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Lockdown traffic
- Patk (11th Jan 2021  09:19:06)

I thought lockdown meant lockdown. At 8.30 am I have just had my one (recommended) daily walk in Radford Park, on my own, and the amount of cars and trucks going up and down London road is unbelievable.
Are there so many essential workers going to and fro?
Britain is not so very Great at present and is certainly not the world leader is was.
Don’t Brits understand the seriousness of this virus? For goodness sake for all of us, stay at home!!

Re: Lockdown traffic
- Optimistic (11th Jan 2021  11:17:52)

Patk, I agree to a point but we have to keep the economy going lorries do all the deliveries and there are a lot of companies still working to the rules to keep the economy going so don’t be. to harsh. As for GREAT BRITAIN not being GREAT I totally disagree.

If you read what the editor of the largest paper in GERMANY says about GREAT BRITAIN he has nothing but praise for BORiS for making quick decisions and getting three vaccines up and running. We are way ahead of the EU with vaccinations.

I see POLAND are selling the vaccine to the highest bidder on the black market. So when this is all over I think GREAT BRITAIN is well placed to forge ahead and become one of the leading countries in the WORLD again.

Re: Lockdown traffic
- M (11th Jan 2021  17:20:57)

PatK we are in a lockdown and you must stay at home and work from home if you can.
Many, many thousands of people can't work from home (myself included) so need to go to work, be it in a factory, workshop or, like myself, visiting customers at their premises to repair their own equipment.
I wouldn't class myself as a key worker but if i don't go work I would likely get made redundant or sacked for not fulfilling my contract.
This lockdown is different to the one last year, it's more of a "social" lockdown. Only go out of your home for certain things if you have to is my understanding.

Re: Lockdown traffic
- AF (11th Jan 2021  19:50:10)

The thing is that the reason for the busy roads is alot of businesses are now COVID safe and so people can work when during the last lockdown could not, the other reason is a number of people who used to go by train are too scared to use trains and so use their car

Re: Lockdown traffic
- Joe (11th Jan 2021  22:25:19)

I think people have got the wrong end of the stick if they think it is just a lockdown of their social life. Everyone has to stay at home like the last lockdown the government are still supporting workers salaries. There is a list of those considered key workers on the government website. I think people are not taking it as seriously as the last lockdown and the mutated virus is more easily than last spring.

Re: Lockdown traffic
- M (12th Jan 2021  11:50:17)

I agree that people should stay home. The Government website says you should only leave home for a "reasonable excuse" ........ a bit wishy washy if you ask me.
But it does say you can leave home to go to work......

"When you can leave home:

You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. This is the law. The police can take action against you if you leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’, and issue you with a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice).
You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

A ‘reasonable excuse’ includes:

You can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home. This includes, but is not limited to, people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance."

No mention of being a "Key Worker", just if you can't reasonably do your job from home. I believe that is rather a lot of people, myself being one of them.

I still hold that if you read the rules this lockdown is aimed at social interaction (shops, pubs, homes etc) but keeping industry operating where ever possible.
Whether that's the right thing who knows.
The rise we’re seeing in cases, deaths and hospital admissions now is behind when people actually caught the virus, by approx 2 weeks.
What were we all doing 2 weeks ago? Most at home off work mixing with their family and friends!!!

Covid secure working isn't the main cause of infection. It's people mixing at home and socially and then passing it on.

Re: Lockdown traffic
- Penny Williamson (12th Jan 2021  13:50:45)

M I absolutely agree with you. What we are seeing now with the rise of infections and sadly deaths is undoubtedly due to households and friends mixing indoors over Christmas.

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