Scotland.
  • Posted by Movingforward May 09, 2020 at 20:07

    We should be able to see our family or partners or close friends ; observing all the safe practice and travelling to see them if needed. We cannot live without seeing people who matter a lot to us until an effective vaccine is found and what if there is no vaccine found ? That’s possible. All the evidence is that most people, particularly those under the age of 75 will not be particularly vulnerable to the potentially dreadful effects of the virus. I do understand that there will be a very small proportion of younger people affected, who mainly have underlying health conditions. I am not trying to be dismissive of any of the issues but I do believe that we need to do our best now to get the country moving forward and allow most of the population who are not particularly vulnerable to this virus to engage with their lives again. The indirect costs of the lockdown are very high ; including other health issues and societal issues including eg the effects on 2million vulnerable children who can’t be monitored if they are not in school. The economy also and the effects on people’s livelihoods. The country can’t continue another 3 month massive bailout ; if people can’t find ways to restart their businesses and get back to work how will they survive ? This is causing huge worry and stress to those in that situation.
  • Posted by markhouston May 09, 2020 at 20:41

    Agree with many of the comments here. Travelling further afield, particularly to exercise, would make a massive difference and make lockdown much more bearable. It would also make little to no difference in terms of spreading the virus. Yes there would be a large number of people going to walk in the hills - but if I go outside my house right now I'm practically in a queue, so it can't be any worse.
  • Posted by Opportunity May 09, 2020 at 21:07

    It would greatly increase my quality of life if 'invasion' into the private spere with the risk of spreading an infectious disease to others people (we are a shielding household) was prevented and violations would be fined, particularly if the Scottish Outdoor Access Code was suspended until we have a vaccine. Despite being shielding, we are also farming. It is not desirable to have people come near you, touching gates, touching livestock and pets (some species appear to be susceptible as laboratory experiments have signalled), potentially using farmland as an outdoor toilet etc. because we do know that the virus has been documented in faeces but we do not yet know how long it can persist there or in the environment (to my knowledge waste water studies are about to begin). There are enough roads and paths to exercise, it does not have to be on farmland. No farmer would ever consider to walk into people's private gardens, picnic there, stroke the dog and relieve themselves on the lawn... or risk transmitting a dangerous disease to fodder or food supplies or the general public.
  • Posted by wnobrien May 09, 2020 at 21:16

    Make testing available to EVERYONE and Lift the lockdown to allow people to meet with family.
  • Posted by AlJones May 09, 2020 at 22:04

    Lifting the lockdown would be the one change that would return quality of life. People are, by and large, responsible for their own actions. It is not the job of government to make a crime of normal, everyday behaviour. It is demoralising. It demonstrates a lack of trust, and is a pattern of government behaviour that is leading us down a path of ‘nanny state’ and a decline in willingness for people to take responsibility for themselves.
  • Posted by HelenMM May 09, 2020 at 22:08

    Seeing friends and family would be great but bares little impact on my life if my job will be gone! I do not want to go on benefits. Like others who have posted here, I fear for my job in the hospitality industry, being on the 80% furlough at the moment. I would like to see more Government support to small businesses, not loans, actual support. When you keep the small businesses going you also keep me in employment. The initial grants will not help restaurants through the next months when they are still closed nor through the autumn-winter months!
  • Posted by LynH May 09, 2020 at 22:10

    Being able to see my granddaughters would make a huge difference for me. I am really desperately missing them, so is my husband. My daughter is a teacher and is toiling with the huge workload from home, while looking after her 1 year old 24/7. If we could take my granddaughter some of the time it would be a joy for us and would relieve some of the stress from my daughter - I am worried that she is not coping with the pressure and stress.
  • Posted by Jfmack May 10, 2020 at 08:17

    Household visits should be allowed very soon, that is before the end of May. As a grandparent Who lives alone, but is not over 70 I want and need to see my family, that just happens to live in a different household. I should be able to make my own decision on this, it shouldn’t be a Police matter.
  • Posted by Dmkeith61 May 10, 2020 at 09:08

    Spend time with family within their households. We can be trusted to make decisions between us and monitor each other’s health to know when and if it is safe to visit each other. Elderly parents and relatives along with grandchildren would benefit greatly from this. As human beings we need physical contact and comfort.
  • Posted by JulieColl May 10, 2020 at 09:26

    Allow testing for anyone who requests it, then we can start to enjoy life with friends and family again
  • Posted by Elkie May 10, 2020 at 09:37

    Not trying to go back to things like they were before. It is not possible, anyway. Use this tragedy as an opportunity to build something better. Humanity has its flaws, but it also has the capacity to evolve. We have a chance to do better than the dinosaurs. It is daunting, but it can be done, if we all work together. Scotland has a chance to become a world leader.
  • Posted by Elkie May 10, 2020 at 10:08

    Oops, English is not my first language, but still, I shouldn’t write humanity, when I do mean mankind.
  • Posted by Alimac2020 May 10, 2020 at 10:34

    We are in a situation of trying to manage mental health issues which I know would be eased if able to see family/a few close friends - while still observing the distancing rules. I can’t see the difference with this, and queueing 2m apart for a supermarket/ pharmacy, only for people to get too close once inside, or passing people at 2m while on daily exercise, and even stopping to chat if you pass someone you know, again still observing distancing rules
  • Posted by fja1980 May 10, 2020 at 12:00

    Being able to meet friends and family even if only outdoor to start with and being able to actually play at the park or go to beach
  • Posted by sebastian765 May 10, 2020 at 12:15

    To be able to see my partner who lives in England and I have now been separated from for twelve weeks. Many people will be in the situation where they have family and partners not living an immediate distance from them. My mental health would be improved greatly if I could see her. People should be allowed to do this, and urged to take necessary precautions and maintain social distancing as far as possible. Where not possible on flights etc, masks should be compulsory. I know this may not be important to some, but circumstances for others are not as simple as a short walk or car journey away from their loved ones, and there needs to be a solution for us too.
  • Posted by stephanderson May 10, 2020 at 12:27

    To be able to see family and friends and to mix households... within reason. There is no quality of life just now and this would help people’s mental health a great deal. This has to be looked at first before opening non-essential shops and allowing more outdoor exercise, we need to see our loved ones.
  • Posted by Moj14 May 10, 2020 at 13:07

    Seeing my immediate family, this feels absolutely imperative to me and them. Also over 70’s should not be discriminated or isolated simply in the basis of age.
  • Posted by Moore21 May 10, 2020 at 13:23

    In an ideal world it would be great to have small bubbles of mixing groups I.e. close family and friends. To do this you must be able to control who those groups can also meet. In some job roles you may not be able to have these bubbles as you may also be in contact with work colleagues. Particularly in the construction industry! Expecting this industry to withstand 2m distance on sites is completely unrealistic! Small companies rely on 2 people lifting items or even expecting a site with 100 people to have appropriate welfare or complete basic construction tasks. Those allowing this to happen can only see money rolling in my view! Anyway your bubble would grow too much and therefore rendering the whole 'bubble' scheme void. I do not like being in 'lockdown' but I'd rather that than spreading the virus. Wait until a vaccine is produced and then reduce measures! One lockdown year or two is better than millions of deaths.
  • Posted by Dm77 May 10, 2020 at 13:26

    As a single parent working from home, trying to homeschool a 10 year old (her school offer no online teaching) and look after my other 2 preschool children, I feel my mental health has really suffered and I'm struggling to cope with absolutely no support. Reading these comments, I can see I'm not the only person who feels their mental health (and their children's) is being adversely affected. The lockdown needs to be eased to open up childcare so parents who are expected to work from home, actually can. My mum wants to help, but can't due to the current rules. There's no guarantee of a vaccine so do we just hole up in our homes for the next 6 months? 6 years? Forever?
  • Posted by lalaw May 10, 2020 at 13:31

    Since most people are now used to keeping (or trying to keep) a safe distance from others, and since it is thought we’re less likely to catch the virus outdoors in unfrequented areas, it would be helpful to be able to drive to meet up with a member of the family or a friend outside, somewhere quiet, whilst keeping a safe distance from each other. Rather than placing arbitrary limits on numbers of people who can meet in exclusive bubbles, emphasising sensible distancing behaviour, will encourage us to use our own sense of responsibility leading to long term benefits. The police could fine anyone found misusing this freedom just as they do now.
  • Posted by Moj14 May 10, 2020 at 13:31

    Please re open Dentists as soon as physically possible. I have had a significant dental issue for weeks and not having dental care available is awful and debilitating for many I am sure.
  • Posted by alisonjmthomson May 10, 2020 at 14:12

    Meeting others family or friends at safe distance and outside. Small group only e.g. up six maximum.
  • Posted by Charlotta May 10, 2020 at 14:27

    Opening schools and childcare provision. Look to the Scandinavian countries for ideas of how to do this, or indeed, look at Sweden specifically where primary schools, childcare and children's activities have remained open. Official Swedish statistics show that ONE person between the age of 0-19 has die from Covid-19 and there are no reports of teachers becoming ill or dying. The consequences of keeping schools closed far outweigh any risk.
  • Posted by kimdenton May 10, 2020 at 14:47

    Allowing people to see their partners. It has been an extremely long time for people to be apart and it’s effecting peoples mental health. I am struggling with not having seen my boyfriend in nearly 2 months and I would be able to cope with the lockdown much better if I was able to see him. Please allow this to be one of the first things that happen.
  • Posted by teahydrated May 10, 2020 at 15:37

    Allowing outdoor hobbies/activities that are usually practiced solo, or in small groups that are distanced from each other. Examples of this would be fishing/angling, golf, metal detecting.
  • Posted by jcgreenhalgh May 10, 2020 at 16:01

    Being able to meet with friends - social distancing could still be observed.
  • Posted by kpm321 May 10, 2020 at 16:58

    Socialising is so important for mental health and wellbeing. We should be allowed to meet in small groups - of up to 7 - outside for walks or in gardens.
  • Posted by Hobbes May 10, 2020 at 17:23

    Being able to see family and friends, albeit in small groups or outdoors
  • Posted by carerbear May 10, 2020 at 17:54

    To open my daughter's daycentre for learning disability. Not having her usual routine is horrible for her.
  • Posted by matthew123 May 10, 2020 at 20:10

    Being able to meet up with small groups of relations or friends.
  • Posted by Islander64 May 10, 2020 at 20:29

    Being allowed to travel 50 miles to see my family and hold my baby grand daughter
  • Posted by YG May 10, 2020 at 20:32

    Cautious , common sense, limited contact with my close family in the confines of our own homes or gardens. Not ease to regulate or enforce but quite amenable to GOOD guidelines.
  • Posted by CNB May 10, 2020 at 21:09

    If scientific evidence does not suggest that the use of 'bubbles' could raise the R value, I strongly approve of 'social bubbles'. A group of 5-10 people who socialise in each other's homes and gardens. That would lend some normality to life.
  • Posted by Liz67869802 May 11, 2020 at 00:19

    To get out for a daily walk and to know what the government plans are for me. I’m in the shielded category, time for some conversation and clarity. What happens when the 12 weeks are up? Others are able to exercise twice a day, streets will be busier than ever. Do I just stay at home until there’s a vaccine. Or will I be expected to travel to work on public transport next month when the 12 weeks are up. People in other categories are being constantly updated on how the situation may affect them in the future. I have not heard many considerations made for those in the ‘unless you received a letter’ category.
  • Posted by Djalaodbdld May 11, 2020 at 08:00

    We need more clarity around “exercising as close to home as you can”. Please set an actual limit on this in miles from you front door that you can travel for exercise. For example in Ireland they are not allowed to travel more than 20km. Setting clear limits will remove any grey areas where people may unintentionally breaks the rules.
  • Posted by mmu230 May 11, 2020 at 08:50

    Like many, I support the social bubble ideas with close family or those considered to be family in the comments. I moved to Scotland just before this crisis happened. I have no family and no social circle to speak of yet, and will be unlikely to form any sort of support network whilst restrictions are in place. Being able to go visit elderly parents and my siblings in Wales is my top priority and eagerly await clarification from the Scottish and UK Governments on when and how this might be possible.
  • Posted by makesnodifference May 11, 2020 at 09:00

    Being able to safely walk the streets and to cycle on public roads without the intimidation and danger caused by a high number of motorists who seem to feel that they own the roads. Walking and cycling are inherently pleasurable activities but are, in my experience, often made very unpleasant by the behaviour of a significant number of drivers - the government should not be so lax about the operation of dangerous machinery in public spaces.
  • Posted by roobie May 11, 2020 at 10:12

    Implement an immediate concession so that the brutal, inhumane 100% isolation for single households is brought to an end. New Zealand did not abandon it's solo households, they were considered and catered for throughout lockdown. People cannot endure 100% isolation whether old or young - let the elderly who live alone make their own choice regarding meeting a friend of family member at the correct 2m social distance. Loneliness affects all ages not just the elderly. Further changes can be brought in at a later date for those who do not live alone, single parent households with no shared care should be given the same concession as solo households. Permit solo households to meet limited friends, or family, if they have any as you must remember that not everyone has family. Both inside and outdoors, even in a very limited capacity.    This concession should be for solo households initially as current guidelines directly discriminate against solo households and it is, in effect, torture to impose solitary confinement on an entire sector of society.   The impact in this group on mental health and also on mental illness  - a distinction needs to be drawn between the 2 - is profound and massive funding will need to be injected into NHS mental health services - not the 3rd sector who deal with mild illness - to address the developing mental illness pandemic. This is urgent and should be done immediately - Scotland should have followed New Zealand and done this from the outset.  We can only go forward, so make this change and do it now - it should be your highest priority. It won't be popular amongst those non solo households who want to see their extended families and friends, but this must come later - they are not isolated.  End our suffering now, too many people have been left in total isolation and this shouln't have been allowed to happen. You failed entirely to consider the needs of those who live alone and have placed some of us at huge risk of suicide.  Many of those living alone will have become seriously depressed/anxious and experienced mental illness for the 1st time or a huge deterioration in existing illness.   This with no access to psychology as national policy was to pause it across Scotland.   Funding was made available for preserving the mental health of the well and the treatment of mild concerns by 3rd sector organisations/online cbt suited to mild conditions - none of which is suitable for the treatment of severe mental illnesses.  NHS Mental health services were slashed not given extra funding.  Listening services are not treatments and their hours have not been extended yet as promised. Exercising alone is absolute torture surrounded by couples and families none of whom go back to 100% isolation but to family meals and support. Video or phone calling does not alleviate isolation at all. For the anxious amongst us, constant tv ads mean our anxiety is regularly increased, if we try and use  television as a distraction. Ads don't reach the people you need to, and no ad will, as they are a non-compliant minority who do not listen now and  simply are not going to.  Everyone else already got the message the first time - it's not a hard one to understand. My mental health has been decimated and short of a failed suicide attempt there is zero access to treatment at the current time.  That is after months of desperately trying to access services after a lengthy illness. The Covid-19 NHS mental health services policy was to repeatedly downgrade urgent referrals to routine as they do not currently action routine referrals. If I cannot see any friends in person I cannot continue living - it's that simple. I will not be alone in this.  A compromise for solo households needs to be urgently implemented and NHS mental health services should reassess every downgraded referral.  Services for the mentally ill need to be urgently reinstated as there is a direct risk to life in many cases and yet other services with no risk to life are being reinstated.
  • Posted by JuliaM May 11, 2020 at 10:13

    As someone living alone & feeling increasingly isolated from contact in real life (not just on social media), I would welcome the opportunity to walk with a limited number of other people, one would be great! I can currently chat to a stranger who I encounter out on my walk at 2m distance but cannot walk & chat with a friend at 2m distance who lives around the corner? It doesn't make sense. Also, provided there are safeguards at petrol stations, to allow local travel to exercise within my own area. After seven weeks, it would be great to be able to drive 15 mins to another area. I think the mountains are unfortunately still off limits now unless you live near to them. I am happy to stay quite local in order to reduce risks.
  • Posted by mariebeaton1 May 11, 2020 at 10:28

    Social contact out of doors in parks or open spaces as out door transmission seems to be much lower risk. Schools returning without much social distancing between friends - the thought of kids going to school and not playing football or tig or even just holding hands or being able to comfort one another worries me greatly for its impact on their long term development. Travel to see family elsewhere in Scotland/UK - with families scattered the length and breadth of the country it is important to meet up and be there for one another again. And finally - camping. Surely the least risky holiday plan ever. We camp regularly and all of our Easter and summer plans are down the pan so being able to plan a trip to the coast or somewhere special would make us feel an immense improvement.
  • Posted by highlandgal May 11, 2020 at 10:35

    Being able to see my immediate family- adult children living away from home, and parents.
  • Posted by RM2711 May 11, 2020 at 10:48

    Being able to see children who do not live at home. My whole family have adhered to social distancing. Both my children have mental health conditions. I would like to be able to visit the other child at his home to even be able to sit out in the garden at a social distance. I believe that going out for exercise or shopping is probably more of a risk with the spread than spending it seeing loved ones who are not going out. Socialising is so important for mental health and wellbeing. We should be allowed to meet in small groups - of up to 7 - outside for walks or in gardens with the same groups of people. No mixing of groups. The same people all the time and not mixing with others.
  • Posted by Scotland_is_flatlining May 11, 2020 at 10:49

    Remove the nanny state approach and let people make their own decisions. STAY ALERT
  • Posted by Cathol May 11, 2020 at 12:39

    The initial evidence suggested lockdown was necessary but the UK was too late, the virus had spread, studies suggest the no of asymptotic cases are higher than thought. Why are we not reacting to new evidence, its apparent that the virus is not as deadly to the general, healthy, working age population. From the stats is quite clear the most at risk groups, we should be focusing on protecting the most vulnerable and encouraging those least at risk to start getting back to normality in a sensible manner. Many of the populations mental and physical health is deteriorating. Business’s, especially those is the leisure sector, are receiving no assistance and no indication of when they will be allowed to get back to work. Small business’s are being persecuted and many will be forced into liquidation.
  • Posted by LinzScot May 11, 2020 at 12:56

    To be able to drive locally to an isolated spot for exercise. People are becoming trapped in their home as they cannot socially distance on pavements. When walking on the pavement why not set out guidelines so that people are walking in the same direction. If there are pavements on booths sides of the carriageway then each side should walk where possible in the same direction.
  • Posted by AnnieScot May 11, 2020 at 13:07

    Pedestrianise city streets. Thank you Nicola and teams. You have the correct approach. Keep up your good work at these times.
  • Posted by Cate01 May 11, 2020 at 13:08

    Being able to see my partner and/or one close friend, if at least one of you lives alone the risk would be very limited. It is extremely hard living totally on your own and having no social contact at all, and I think this is an area which has been forgotten about. I do not care about shops, restaurants etc. opening, going back to work (working from home is fine) or having the opportunity to exercise more as really this means nothing if you have to do everything completely on your own. Let anyone living on their own join with another household.
  • Posted by JulieMc May 11, 2020 at 14:15

    Improve safety for cycling and walking. Currently to stay 2m apart requires me to walk on the road as the pavement is not wide enough. The cars that are on the road are going faster; impose a 20mph speed limit in towns, which would also reduce risk of serious injury which would reduce NHS pressure.
  • Posted by murraymy May 11, 2020 at 14:34

    Once safe, seeing family and friends with whatever restrictions are necessary. Protection of the most vulnerable. New approaches to tackle inequality. Keeping up the excellent communications with the public.
  • Posted by Stargazer1960 May 11, 2020 at 14:42

    Clear guidance on how to visit family safely especially the elderly and of course permission to visit my immediate family.
  • Posted by Ains14 May 11, 2020 at 15:07

    Being able to see a very limited other households. I haven't seen my partner for the duration of lockdown as we don't live together and it's not feasible to live together for a few reasons. It's a struggle for both of us and it's really impacting my mental health now.
  • Posted by lynnemacsween May 11, 2020 at 15:29

    Need to re-assess allowing visiting family and friends, especially for those who live alone. I cannot believe that we little consideration has been given to the mental health of those who do not live in a family household, live in a house with a garden and those who are stuck indoors because they are over 70, especially when the weather has been so good. I agree with previous comments that you can see strangers at the supermarket and whilst out on daily walk but cannot see the people you love - shocking.
  • Posted by LOBBIG May 11, 2020 at 15:35

    Small social bubbles of friends and family that are are fit and healthy.
  • Posted by Robertmuir May 11, 2020 at 15:47

    Have the ability of being able to have your partner come to your house and have the ability to go back and forth especially if one lives alone. this will boost the quality of life for everyone who does live alone and give people the much needed hope.
  • Posted by Jem May 11, 2020 at 16:43

    Allow people to meet in small groups outdoors.
  • Posted by abby17 May 11, 2020 at 16:43

    Being able to meet in small groups
  • Posted by rptcal May 11, 2020 at 18:29

    Resuming NHS screening programmes would improve quality of life for many people.
  • Posted by AngelaJH May 11, 2020 at 18:50

    Expanding the area for exercise to within a distance of a certain number of miles from home, e.g. 20 miles.
  • Posted by isolation19 May 11, 2020 at 18:59

    People who live alone and may now also be working alone at home, so are completely isolated, need to be able to visit and be visited by friends or relatives, and not confined to their local areas. Isolation has been extreme for such people, regardless of any online face to face communication. They are the absolute priority to be released from what for many could be extreme stress and loneliness. Many comments have addressed this state-imposed severe isolation with inevitable detriment to their mental health. There should not be defined 'social bubbles' for such people as this could compound their exclusion and isolation. People should be allowed to use their cars to go to areas other than their own locality to exercise and, for urban dwellers, to enjoy a different landscape. The great outdoors of Scotland should not be out of bounds to those who do not actually live in them.
  • Posted by Cathol May 11, 2020 at 19:44

    End Lockdown, or show the evidence to prove its effectiveness. Educate people rather than terrify them, it is now apparent the virus is not deadly to all, your figures show those most at risk. Allow those who wish to remain in lockdown to do so, assist them. Educate those at risk how to minimise their exposure. Focus on protecting the vulnerable. Deaths are predominant in care homes, the government needs to step up testing on all staff. Protect the vulnerable. Those who do not wish to isolate should be allowed to get on with it. Again relevant information on how to minimise transmission. Social distancing.
  • Posted by Louisew82 May 11, 2020 at 19:52

    Allowing us to add a few family members to our "bubble" to allow us to see them say once a week or every 2 weeks.
  • Posted by as1 May 11, 2020 at 20:05

    Being able to meet family would be most important to me, but if numbers allowed to meet are limited then prioritse allowing those living alone to meet at least one other person or household.
  • Posted by Bek2020 May 11, 2020 at 20:50

    Small groups beginning to meet would be beneficial.
  • Posted by Claresy May 11, 2020 at 21:10

    Knowing when I can see my parents again. Living 80 miles away and being over 70, we all find it very upsetting not knowing when we’ll see one another again. I find this particularly upsetting given that I’m working in a hub with many staff and pupils. It’s okay to be there social distancing (or not), but I can’t see my family from a safe distance.
  • Posted by KevinG May 11, 2020 at 21:18

    From a selfish point, being able to see family, even if it was to be outdoors and adhering to social distancing. Most importantly, try and get help to those most in need first, who are at huge risk with the current lockdown measures.
  • Posted by cadatta May 11, 2020 at 21:25

    Being able to spend time with family and close friends again. Many people in our communities will be in the final months of their lives anyway and this is an exceptionally difficult situation for them and their loved ones
  • Posted by peterbrownbarra May 11, 2020 at 21:36

    Keeping traffic levels to a minimum would be transformative as the city is a much better place to live and work. I would be excellent if a way could be found to avoid getting back to pre-covid traffic and pollution levels.
  • Posted by Cararoberts May 11, 2020 at 21:42

    Being able to see my parents and sister. I have a 3 year old and 17 month old who were lucky enough to see their grandparents nearly every day of their lives until lockdown. 8 weeks is a huge proportion of the little ones life and I really worry it’s impacting on her attachments.. Social distancing would be impossible for her to understand and FaceTime means nothing to her so I think the social bubble idea is a good one to allow families to see each other. Keeping families apart isn’t a sustainable long term solution in my view and not one I’d be willing to abide by. I’m sure many people feel the same and I know a lot of people are starting to interpret the rules for themselves. I think it would be better to get ahead of this and give people something to work with which would be safe and realistic
  • Posted by elt162020 May 11, 2020 at 21:45

    Being able to see my family who live in England
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