September 19, 2020

Coronavirus lockdown breakers: ‘We got a dirty look and I called it to an end’

More than 9,000 fines were issued by police in England to people breaking the lockdown. While the vast majority are obeying the lockdown rules, a small minority are resistant to them.

The government’s health advisors say we are just over the peak of the coronavirus pandemic and sticking to the lockdown is crucial save lives. Here, three people explain why they didn’t.

Sarah, 39, London
Two of my best friends are in a couple. Both said they had the virus a few weeks ago. They hadn’t been tested but they had all the symptoms. Last weekend they sent me a message saying they were coming to East London to see people from a safe social distance.

I said to stop and wave when they got to my house. But when they arrived outside I thought we’re going to have to invite them in. Part of it was the weather. It was so beautiful it lulled me into a sense of false security.

I live near a canal path and last weekend I felt there were more people out drinking and getting together. Plus my mum’s friends have all been meeting up secretly for walks and they are in the at-risk category as well.

It was so exciting to see friends again and have that human interaction but very quickly I started to feel very guilty.

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