Trust the Public

Stay at home has had wide compliance. The public should and can be trusted to see each other in a safe way, in each other’s gardens, meeting for walks, being allowed to drive to local areas for exercise. All outdoor activities should be allowed at safe distances. This should be allowed now. Social distancing in shops should continue. There are no reason for other shops to be shut if food shops are open. People will most likely only go if really necessary, nobody WANTS to spread the virus. Allow people to risk assess themselves when visiting family. This is no different to risk assessing yourself going to a supermarket. Healthy, symptom free families should be allowed to meet each other. Parks and playgrounds should be opening, hand washing is key here, perhaps have more hand washing stations. Vital NHS services should resume. The fact that the epidemic is mostly in care homes and hospitals is an utter failure, these are the people that should have been protected, all that has happened is healthy people have been protected that likely wouldn’t have put the NHS under strain if they had contracted COVID-19. Trains should run more frequently with less people on them. If people want to travel allow testing for when they return, or if they have been in a situation that is high risk, eg a stay in hospital. As COVID cases fall centralise the cases to one hospital so that other hospitals can remain safe spaces. Travel can resume at a later date, perhaps a COVID test can be purchased upon return? People would be willing to pay for a test if willing to pay for a plane ticket.

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This lockdown is unsustainable, I am someone complying with the rules but can’t go on like this much longer!

by Avocado on May 09, 2020 at 08:48AM

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  • Posted by FM79 May 09, 2020 at 09:01

    Completly agree with this, current lockdown is unsustainable, it's time to move forward
  • Posted by phillipa May 09, 2020 at 09:12

    Fully agree with these comments. People need to be trusted or the lockdown will breakdown as restrictions are not sustainable or fair.
  • Posted by flute May 09, 2020 at 09:45

    I think seeing the number of people going against the guidelines is awful and showing that we can’t all be trusted. Some people seem completely spatially unaware as they don’t keep their distance in shops or out walking. Our NHS are doing a brilliant job but need to open up other departments to get up and running before lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
  • Posted by waxwing May 09, 2020 at 10:17

    Absolutely. If we do not lift lockdown soon, in a careful and managed way, we will find ourselves in a position where deaths resulting from economic collapse and social isolation will be greater than those from Covid. Social distancing is the strategy we have to rely on long-term, not lockdown. We have got to trust people, and have measures in place to deal with the few who abuse that trust.
  • Posted by Churchill May 09, 2020 at 11:14

    I agree wholeheartedly. The primary consideration is social distancing, we can do a lot more than we are currently allowed to and still maintain that safety factor. Lets treat people with respect and trust and let them start getting back to a life that, whilst it might not be the same, is at least sustainable for the longer term
  • Posted by DP May 09, 2020 at 11:38

    Agree. Well summarised. There will never be total compliance but those that don't follow the rules are in the minority.
  • Posted by Robert1000 May 09, 2020 at 12:23

    Like so many things the 99% have to follow the rules set for the 1%.
  • Posted by AngelaLP May 09, 2020 at 15:13

    But a lot of the public are proving that they can't be trusted, I came home to find 5 complete strangers partying in my garden. No permission, from 4 different households and 2 saying they were working as carers. It's no wonder Covid is rife if key workers aren't following social distancing out of work, defeats the purpose of it all.
  • Posted by Avocado May 10, 2020 at 07:16

    Well I’ve no idea why they would be in your garden, it sounds a bit incredulous to me. However, at least they were outside. The public seem to have it in their heads that COVID is spread by next door having a BBQ, name me one person who has caught it this way!
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