30 Oct Coronavirus: Nottingham students say new Tier 3 rules target them unfairly | UK News
Nottingham was placed into the strictest lockdown rules today – and its measures go beyond any other area in Tier 3.
Sky News spoke to three Nottingham students who said the restrictions are unfair and target young people specifically.
Fed up of being blamed for the spread of coronavirus, this frustration comes on top of the annoyance of not being able to live a normal university life.
Molly Watkiss: ‘I was a bit gutted, but I did expect it’
“When I found out there were extra restrictions for Nottingham, I thought it was a bit harsh considering Manchester and Liverpool and other places are just in the same situation, but it’s a little bit harsher for us, which I don’t really find fair.
“It’s really annoying because we’re following the rules and everything – we’re not doing anything extremely bad – but it’s still as if it’s all our fault even though the government told us to come back to uni.”
Tarah Jackson: ‘We’re being blamed for the rise in cases’
“So we’re being scapegoated for the rise, but we’re also being restricted, and our experiences are being taken away. It’s like the worst of both words.
“I think the government need to take responsibility for their actions and they need to be decisive about what actually is happening because I don’t even know the rules.
I think it’s so hard to find what the rules are.”
Kayleigh Lieu: ‘Students are getting more and more frustrated’
“We obviously can’t go out and socialise, we have to stay in with the people we’re living with. And it doesn’t help, the fact that we have to stay at home for uni and we’re paying £9,000 for it.
“I’m never going in for lectures and we have to question why we’re paying so much just for one session a week online where we end up teaching ourselves anyway.”
Minutes before the city moved into Tier 3, many young people partied in Nottingham’s streets to celebrate Halloween in an effort to take advantage of their last night of relative freedom.
The next day, those streets fell silent.