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How are you feeling about the proposed easing of restrictions in July?

AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 264 Moderator
Just wanted to check in and see how everyone is feeling because I know there are a wide-range of opinions and emotions surrounding the government's plans/choices. I thought it might be useful to talk it out and maybe learn from each other? <3


  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 264 Moderator
    I personally plan to keep wearing masks and social distancing, particularly as not everyone is double vaxxed in the country yet :)
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck Definition of a mental mess and a certified lost cause :) EnglandPosts: 2,118 Boards Champion
    I think it's a bit early tbh, but it's a step to a positive future, i mean they wouldnt do this if they thought it would cause bad stuff again right?

    I can't wait for things to be like they were though, so I'm a bit torn inbetween. Cases where I am are very high, so I think they should make the local councils decide based in cases or something.
    I know you've heard this before, but you've got to be strong now...
  • OliOli Posts: 76 Boards Initiate
    I'm with you, @AislingDM. I think I will continue to wear my mask for the time being. Not only for COVID, but I've also found it really helps me with my social anxiety. I wonder if anyone else has experienced the same?
  • PhoebsflowersPhoebsflowers Posts: 32 Boards Initiate
    I’ll admit I’m feeling a bit nervous that masks are going to become optional in England. Even though I’ve had both of my vaccines, I’m still vulnerable and I think it’s a bit early to change things so suddenly. I think public places like shops and transport should still have tougher restrictions in place to keep everyone safe.
    I don’t know what anyone else thinks about the mask situation?
  • independent_independent_ Resident Coffee Addict ScotlandPosts: 6,947 Master Poster
    I’m in Scotland and I think we’ve made the right decision by delaying the full easing by a few weeks. I think England should really keep an eye on their situation for a few more weeks given that it seems to be changing very rapidly atm, with cases going up. It’s worth keeping an eye on the hospital numbers etc and if they don’t go up dramatically, then people might feel more comfortable.

    That said, I don’t think I’d choose to wear a mask in most situations (with the possible exception of public transport). Especially once I’ve had my second vaccine.

    I won’t miss having to book everything, even the pub across the road from me is operating on a bookings only policy at the moment (you can book 5 minutes in advance, but still) there’s something I miss about being able to take trips out and change plans spontaneously.
    “Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.”
  • AidanAidan Clever idiot Posts: 3,029 Boards Guru
    edited July 9
    I'm feeling good about it! I've had both my vaccines so I know it's very very very unlikely I'm going to die from COVID, but I can understand the caution of people who haven't yet had the chance for their 2nd jab.

    I'm not worried about ditching face masks; studies showed face mask were effective but only when combined with social distancing, and people were foregoing social distancing I think because they had a face mask and it made them feel safe, and you had to lean in closer to people to hear them properly etc. I hope though that businesses won't decide to continue with covid measures despite it not being law, as it would be very chaotic being able to go in some places without a mask or distancing but not in others. The rules have always been confusing and the goal posts ever changing - for once we need one rule for all.
    but idk tho
  • DandelionDandelion Posts: 1,253 Wise Owl
    I’m not feeling good about it at all, I think it’s way too early. There are still 30’000 cases a day which is insane. I know the number of deaths has decreased but they always increase a little while after the cases rise. I think if we can just keep wearing masks and social distancing for a bit longer it will make things slightly better. I personally will keep on wearing a mask because it’s so easy to do and if it can help reduce the number of cars then at least that’s something.
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  • lovemimoonlovemimoon 🦋 Posts: 1,832 Extreme Poster
    edited July 9
    I have a mixed reaction; I can see its positive impacts that doesn't change that the virus is still out there. It doesn't change the fact that there are still cases out there.
    I'm hoping that whilst we do enjoy our freedom, we can be mindful of our safety and that this battle isn't over just yet.
    I'm still going to continue wearing a mask.

    I'm also aware that one of the vaccines has a rare side effect that's had people hospitalised(?) (Correct me if I'm wrong) and there's a been a lot of reluctance with getting the vaccine. (Might start a different thread on this since this might be for a different conversation). So even if the lockdown has been eased, there's also some concerns that needs to be addressed.

    On the other hand, the lockdown has also impacted our daily lives abruptly. So it might take a lot of time for some people to readjust back to their daily routine.

    Honestly, it's just a lot to take in. :sweat::sweat_smile:
  • RileyRiley Posts: 792 Super Moderator
    I'm honestly kind of worried, we've already have the restrictions eased multiple times before and each time it led to a big uptick in cases and deaths. I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens, the vaccine is definitely a factor to consider but as others have mentioned not everybody is fully vaccinated yet.
  • DancerDancer Bog Off Justine! Posts: 5,670 Part of The Furniture
    There are some aspects of lockdown lifting that I feel excited about but also some aspects of lockdown lifting that I feel worried about such as the rules on face coverings.
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  • GreenTeaGreenTea ☕🌻☕ MidlandsPosts: 11,612 An Original Mixlorian
    I don't know how I feel tbh
    I got on a bus yesterday and nobody but me was wearing a mask. There was at least 7-8 other people who did not have a mask. Im kinda at a point now where I've learnt to live with the threat of covid. I've had covid. I've had both vaccines. I've done what I can to protect myself

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  • zaynab_5zaynab_5 Sometimes I pretend to be normal but it gets boring so I go back to being me :) LondonPosts: 1,313 Wise Owl
    The thing is our government is so stupid. As soon as they see that there are less cases everyday, they let everyone out, and guess what, the cases rise again. They should keep the lockdown for at least another month so that everyone's more safe.

    I'm going to still wear a mask for my own safety, also I don't like showing my face, and I definitely don't want covid again for the third time haha.
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 264 Moderator
    I see what you mean @LorryTruck , like we are all desperate to just get back to some normalcy! It still feels a little worrying on the level of case and (sadly) death numbers being high but fingers crossed we're going in the right direction, at least with most people getting vaxxed.

    Couldn't agree more @Oli ! I tend to go red when I get nervous and embarrassed and so the mask covers most of that up nicely haha! I'm glad to hear some positivity has been derived from this for you <3

    Yeah yeah 100% we all need to be thinking about the most at-risk people in the country @Phoebsflowers ! Bless your heart, I am sure this is causing you a fair amount of worry. I couldn't agree more about certain places maintaining restrictions, thankfully I've seen a lot of info about supermarkets, Uber and public transport keeping masks at the bare minimum!

    Yeah it seems like a lot of other countries have had a much more appropriate response to the virus throughout the last 18 months! But yes defo agree about missing the spontaneity, being unable to turn up somewhere without a lot of foresight can be very frustrating. @independent_

    I get you ! @Aidan like coming out of this (regardless of whether it's a good idea or not) is always going to be confusing because certain places will stop masks sooner than others and I do wonder often if things will ever go back truly to 'normal'? I must say I have been enjoying the lack of colds/flus I have had as a result of enhanced hygiene and masks in public spaces.

    I agree, I think it's also fairly concerning that the NHS could become overwhelmed and if we are not careful enough this summer then we could be back in another lockdown over winter which feels even more concerning! @Dandelion :(

    Yes completely @lovemimoon ! It makes so much sense to be in such a dual mindset about this, like there are clear benefits and clear drawbacks to easing restrictions and I think it's hard because a lot of people (myself included) have a hard time trusting the government's plans, especially when lots of experts disagree?? But equally there is the en-masse mental ill-health caused by the lockdown and lack of social support so, it's a tough one! (P.s. I love your profile pic!)

    Couldn't agree more @Riley ! I think another concerning thing about the lack of double vaccinated people is that a fair number of those are young people (as we got the opportunity later on to get vaxxed) and we are likely to go to crowded events (like clubs) and so I am not putting the onus upon young people, but it does feel worrying how fast the virus could spread in these settings before we're all double vaxxed!

    100% it really is such a complex reaction to such a complex period of time @Dancer :(

    I love to hear how proactive you are at keeping yourself (and others safe) @GreenTea ! But yeah 100% like seeing people do a 180 on masks so fast after the easing of restrictions must be scary, tbh I do not look forward to my first trip out to the supermarket after my isolation :/

    Defo! @zaynab_5 like it feels like the pattern of easing restrictions and rising cases is so clear and evident. I think we should at least be waiting till we reach 90% double vaxxed across the country (where possible, I know it's harder for certain groups to access the vaccine or feel comfortable getting it e.g., sex workers).

    Thank you everyone for being so insightful here, I really appreciate gaining everyone's perspective as it helps me to better understand where everyone is at atm in terms of covid :)

  • coc0maccoc0mac Posts: 901 Part of The Mix Family
    This is a great thread, great to see everyone's perspectives! It would be interesting to see how everyone is feeling now that the "freedom day" (I don't like that term haha!) has arrived? :heart:

    I'm sure it's different everywhere, but I have noticed that not a huge difference has happened where I am. Lots of people, including myself, are still wearing their masks like normal. Which is reassuring to see!
  • OliOli Posts: 76 Boards Initiate
    coc0mac wrote: »
    This is a great thread, great to see everyone's perspectives! It would be interesting to see how everyone is feeling now that the "freedom day" (I don't like that term haha!) has arrived? :heart:

    I'm sure it's different everywhere, but I have noticed that not a huge difference has happened where I am. Lots of people, including myself, are still wearing their masks like normal. Which is reassuring to see!

    Yeah, it's very much the same where I am, @coc0mac. 90% of people are still wearing masks indoors and on public transport. Which like you say, is comforting to see!
  • coc0maccoc0mac Posts: 901 Part of The Mix Family
    That's fab @Oli, very comforting for sure!
  • AnnieDPAnnieDP Posts: 20 Boards Initiate
    I'm in the same boat as you, @coc0mac and @Oli, lots of people are still wearing masks in my area even if they don't have to. It gives me a lot of faith that so many people are continuing to take the pandemic seriously and willing to do things that further help other people!

    Definitely makes things feel more secure than I expected :)
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 264 Moderator
    Yeah completely agree @coc0mac !!! people appear to be remaining safe and cautious, for me I am mostly seeing people forgetting a mask and still choosing to go into the shops, which admittedly, is not great but at least generally people still seem pretty on it =) I am continuing to conduct myself the way I have the whole pandemic and certainly won't be considering changing until at least having my second vax <3
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