People in Hull generally favour the Government’s roadmap to end lockdown – but feel June is too soon to get back to normal.
Hull Live readers feel that the dates to reopen pubs, meeting friends, and going to non-essential shops are about right but will not want to wait so long to get a haircut.
In a survey of 451 readers, the most common reaction to the announcement of easing lockdown was one of relief at 40 per cent. In total, 14 per cent of people wanted to celebrate whereas 30 per cent felt either worried or scared and the remaining 16 per cent left confused.
Broadly, readers think things will be opening at the right time with the return of children going back to school on March 8 as the first step.
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in total, 46 per cent of readers felt that that was the right call, however, 41 per cent felt that there should be a staggered return for pupils.
People were much more comfortable with plans to allow two people from two households to meet in a public outdoor space with social distancing, with 63 per cent saying March 8 was the right time.
Plans for one visitor to see a care home resident are also coming into action on Monday with 56 per cent of respondents saying that this was coming in at the right time.
A majority of people (53%) backed outdoor gatherings of up to six people coming into effect from March 29 as well as 52% agreeing about the reopening of outdoor sports facilities.
Ending ‘stay at home’ rules on March 29 was about right for 44% of people but too soon for 31%.
The changes planned from April 12 get plenty of backing - a majority think it’s about the right time to reopen non-essential shops (50%), reopen public buildings like libraries and museums (53%), reopen self-contained holiday accommodation (52%), and allow more people to attend funerals (50%) and wedding receptions and other commemorative events (53%).
Also getting backing on timing was allowing outdoor table service at pubs and restaurants (47%), allowing groups of six people or two households to meet at those venues (47%), and reopening outdoor attractions (49%).
Potentially April 12 may be too long to wait for a haircut - while 44% said the date for reopening personal care premises was about right, 39% said it should be sooner, the highest proportion for any proposed change.
However, people felt we perhaps should wait longer to go to the gym, with 43% saying April 12 was the right date to reopen indoor sport and leisure services, and 33% saying it was too soon.
As to changes planned for May 17, again people were generally in favour of the timing of outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people (51%), allowing groups of six to meet indoors (48%), and having more people at weddings and funerals (50%). The majority also backed the timing for reopening hotels and B&Bs (49%).
People were supportive but a little more wary about reopening indoor areas of pubs and restaurants, with 39% saying it was the right time, allowing indoor sport and exercise classes (41%), and allowing people to attend performances and sporting events in limited numbers (46%).
However, some people thought May 17 might be too soon to reopen indoor entertainment venues (36%) rather than the right time (40%).
The Government’s aim is to get things much more back to normal by June 21, but generally Hull Live readers don’t feel like that’s the right timing.
Removing limits on the number of people who can meet indoors or outdoors would be too soon for 36% of people and about right for 39%.
The potential end of social distancing in June would be too soon for 47% of readers, and no limits on capacity at performances and sporting events would be too soon for 48%.