Your views on the lockdown

Tuesday marked 50 days into the coronavirus lockdown, and readers of the Bridlington Free Press have had their say on how and when restrictions should be eased.

Thursday, 14th May 2020, 2:00 pm
Here are some of the key details from the extensive survey.

Our lockdown survey, published across this title and 150 others across the UK last week, has had a great response.

It gives an insight into how the coronavirus crisis has impacted people on the coast and what they would like to see happen in the coming weeks and months.

In total we asked readers 25 questions on their attitude towards the lockdown.

Of these questions five focused on how lockdown restrictions might be eased – and we can now reveal how people answered.

The majority, 48%, of readers who completed our survey said they felt ‘very concerned’ about going to public places such as shops, bars, restaurants and cinemas as lockdown is eased.

By comparison, on a national level, 41% answered ‘slightly concerned’, 37% answered ‘very concerned’, 12% answered ‘not very concerned’ and 10% answered ‘not at all concerned’.

In a document released on May 11 detailing the Government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy, it said that the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) was examining whether, when and how it can safely change the regulations around family contact between households but did not provide a timeframe.

However, for those who took part in the survey, a majority of 64%, said visits to family and friends should be given the highest level of priority when restrictions are eased.

Following that, 47% thought re-opening workplaces should be given the highest level of priority and 45% thought more mourners at funerals should take priority.

We also asked people which of the following – garden centres, DIY stores, fast food restaurants, takeaway coffee chains and electrical stores – they would be most keen to visit if they were reopened in the near future, with social distancing measures in place.

Most respondents said they were keen to visit garden centres, with electrical stores receiving the smallest number of votes.

When asked how well they thought the UK Government had handled the coronavirus crisis, 18% of our readers said ‘very well’, 37% said ‘quite well’, 18% said ‘not very well’, while 25% stated ‘not well at all’.

The national average, by comparison, was 12% for ‘very well’, 34% for ‘quite well’, 24% for ‘not very well’ and 28% for ‘not at all well’.

Since Boris Johnson’s announcement on May 10, much of the criticism levelled at the Government has been over the clarity of the new Stay Alert message.

Prior to this change, when asked how clear the UK Government’s lockdown guidance had been so far, the majority of our readers who took part in the survey responded ‘quite clear’.

The national average on this issue was: 30% said ‘very clear’, 35% said ‘quite clear’, 22% said ‘not very clear’ and 14% said ‘not at all clear’.

The survey received more than 23,000 responses across the country, including 414 of our readers who completed the survey.