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Brits polled on government decisions around Covid restrictions

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Nearly half of Brits think it was a mistake to let students go back to university. (Getty)
Nearly half of Brits think it was a mistake to let students go back to university. (Getty)

Nearly half of Brits think it was a mistake to reopen pubs and allow students back to university, a new poll has found.

The YouGov poll asked Britons for their views on a list of ten government decisions relating to coronavirus, including lockdown measures, the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, and allowing non-essential shops to open.

Respondents were asked whether, in hindsight, they thought the government was right or wrong to put certain rules in place, or whether they didn’t know.

The YouGov poll revealed Brits' opinions on the government's decisions around coronavirus rules. (YouGov)
The YouGov poll revealed Brits’ opinions on the government’s decisions around coronavirus rules. (YouGov)

The poll, carried out on September 29 and 30, found that 46% of Brits thought it was a mistake to reopen pubs, while 45% said it was wrong to allow students back to university.

However, 41% said allowing pubs to reopen was a good decision, with 40% saying students heading back was a good move.

The results come amid ongoing concerns about students’ returning to university after several have put students into self-isolation due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Brits were asked whether it was a good move to allow pubs to reopen. (PA)
Brits were asked whether it was a good move to allow pubs to reopen. (PA)

The poll suggested that of the list of ten measures, those are the only two that Brits tended to think the government was wrong to lift.

When it came to encouraging workers to return to offices, 41% thought it was the wrong thing to do but 47% said it was the right move.

Similarly, 51% thought it was right to launch the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, outnumbering those who disagreed, while 61% approved of bringing the initial lockdown to an end, 65% said it was right to allow schools to reopen, and 70%

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UK university students furious over virus restrictions

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LONDON (AP) — As authorities sought to contain COVID-19 outbreaks at British universities Sunday, some students complained they were being “imprisoned” in their dormitories and politicians debated whether young people should be allowed to go home for Christmas.

Students at universities in Glasgow, Manchester and Edinburgh — who have returned to campus in the past few weeks — are being asked to self-isolate in their residence halls, with security guards at some schools preventing young people from leaving their buildings.

While students at Glasgow University greeted the lockdown with humor, posting signs asking passersby to “send beer,” those in Manchester had a darker message, taping “HMP MMU” in their windows, suggesting the dormitory had become “Her Majesty’s Prison Manchester Metropolitan University.”

Dominic Waddell, 21, a first-year filmmaking student at MMU, said some students didn’t even receive emails informing them about the lockdown.

“There was a security guard that just arrived at the gate of our accommodation and he wasn’t letting anybody leave, not really explaining what was going on,” Waddell said. “They’re saying the safety and well-being of our students and staff and the local community is our top priority, but it doesn’t really seem like that if they haven’t allowed us time to prepare for this.”

The lockdowns come as more students headed back to campuses across the country, and some observers criticized the government’s decision to reopen universities despite forecasts that this would lead to virus outbreaks. The government defended the decision, saying it had put clear guidelines in place to protect students and staff.

“Young people have paid a huge price in this crisis. I think it’s only fair to try to get them back,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the BBC’s Andrew Marr program.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, warned that up to

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By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — As authorities sought to contain COVID-19 outbreaks at British universities Sunday, some students complained they were being “imprisoned” in their dormitories and politicians debated whether young people should be allowed to go home for Christmas.

Students at universities in Glasgow, Manchester and Edinburgh — who have returned to campus in the past few weeks — are being asked to self-isolate in their residence halls, with security guards at some schools preventing young people from leaving their buildings.

While students at Glasgow University greeted the lockdown with humor, posting signs asking passersby to “send beer,” those in Manchester had a darker message, taping “HMP MMU” in their windows, suggesting the dormitory had become “Her Majesty’s Prison Manchester Metropolitan University.”

Dominic Waddell, 21, a first-year filmmaking student at MMU, said some students didn’t even receive emails informing them about the lockdown.

“There was a security guard that just arrived at the gate of our accommodation and he wasn’t letting anybody leave, not really explaining what was going on,” Waddell said. “They’re saying the safety and well-being of our students and staff and the local community is our top priority, but it doesn’t really seem like that if they haven’t allowed us time to prepare for this.”

The lockdowns come as more students headed back to campuses across the country, and some observers criticized the government’s decision to reopen universities despite forecasts that this would lead to virus outbreaks. The government defended the decision, saying it had put clear guidelines in place to protect students and staff.

“Young people have paid a huge price in this crisis. I think it’s only fair to try to get them back,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the BBC’s Andrew Marr program.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles, the heir to the