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‘It had to be done’: What people think of the new lockdown

Written by on 5 January 2021

Millions of people woke up on Tuesday to find they were once again subject to a national lockdown as efforts to tackle rising COVID-19 infections were ramped up.

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday evening that tougher new restrictions were being put in place across England and a “stay at home” order issued for people in Scotland, Sky News spoke to people to see what they thought of the measures and how it was handled.

Retired couple Doug and Isabel Little were taking their permitted outdoor exercise along the River Nith in Dumfries in southwest Scotland.

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Mrs Little told Sky News: “We did need another lockdown I think and you get the impression that none of the politicians wanted to do another lockdown but they’ve got no other choice.

“I can understand why some people have broken the rules it is tempting to think it won’t make a difference, particularly in quieter rural areas, but it does now feel down to us all again to do our bit.”

Mr Little added: “It’s a long slog now this winter and many people will struggle – we just need the vaccines as soon as possible.”

Mark Smith, owner of King’s Coffee and Books in Dumfries, said the latest lockdown in Scotland felt “sad but ultimately it has to be done”.

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“There are many people that are already struggling with the bills, with food or often it’s just loneliness and we need to all work together to try and alleviate those problems. I am hopeful though – the vaccine does bring hope.”

Hospital admin worker Judith Spencer said she hoped people abided by the rules this time
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Hospital admin worker Judith Spencer said she hoped people abided by the rules this time

In the Wiltshire town of Marlborough, which until Monday evening was in Tier 3, hospital admin worker Judith Spencer said the lockdown “needed to happen”.

She said: “I just hope people abide by the rules. We’re full again at the hospital, we have a lot of staff off sick and it’s been really tough.”

Jeweller David Dudley decided to shut his shop last month
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Jeweller David Dudley decided to shut his shop last month

Jeweller David Dudley said he had already decided to shut his Marlborough shop for a month last week to protect his staff and avoid people coming in from neighbouring Tier 4 areas.

“I could see it was getting worse and something had to be done,” he said

“I try to be positive. Once we get through this everybody will go to parties and hopefully buy jewellery as well, I’m sure some will want to cheer their wives up.”

Sisters Amanda Prosser and Ross Barry said the lockdown should have come sooner
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Sisters Amanda Prosser and Ross Barry said the lockdown should have come sooner

Marlborough sisters Amanda Prosser and Ross Barry said a national lockdown should have come into force sooner.

Mrs Prosser said she did not believe the prime minister’s timeline for easing restrictions and has had “enough of mixed messages”.

“It really is depressing, it’s just never ending. It’s worse this time but I think the lockdown should have happened before Christmas really.”

Mrs Barry added: “Marlborough is made up of a lot of small businesses, already a lot of them have gone and more will go now. We knew lockdown was coming it should have been done at the beginning of December.”