More than 70% of York residents are not confident about leaving the house if lockdown is eased now – Poll

A queue for coffee in Parliament Street, York, this week. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Seventy-two per cent of York residents said they would not feel confident about leaving the house if the government eased lockdown restrictions this weekend.

More than 2,500 residents took part in a poll – with more than 1,800 saying they would not be comfortable with restrictions being lifted imminently.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to make an announcement about changes to the lockdown on Sunday.

But Downing Street was forced to clarify that the PM would be announcing only a “very limited” easing of the social distancing rules when he sets out his “road map” for the way forward.

Commenting on Facebook page, Beccie Hillman said: “No way! Hundreds of people are still losing their lives. Easing lockdown is just going to bring a second wave.”

But Annoula Wilby wrote: “Yes we need to learn to live alongside this, it seemingly isn’t going anywhere, we have learnt many times to live with infections that are deadly.”

‘I don’t have a choice’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes a morning walk in St James’s Park in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

A number of York residents said they have had to leave the house because they work in key roles.

Nick Feetenby said: “No change for me. Haven’t stopped working and can’t stop! Respect to all other self-employed tradesmen working through this pandemic. Keep it up boys and girls!”

And Charlotte Louise Henson wrote: “I have to, I don’t have a choice. I’ve gone to work everyday for the past seven weeks.”

Tommy Holland said he would like to see “a slight ease in some restrictions but baby steps in phases.”

Ann-Marie Nicholson said: “I think we should wait [until] Sunday on what these measures are before speculating. It may be only minimal.”

Government guidance asking people to stay at home and only leave the house to buy food, for health reasons or work if you cannot work from homes remains in place.

People should stay two metres away from other people at all times and wash hands regularly.

North Yorkshire Police has issued more than 500 fines to people breaking the guidance.

5 thoughts on “More than 70% of York residents are not confident about leaving the house if lockdown is eased now – Poll

  1. And yet, there are countless people out today. So perhaps residents aren’t a as scared as they purport to be?

    If you don’t want to leave the house, no-one’s going to make you. It’s stopping people from doing it even when they’re not supposed to that’s proved so hard.

    1. Couldn’t agree more, although l don’t work for the NHS l am a carer and today l saw older residents on Abbotsway clearly drunk having their own little party. There was little social distancing going on as they were passing drinks around out in the street with music blaring. Wish ld said something at the time, instead I just get to rant here! Lol

      1. Frustrating isn’t it. Seen much the same around me. Not just on VE Day, when there was the barest hint of an excuse, but both before and especially since.

        There’s an odd attitude that paying lip service to the rules will somehow protect you — standing 2m away, as you thoughtlessly put your hands and mouth all over a beer that’s been passed you, and touch a gatepost that dozens of others have touched today. As if becoming ill is something you can somehow argue against, or get off on a technicality. Very strange.

        All the while, patting ourselves on the back for our Dunkirk spirit etc… forgetting that we had to have enforced rationing because we wouldn’t share fairly, and ARP wardens because people couldn’t even keep their lights off to literally save their lives.

  2. This is probably true until idiots start drinking. I passed lots of people celebrating VE day in their gardens today which is fine but l was shocked when l passed through Abbotsway just off Monkton Rd. Loads of old people gathered, pissed and definitely not socially isolating. Bottles and glasses being passed around clearly from neighbour to neighbour. There’s no fool like an old fool. Although l don’t work for the NHS l am a carer and it’s these very people who will probably be out clapping tonight supporting the NHS but can’t support them by socially distancing themselves.

  3. Bozo isn’t fit to run a tap let alone a country. Let your own good sense decide the safety of your own family.

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