Devon gives its verdict on new Covid restrictions

Just as lockdown rules began to ease a few months ago, a rise in coronavirus cases has meant restrictions have had to return.

We wanted to know what you thought of the September restrictions – when it was announced that no more than six people were permitted to socially gather at one time.

Whether you believe that stricter action should have been taken much sooner, or if you’re eager to start living as normal as possible – everyone has a different opinion on the pandemic rules and guidelines.

It may be that you feel as though the government has been very clear on what you can and can’t do from the start, or you may still be left confused and unsure.

Almost 2,500 of you kindly took the time to fill in our survey and let us know what you thought – and the results were interesting.

It may surprise you that the majority of readers are in agreement with the latest measures.

In fact, 75% of readers that took part said that they agreed with the 6 limit number for gatherings.

Those that answered no were asked to explain their reasoning, and here are a selection of some of the best responses we received.

“Covid is something we need to learn to live with, as many other countries have done. Restrictions on gatherings over 6 and the closing of pubs by 10pm makes no rational sense and is based on evidence that is dubious at best.”

” The current measures are not restrictive enough. Face Masks need to be worn at all times when outside in public areas as well as in retail etc. Stricter enforcement of Mask Wearing ie. on buses no mask no ride no exceptions.

“Restrictions should be far harsher on areas with high ratings, lower infection areas should be treated different.

“I believe that lockdown and restrictions are having a very detrimental effect on people’s physical and mental health and destroying the economy. I am in an at risk group and would prefer to take responsibility for my own health and let other people get on with their lives. I do not believe the threat from Covid justifies a fascist state.”

“Its crazy ,the earlier measures haven’t been policed properly yet why bring in new measures.”

“Rule of 6 together from any household is a recipe for disaster. Better to allow flexible low numbers for family gatherings where young children aren’t included in numbers. e.g. family of 2 parents, 3 or 4 young children 2 grandparents.”

75% of you that took part said that you think restrictions should have been re tightened again much sooner than they were.

However, you were much more divided when it came to the permitted numbers for funerals, weddings and civil partnerships.

When asked whether you thought the number of people allowed to attend these events should be higher, 45% of you said that you felt that they should be.

While just 37% of you feel like it was right to exclude organised sports and places of worship from the rule.

We also asked how clear you feel like the coronavirus guidance in Devon currently is, which divided opinions further.

22% opted for the highest score of 5, meaning you don’t feel like things could be much clearer, while almost the same percentage, 17% went for the opposite end of the scale at number 1.

Other answers were all somewhere in the middle while 3 was most common.

So, it’s safe to say that the coronavirus rules and restrictions are continuing to divide society, with each person entitled to their own opinion regarding the pandemic.

Ultimately though, we must all continue to do our bit to follow government advice and keep our friends and family safe.

Keep an eye on Devon Live, for more coronavirus related surveys to come. We love hearing what you think.

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