READING as a town seems to be echoing the 'confused' mood of the country following the Prime Minister's lockdown update speech last night (May 11).

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Many have criticised the speech, in which Boris Johnson said schools and non-essential shops will remain shut until at least June, and those who cannot work from home should go to work, as being 'unclear' and 'vague'.

Reading residents, responding to the speech, have largely been left with 'unanswered questions'.

Anna Seller commented: "I'd absolutely love to know the thoughts behind sending reception and Year 1 back first - the ones that are less likely to wash their hands properly and keep their distance, and do not actually need an education at that age."

Some were concerned about sending vulnerable children back to school while the country still faces a high rate of coronavirus cases.

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Igma Kaminska said: "My daughter is in Year 6 and has to go back to school - she is at risk because she has asthma, we go to school by two buses.

"I can't imagine, I am depressed - who decided about reception Year one and Year 6 should go back to school and other children - terribly bad and ill-considered decision!"

As many across the country feel confused by what has or hasn't changed, Reading remains no exception.

"It's still not clear what we should do," said Carol Thomas, while Gilly Lea added: "It was not clear, it was not helpful.

"There are inconsistencies and unanswered questions.

"Government guidance needs to be black and white and realistic.

"Not open to interpretation.

"There also needs to be coordinated planning and a consistent message across the UK."

Leo Papagni said: "Can anyone explain me, what are the effective changes he announced?"

Andrew Lenaghan advised patience at this time, saying: "Let's all take one day at a time, this pandemic isn’t just going to disappear over night - we are in this for the long haul."

Some, however, were pleased by the news.

Matt J C Harper said: "Keep calm carry on.

"Go to work. Free will is your right."

Lynne C Colman said: "It’s clear, they are backed by our best experts, they’ve worked out the risk.

"They will be answering our questions and different scenarios over the weeks ahead like last time."

Reading Chronicle:

Responding to a poll posted on The Chronicle's Facebook page yesterday morning, 66 per cent (182 people) of voters said they were nervous about the speech, fearing it would be too soon for any changes.

Meanwhile, 34 per cent (92 people) said they were not nervous, and eager to hear about an update.