Living in Lockdown: Key findings from Week 9
Some people were off for a shot, like a shot. But the research panel, whose opinions we’ve been tracking, certainly weren’t first up for last orders when the pubs and restaurants opened up on 4th July. Safety wasn’t the only concern, either. Here’s what our ‘Living in Lockdown’ panel had to say.
“I don't think it's worth rushing out to spend money as if the world is back to normal when in fact the country is only just beginning to feel the economic impacts of being in lockdown for months. A severe recession being on the horizon combined with a huge spike in unemployment after the government furlough scheme ends feels like a time to save money rather than spend it.”
“I will definitely not. It is too soon. Stay home.”
Too much, too soon seems to be the overwhelming feeling when it comes to reopening the bars. It seems our panel want to take more time.
“Stay away. Numbers are rising and it's not even close to safe yet.”
“Will probably not go to restaurants for a few months after they have opened once they have had time to sort out any teething problems.”
“I'll probably wait a week or two for everything to calm down and the restaurants to get used to the new system then visit one with an outside seating area with a friend to see how it's all working and if I feel safe there.”
That’s not to say they’re not meeting friends at all.
“I am happy eating and drinking at home and meeting in parks etc. with friends.”
“I'll be staying in and going for a picnic with a takeout Subway with a friend alongside a walk and a catch up.”
Our lockdown panel are providing us with some valuable insight during this unusual time. So, we’ll continue to follow them on this emotional rollercoaster and keep you updated with any developments. To ask the panel a question or discover more about our research please contact Rachel Ditchfield (email@example.com). You can find all the weekly findings here.