This is when Northumberland Gazette readers think life will return to normal after the pandemic

Northumberland Gazette readers have had their say on when they think a sense of normality will return - and what the outcomes of the pandemic might be.

By Gazette Reporter
Friday, 15th May 2020, 5:34 pm
Updated Sunday, 17th May 2020, 10:14 am

Our lockdown survey asked readers 25 questions about how the coronavirus crisis has shaped the lives, opinions and habits of people in Northumberland - and what they’d like to see happen in the coming weeks and months.

One of the questions in the survey focused on what comes next - asking readers when they think everyday life will return to some kind of normality.

Today we can reveal how readers in Northumberland answered.

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Gazette readers have had their say in our Lockdown Survey.

The majority of Gazette readers - 35.5% - said they thought it would take 1-2 years for everyday life to return to normal, while 29.6% said between six and 12 months.

Readers who thought this would happen in more than six years in the minority - 1.6%.

On a national level, 39.4% of respondents said they thought it would take 1-2 years for everyday life to return to normality, while 34.2% were more optimistic, saying it would take 6-12 months for this to happen.

Just 8.4% think this will happen in 3-5 months, and only a tiny percentage of respondents - 5.9% - think it’ll take between 3-5 years, while 8.54% said that they think things will not return to normal.

When asked what they thought the likely outcomes of the coronavirus outbreak would be, the majority of readers (57.5%) said they thought it would be society placing greater value on key workers.

Other likely outcomes were greater funding for the NHS (54.8%) and communities coming closer together (41.9%).

The least popular option was the country coming closer together, which just 12.9% of readers thought would be a likely outcome.

On a national level, a high number of respondents - 58.9% - think greater funding for the NHS will be a likely outcome, followed closely by society placing greater value on key workers, which 56.6% of respondents thought would happen post-pandemic.

The least popular option - “the country coming closer together” - was seen as a likely outcome by 18.8% of respondents.