Chesterfield Live readers have their say on tougher lockdown restrictions

The Prime Minister has revealed that the Government may have to implement tougher restrictions if people continue to defy Covid rules.

After crowds were pictured in open spaces and in parks over the weekend, England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty said the only way to prevent avoidable deaths was “to stay at home whenever possible”.

The country is currently in a national lockdown, with all non-essential shops closed and children being home-schooled for the foreseeable.

This leaves questions to what restrictions could be enforced that were stricter than those already in place.

We asked Chesterfield Live readers if they thought that tougher restrictions were needed in their community – the responses were overwhelmingly in agreement for bringing in harsher rules.

Richard Aubert said: “So many people shopping on the retail parks in Chesterfield over the weekend for non essential items its was a complete and utter joke.”

One comment, from Timothy Davies, favoured the extreme approach stating that, “curfew and military [are] needed”.

Recently, people have been receiving fines for driving to exercise at Derbyshire beauty spots, which sparked some discussion on the post.

Adam Törincsi said: “Yes. No non essential car journeys, all walks to start and finish at home, no mixing households outside of home. Tougher police action.”

Liz King said: “People stop driving for a walk! Just walk as far as you can or want from your front door!”

Michaela Hauptner said: “I took my horses out to exercise yesterday and I was shocked how many people some of them in large groups no masks where out walking. Some people just don’t get it how dangerous this virus is.”

Fears for the NHS provisions and the selfishness of those not already following the rules also became the topic of much of the conversation.

Julie Ra Ra said: “Wouldn’t need it if people just stuck to the rules already in place. As with everything in life, it’s the small minority who spoil it for the rest. The NHS is overpowered by this disease. They are even running low on oxygen! God help any of us if we have any sort of accident or any sudden onset of a serious illness and need an ambulance or admission to hospital.”

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