Derbyshire Live readers overwhelmingly agree with return to national lockdown

Derbyshire Live readers are extremely in favour of the UK’s return to a full lockdown, according to our latest survey.

The survey has been present in a large portion of our articles and was answered by 6,181 people.

Its aim was to understand the people of Derby’s opinions about the latest lockdown.

A total of 88% of those who answered said they agreed with this measure, introduced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday January 4.

The results of the survey suggest that not only are people in Derbyshire in favour of the lockdown, but they also think it could be tougher in some ways.

Most people (84%) backed the main rule to stay at home, except for when people have legally-permitted excuses to go out.

When it comes to schools, Derbyshire Live readers backed the closures and return to virtual learning for most pupils – with 83% of those who responded agreeing with this policy.

A majority (81%) also agreed with plans for university students to stay where they are and study virtually until mid-February.

However, just over half of those surveyed (51%) wanted nurseries to close compared to 33% who wanted them to stay open.

As well as half believing that stricter rules should be brought in regarding education, 42% of readers believed that the £200 fixed penalty notice for those found to be breaching lockdown was not enough.

Forty per cent of people believe the figure to be fair.

This information comes in the same week that Derbyshire police have been under scrutiny for their “over-zealous” handling of enforcement, according to the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

There has been a large police presence in parks across the county, which 58% of Derbyshire Live readers believe should stay open while other outdoor attractions should close.

A further 71% were in support of gyms and outdoor pools closing and 59% agree with the rule stating that pubs cannot sell takeaway pints.

One rule change compared to the March lockdown that did get the backing of people in Derbyshire was allowing one person to take exercise outside with another person from a different household, which 66% agreed with.

Not all Government guidance is supported by our readers, with 56% believing that elite sport, such as the Premier League, should be halted – compared to the 33% who were in favour of it.

Almost half (48%) also felt that places of worship should be closed and not remain open for individual prayer.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News