Treat us like responsible adults

We now all know the danger that Covid 19 posses. As a responsible members of society we should be able to choose where we go and who with. We should take full responsibility for ensuring we stick to social distancing and good hygiene. If supermarkets are allowed to open the to be honest so should all business and people should adapt their ways of being to suit the current climate. Schools should re open especially for older children. It might be better to split the years in half and have a week in and a week off that way at least some face to face learning can take place. This virus is here to stay and we have to adapt to our current situation and realise that it could happen again with the way we have treated our environment. So the change has to come from us and as a society we all need to mature and take responsibility for our health and well-being

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This is the here and now and potentially our future. We need to take ownership of our lives and act responsibly.

by Smillie on May 05, 2020 at 11:46PM

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  • Posted by margarett May 06, 2020 at 01:51

    Unfortunately some people are not responsible that can be seen daily on the roads, people out for hours at a time, visiting families and business opening up and causing gridlock, is having a coffee or KFC considered essential, if anything rules should have been stricter.
  • Posted by Pamela55 May 06, 2020 at 02:56

    I agree that we should be given more sense of autonomy, and that guidelines are widened to allow breathing space, given we are in it for the long haul. On the point of places being over-crowded, the fact is, the more places that were open, the less overcrowding there would be. It will balance out over time. If two metre distancing is safe for a supermarket, then it is safe anywhere, queues to a coffee shop or not. The current guidelines rule out the unnecessary, but the threshold is being reached where normal activity is necessary for a multitude of extremely valid reasons. There is a grey area we are entering into where to be following rules that conflict with instinct and logic will not produce cooperation. New rules and reasoning have to be more streamlined to allow for human nature and common sense to prevail. We've all been told to do the same for a while. Now, by folks actions it's clear we're not the same. Some want tighter rules, some want slacker rules. Some ignore the rules. This is us. This is us now. To steer the masses from now on involves taking us from where our current behaviour is, and working to clarify the best route forward.
  • Posted by scotjs May 06, 2020 at 03:27

    As much as I agree. I would like to say that we responsible adults have no idea how many other people are going to be going out on certain days. Fridays and Saturdays after lockdown eases will see heavy public crowding in public places where people will feel they had wasted journeys reaching if they turn around and go home or somewhere else. So, I agree. We are responsible adults. But we are also needing more information on what everyone else is doing, like maybe through an app.
  • Posted by OldDeuteronomy May 06, 2020 at 03:50

    Just for the record, Margaret, where are these gridlocked roads?
  • Posted by lindyloo May 06, 2020 at 06:40

    To right. There are risks everyday in life and we just get on with it. Coronavirus to most people who catch it is a mild illness with some people not even having any symptoms. The government has scared everyone witless with this. It's no more than a bad flu season. How long are people willing to live in lockdown, 3 months, 6 months a year. We will all die at some point. Most of us will live to see a grand old age and some wont. Its the luck of the draw. Why prolong the lives of people when there is no quality to it.
  • Posted by Rainbowbright May 06, 2020 at 08:03

  • Posted by Rob May 06, 2020 at 08:21

    Crazy idea. Many folks are irisponsible. I live in a small rural village and we have fools visiting almost every day. Risking not only their lives, but ours too.
  • Posted by MargaretR19 May 06, 2020 at 08:32

    I wish this was true however cannot be relied upon. People queuing 2 hours for a coffee is a prime example
  • Posted by Belladonna May 06, 2020 at 08:33

    Unfortunately some people don't seem to realise the severity of this virus, and are not taking responsibility for it as it is just now. I feel the whole point of this exercise by the Scottish Government is that we are being treated as responsible adults, in being asked for our views. Until we can be confident that ALL of society recognises the danger from this then there is no safety in the lockdown being lifted.
  • Posted by Louisethomson20 May 06, 2020 at 08:34

    I regretfully have to say out younger people don t always contribute...I have been surrounded by 10 to 15 teenage boys on bikes, no face masks and told I should just stay indoors. So whilst I agree with the idea we will need to keep enforced regulations on how we do things in future. And really enforce. Apologies to all the young people who are being responsible btw.
  • Posted by Mrswed May 06, 2020 at 08:40

    I agree, the threat is out there & as adults we need to be taking some responsibility for ourselves & our family. Making safe choices and Teaching our children about the new way of life.
  • Posted by Wheat May 06, 2020 at 08:51

    As adults we take responsibility for our own lives. Relax lock down and let us meet with friends in restricted numbers
  • Posted by Macfran May 06, 2020 at 10:40

    Don't punish everyone for the bad behaviour of the few.
  • Posted by lynnemacsween May 06, 2020 at 11:13

    We all need to take responsibility...... What is important to one is not necessarily important to another however we should decide and if abiding by social distancing 2m rule then why not
  • Posted by The_Guru May 06, 2020 at 14:30

    We are entitled to take responsibility for our own lives, and make our own decisions . No politician has the right to take that away from us.
  • Posted by Mummykins May 07, 2020 at 00:48

    So a trip to Costa for a coffee is more important than saving lives?
  • Posted by PotatoNinja May 07, 2020 at 07:48

    I've seen the Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow whenever it's sunny. The public cannot be trusted to act like responsible adults....
  • Posted by JoysieJ May 07, 2020 at 19:26

    I agree that we should be treated as responsible adults. This is what the Government did in Sweden and it worked well for them. It is time people took responsibility for their health with good nutrition and wellbeing. They need to get out in the sun and build up their immune system.
  • Posted by scottishfeminist May 08, 2020 at 14:32

    The original rules were very strict so that they were easy to understand but people lying in the sunshine in parks who are two meters apart are not harming themselves or anyone else. Neither was the Chief Medical Officer who visited her holiday home. It's time for a more nuanced message and for adults to be given general rules to apply to their lives.
  • Posted by BruceE2 May 08, 2020 at 15:25

    I agree, we should be able to use our own judgement. Sitting in the sun in the park is not dangerous if you observe appropriate distance from other people
  • Posted by Bannerman May 08, 2020 at 19:31

    The OP states 'We now all know the danger that Covid 19 posses'. I disagree. I do not think that we do know the dangers. Until we do, the cautious approach taken by this government and the others within the UK have a lot of merit.
  • Posted by PiedFifer May 09, 2020 at 10:49

    What we have is a situation where people are confined and likely resent but accept it. The general cries we hear are of people saying everyone should stick to the rules rigidly and we'll all be out of this sooner. The problem is we know prohibition doesn't work. Look at America and the alchohol prohibition. People will push the limits of the rules to a "no harm in that" level. There are plenty of cases of high profile individuals being caught breaking lockdown rules, Catherine Calderwood being one of them. I would argue they are not exceptional cases and everybody has probably broken the rules to some extent. 1.5 hour walk for exercise anyone? If people are given the freedom to be responsible they will be more likely to uphold the rules that allow that freedom and make sure others do not act in a way to jeapordise it. By taking away responsibility and freedom you are more likely to see people pushing the boundaries of those rules and turn even responsible people into "Covidiots".
  • Posted by Scotland_is_flatlining May 10, 2020 at 12:34

    REMAIN ALERT It will prove to be an effective way to transition people to the next phase and more appropriate than the blanket "Stay at Home". Everyone takes responsibility for themselves and assesses the hazards and opportunities appropriately. It's a way for us to unravel the nanny state approach. I will quite willingly explain the slogan and approach to Jean Freeman as she seems to have difficulty understanding it. However, no doubt she will elect for her expensive and trusted advisers to do that in words of one syllable and therefter to be different by re-badging it for the Scottish people in confused and ambiguous terms. A common approach and a common lexicon is what is needed.
  • Posted by Invicta May 10, 2020 at 20:29

    Completely agree. Treat us like grownups.
  • Posted by rptcal May 11, 2020 at 18:46

    Yes, as long as social distancing, face covering and hand wash stations are used.
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