People in Yorkshire don’t necessarily think the tier system is right, but they think following the rules is key to avoiding harsher restrictions, or lowering them.
According to our latest survey, 46% of people who responded on YorkshireLive think where they live is in the right tier as lockdown is lifted today (December 2).
Of those who responded, 44% said they weren’t in the right tier and 11% weren’t sure.
Based on the survey, which received 1,437 responses, 50% think different parts of Yorkshire should be in different tiers, while 47% think putting towns and cities into different areas would be confusing.
People in Yorkshire generally wouldn’t have preferred to have stayed in a national lockdown – 49% said we shouldn’t have, compared to 43% who said we should have.
When it comes to the restrictions imposed by the tier system, just 24% think they’re just right.
Of those who think they need adjusting, 38% said they are too tough and 38% said they’re not tough enough.
Asked what was most important going forward to ensure areas either stay in their tier or go lower, 65% said people needed to follow the rules.
They also thought it was important that people wore masks as they’re supposed to (62%), kept social distancing (63%), and self-isolated where appropriate (58%).
Other things that people thought might be helpful to stay in or drop a tier level were people being tested regularly (45%), hospitalisations continuing to fall (43%), and regular updates on the local situation so people can behave appropriately (42%).
The change to tiers has made 28% of respondents change their Christmas plans, while 62% haven’t and 10% haven’t settled on a plan yet.
Across Reach’s national and regional titles, just over half of those surveyed (54%) thought where they live was in the right tier. But 39% don’t think they’re in the right level of restrictions.
A similar proportion (52%) think leaving national lockdown was the right thing to do, compared to 39% who thought we should have stayed in.
Just under a quarter of people (23%) think the restrictions where they live are just right. People were slightly more likely (39%) to think they were too tough than not tough enough (37%).
As tiers come into force, nearly a third (31%) of people nationally said they have changed their Christmas plans as a result, although 57% haven’t.
With 99% of the population now in Tier 2 or 3, following the rules was cited most often (68%) as the key to staying in their current Tier or moving down to one with lighter restrictions.
Other things that people thought would help were social distancing (64%), wearing a mask (63%), and self-isolating when needed (60%).