The impact of lockdown on Bristol people, and the effects of the continued COVID restrictions, is being measured in a new survey so people can be better supported.
Open to all Bristol residents from Tuesday 29 September, the ‘COVID-19 Bristol survey’ will help the council understand the scale of the challenges people are facing and what actions might be needed to help everyone prevent the further spread of infection.
The survey will find out citizens’ concerns should there be a local lockdown, what the mandatory wearing of face coverings might prevent people from doing and how people feel about COVID-19 testing and self-isolating. Information from the anonymous survey, will help identify the key reasons people might not adhere to guidance, or might need additional support.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “During these unprecedented times it is crucial we understand how the pandemic is affecting the lives of local people as everyone’s experience is different. We are all finding the guidelines tough, but we all need to pull together to prevent further infections and restrictions. It’s vital that Bristol citizens feel supported, and have all the information they need to understand why these restrictions are in place.
“Along with the rest of the country, Bristol has seen a rise in cases of COVID-19 and we want to avoid lockdown again. I would encourage everyone in our city to share their views in the survey so we can move forward together.”
Sado Jirde from Black South West Network, who sits on the council’s COVID-19 Local Engagement Board, added: “This is a challenging time for us all, with many people worried about their families and income, as well as the local community and economy. We want to hear from as many people as possible in Bristol, from across all communities, wards and neighbourhoods. No matter your age, ethnicity or background your opinion is important and we want to hear how COVID-19 has affected you and what your key concerns are so collectively we can better support our communities.
“We urge everyone to be as honest and open as possible. We aren’t doing this survey to identify people who may not agree with the restrictions or who may have conflicting views on the guidelines currently in place. We simply want to know how we can further support Bristol’s citizens.”
The survey is open today (29 September) for four weeks, closing on Tuesday 27 October.
The survey can be completed at: www.bristol.gov.uk/covid19bristolsurvey
You can request alternative formats of this survey by contacting the consultation team on email@example.com or by calling 0117 922 2848.