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Poll Results: Do you think this lockdown is tough enough?

This lockdown is not like the last - there are several key differences meant to lessen the impact on education and the economy. But do Peterborough Matters readers think it's tough enough?
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Cathedral Square in second lockdown - but do measures go far enough? (Photo:

Most people said that they didn't think that the lockdown measures were tough enough, although they were split on the reasons why. For nearly 41% of people it came down to the fact that the schools were open. For over 16%, there are too many shops and businesses still allowed to stay open.

Still, 20% of voters said that they agreed with all the measures in place and didn't think more (or less) should be done to combat the virus.

Exactly the same amount of respondents, 57 votes, 20% of those taking part, said that measures were too strict and that we needed to learn to live with the virus.

Slightly over 2% of people said that they didn't know.

The second national lockdown came into effect on Thursday, November 5, after a vote in Parliament that saw 32 Tory MPs defy the whip and vote against the measures. This group included former Prime Minister Theresa May.
At a Downing Street press conference, Boris Johnson said of the lockdown: "The advice I have received suggests that four weeks is enough for these measures to make a real impact,” he told a Downing Street press conference.
"These rules will expire and on December 2 we plan to move back to a tiered approach. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
"These are difficult times. While it pains me to have to ask once again for so many to give up so much, I know we can get through this."
However opposition to the second lockdown is perhaps more vocal than the first; police were called to an anti-lockdown protest in London where 190 people were arrested for breaching coronavirus restrictions. Protesters, very few of whom were wearing face coverings, began to walk up The Strand soon after 6pm, chanting "freedom" and "no more lockdown".
There is much more specific opposition too – while many groups understand the need for a further lockdown, some feel that exceptions should be made in places of worship, for example, where faith leaders feel that they can implement social distancing; or outdoor sporting activities, where social distancing can be done and mental and physical health can be looked after.
On Sunday, former sports minister Tracey Crouch told BBC Radio 4’s The Westminster Hour: "I appreciate that some might think it’s just a month, but actually a month is a long time when for many people, sport is as much about therapy as it is about their own physical health.
The MP for Chatham and Aylesford gave examples of golf and tennis, telling the programme they bring joy and should still be allowed to continue.
Ms Crouch continued: "I appreciate it’s challenging for the Government because once you start opening something, then someone else comes up and says, ‘what about me – how come you can still do this, but you can’t do that?’. So I do understand the decision that the Government has taken, but I think it’s the wrong decision."
Schools remaining open is perhaps the most contentious issue – as shown in our poll – with Andrew Hayward, professor of infectious diseases epidemiology at University College London and a member of the Government’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), telling BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: "I think it’s clear that there is substantial transmission within secondary schools. And we are of course needing to prioritise education and we know that children who are infected in schools are very unlikely to have severe consequences.
"But I think one of the consequences of not closing secondary schools would be that we may need to be in lockdown for longer than we might otherwise have to be."