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Healthwatch Bexley report on feedback received by local residents on the Covid-19 pandemic during August and September 2020.
Whilst some residents had started to use public transport, visiting shops and hospitality venues, and returning to the workplace, others had feelings of apprehension as lockdown rules eased. There was concern that the changes are happening too fast. People expressed fears that the opening up of businesses and schools would lead to a second wave. The idea of localised lock downs if the number of cases in any one area was to rise significantly was welcomed.
Residents felt that social distancing rules are an area of concern as people appear to be disregarding them. Parents of children with learning disabilities were concerned that other people didn’t understand how difficult it was for their children to understand social distancing.
Most residents have been wearing face coverings as directed by the government. Some residents commented on the abuse they have received or felt they might receive for not wearing a face covering.
For some residents, the fear of catching Covid-19 is impacting their willingness to access health and social care services. Some residents are under the impression that GP practices are closed and face to face appointments are not happening.