Lockdown survey: 73% would prefer 'slow removal' of restrictions

With Boris Johnson set to announce changes to the lockdown on Sunday, a JPIMedia survey has revealed that almost 3 out of 4 people would prefer to see a slow removal of restrictions.

The survey, running across this website and 150 others across the UK, looks at attitudes towards the lockdown, from schools reopening to what people are most looking forward to returning.

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There was a clear majority who would prefer to see a cautious route out of the lockdown, as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Survey participants were asked: 'Which of the following best describes your view on how the UK should approach coming out of lockdown?'

Of those who answered:

  • 4% chose a 'rapid removal of restrictions
  • 21% chose a 'steady removal of restrictions'
  • 73% chose a 'slow removal of restrictions'
  • 1% chose 'don't know/not sure'

Unease over return to public places

A majority also said they would be concerned about going back to public places.

When asked for their feelings about returning to places like shops, bars, restaurants and cinemas, 36% said they would be "very concerned", 40% said they would be "slightly concerned", 12% said they would be "not very concerned", 10% said they would be "not at all concerned", and 1% answered "don't know / not sure".

The JPIMedia lockdown survey is still open, and you can have you say here.

These results come as the government reminds the public that the lockdown restrictions remain in place over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Talking on BBC Breakfast today, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the Prime Minister's speech at 7pm on Sunday would set out a "cautious" approach for the UK.

"On Sunday, what the prime minister will do is set out the road map ahead," he said.

"So we can start to look to the future, but we'll have to do so in a very tentative and cautious way. People should not expect big changes from the prime minister on Sunday.

"But what they should expect, and this is what people have been asking for some time, tell us where we're going. Give us a road map ahead. And that is what the prime minister will do."

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