Covid-19 rules are leaving us tired and confused warns Sheffield health chief

Constantly changing restrictions and mixed messages from the Government are making us tired and less inclined to follow the rules, fear health chiefs.

Thursday, 24th September 2020, 12:34 pm

Sheffield's director of public health, Greg Fell, says we're in danger of getting "messaging fatigue" where we either can't understand the ever changing rules or simply stop following them.

He told a cabinet meeting that everyone had now had enough of coronavirus and restrictions.

"We all want it to be over. I certainly want it to be over but we will all have to stick with the programme for some considerable time to come.

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Greg Fell.

"I think there is some fraying of the consent to comply with the restrictions and we can't enforce our way out of this.

"We will enforce when necessary, but actually these things work by consent. So, we probably need to rebuild the consent and simplify the rules."

People are confused because the Government keeps introducing new rules and tweaking existing ones plus there are different restrictions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

There are also a number of places in the North West and North East which have localised restrictions, which are again different to national or Sheffield rules.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children and young people, said it was difficult to get people to embrace the rules because of confusing messages.

"When you can go to a pub to meet family but can't meet them in your home, people ask why? The messaging that needs to be extremely clear and fair or we will get people who don't buy into it."