Willie O’Reilly: Could the lockdown compliance ever be repeated?

By and large, the public have responded to the Covid-19 restrictions with obedience – and their changed behaviour is likely to continue for quite some time

12th July, 2020
Willie O’Reilly: Could the lockdown compliance ever be repeated?
‘Some new data shows the public are not blindly following Covid-19 instructions but, while listening, are drawing their own conclusions’. Picture: RollingNews

Social scientists and public health officials will look back at the lockdown and pore over its immediate and widespread adoption. In a liberal society, the public have reacted as one to the various restricting Covid-19 messages: wash your hands, stay safe, stay local have all entered the national lexicon and been widely adopted.

Yes, we are seeing some splintering of that unity now, particularly among the young, who as ever think themselves invincible. The crowds...

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