Gazette readers think stricter coronavirus restrictions should continue for 'extremely vulnerable' - this is what you said

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As the UK heads into the seventh week of lockdown due to the coronavirus, talk of how restrictions could be lifted in the future is increasing. But should stricter regulations continue for those classed as ‘extremely vulnerable’ to the virus?

That’s the question we put to Gazette readers on Facebook this week, with hundreds of people casting their votes in our poll.

A total of 66% voted that more restrictions should remain in place for those classed as extremely vulnerable by the NHS and Government; particularly those in the over-70s category.

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This is what you said on the Northumberland Gazette Facebook page:

Lockdown measures have been in place since March 24.Lockdown measures have been in place since March 24.
Lockdown measures have been in place since March 24.

Dennis Grant: “Only if all over-70s are treated exactly the same, including MPs. Some of us are still physically active and do not have any underlying health problems.”

Paul White: “Definitely need to lockdown the over-70s for another 6 weeks, we need to protect the NHS.”

June Parkin: “I'm one of the vulnerable, but at the end of the next six weeks left I'll be a wreck. It's a matter of taking greater care when we do get let outside. I've no garden, which makes it worse as it does with many more.”

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Shelley Darby: “Yes, strict rules should remain for over-70s. That's if they want to listen to advice.”

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Sally Gordon: “NO I'm not being treated like a prisoner in my own home again. I had enough of being in lockdown, when I lived at Island View, Amble in the 70/80s.”

Carl Pearson: “I think it should be stricter for every one.”

Linda Henshall Brown: “I'm 70 and I no even without underlying health problems my body is not like it used be my lungs can’t be the same as someone younger.”

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Tom Jardine: “Considering this virus is bad across all age groups, I think the elderly who are high risk should obviously isolate, but visiting my grandma who has went downhill since lockdown is a really worry not seeing anyone. Would it not be safer if over-70s wore masks and social distanced?”

Isabel Watson: “I’m 73 and don’t feel vulnerable, it depends on the person.”

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