How are you finding the rule of six here in Plymouth?
As the country is heading in the direction of tighter rules and restrictions once more, we wanted to know what you thought of the once that have already been in force – when it was announced that no more than six people were permitted to socially gather at one time.
Whether you believe that stricter action should have been taken much sooner, or if you’re eager to start living as normal as possible – everyone has a different opinion on the pandemic rules and guidelines.
It may be that you feel as though the government has been very clear on what you can and can’t do from the start, or you may still be left confused and unsure.
A whopping 5,000 of you got back to us with your thoughts, and the people of Plymouth have spoken.
Here is what you had to say.
It may or may not surprise you to know that the majority of you are in agreement with the latest measures.
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In fact, 76% of readers that took part said that they agreed with the 6 limit number for gatherings.
Those that answered no were asked to explain their reasoning, and here are a selection of answers.
“The virus needs to run its course, restrictions on gatherings will only delay future outbreaks and prolong the ordeal.”
“I have been following the rules strictly but its a shame I can’t meet a friend with her children, yet a group of 6 people from all different households could meet up.”
“My wife and I disagree with children counting in the 6. If children are important in the count, then why are they still going to school with other children of different households?We have two sons with three children each, both work all week so they can only see us both on a Sunday but if we counted the children there will be six adults so one family will not be able to visit us.”
“I don’t agree with pubs closing earlier, I think tighter restrictions on alcohol from 10 is more appropriate. I don’t agree with the rule of 6 including children. I think that the impact on the public’s mental health is likely to cause a bigger issue than coronavirus..”
“No, I don’t agree with the latest rules. Just keep your were possible or wear a mask but its time to get back to normal and get on with life.
81% of you that took part said that you think restrictions should have been re tightened again much sooner than they were.
However, you were much more divided when it came to the permitted numbers for funerals, weddings and civil partnerships.
When asked whether you thought the number of people allowed to attend these events should be higher, 46% of you said that you felt that they should be.
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While just 37% of you feel like it was right to exclude organised sports and places of worship from the rule.
We also asked how clear you feel like the coronavirus guidance in Plymouth is, which divided opinions further.
19% opted for the highest score of 5, meaning you don’t feel like things could be much clearer, while almost the same percentage, 18% went for the opposite end of the scale at number 1.
Other answers were all somewhere in the middle while 3 was most common.
So, it’s safe to say that the coronavirus rules and restrictions are continuing to divide society, with each person entitled to their own opinion regarding the pandemic.
Ultimately though, we must all continue to do our bit to follow government advice and keep our friends and family safe.
Keep an eye on Plymouth Live, for more coronavirus related surveys to come.