'I'm sick of covid now' West Norfolk talks about the latest restrictions as Omicron variant sparks concern
Today marked the reintroduction of covid restrictions, as Brits are asked to wear masks in shops and on public transport once again.
The emergence of the Omicron variant has sparked concerns, as it contains a high level of spike protein,potentially making the newly discovered strain more transmissible.
Boris Johnson confirmed two days ago that there would be new temporary and precautionary measures following the emergence of the variant.
This will be up for review in three weeks.
The Lynn News asked the people of Downham about how they felt about these new restrictions, with some declaring they were "sick of covid".
The mood has changed from last year, where many people expressed fear about the virus and their health, this year people spoke of being "inconvenienced".
Face coverings are such a familiar sight now, that Downham didn't seem that much different from how it did yesterday.
However, it was noticeable that more people wore masks walking around in the open air.
Tommy Fayer, a 33-year-old engineer from Lynn said: "I'm just here for the day seeing friends and they agree with me, that enough is enough.
"I'm sick of covid now, I'm sick of restrictions and as much as possible, I won't be wearing a mask.
"I've had two vaccines, so I'm not anti-vax and I fully believe in the virus- but if we came out of lockdown because of the vaccine and it's working, why are we getting restricted again?
"I just want to live life again and forget about covid, I know that sound stupid but it's true it's pretty depressing living like this.
"This whole thing stopped making sense for me a long time ago."
Tommy's friend James* agrees, he said: "I've had enough too, I've got a holiday booked for next year and I just feel utterly deflated knowing it might be changed.
"I know people are dying, I know we have to look after each other, but I want to have a normal Christmas and see my family -Boris waited too long last year to tell us what was going on, and that's probably going to happen again."
Kay Renton, who works in a supermarket said: "When I started this morning, people clearly forgot about the new rules as may came in without masks on.
"I think it's important to be safe but it's pretty inconvenient - I threw all of mine away in August and haven't been wearing them so had to buy a load more.
"I've had covid so I'm not worried about catching it, just my family getting it.
"We do have to move on though and hopefully have a normal Christmas."
Sofia Danes, 70, was going to do her weekly shop.
She said: "I always wear a mask anyway so it doesn't make much difference for me.
"I'm not impressed with this government though, keep chopping and changing things, I hope we don't go into lockdown again."
A group of young men aged 17 didn't want to give their names but they gave their opinion.
Some of them would have been 15 when the pandemic started and would have come of age during a national lockdown.
One said: "I'm not getting the vaccine and all these rules exist to keep us under control, everyone is obedient and acting like sheep it's pathetic."
Another admitted: "I have had the vaccine, but only because my mum's a nurse and scared me into it, I don't really think it works because otherwise we wouldn't be having all these restrictions again?
"It's been the worst two years of our lives and we all agree."
When asked whether they thought covid existed they all said yes.
However they had something to say about the Omicron variant.
"It's an anagram for moronic have you seen that on Facebook?"
According to GOV.uk:"The Omicron variant contains a large number of spike protein mutations as well as mutations in other parts of the viral genome.
"Urgent work is ongoing internationally to fully understand how these mutations may change the behaviour of the virus with regards to vaccines, treatments and transmissibility.
"Vaccines remain our best line of defence."
Over 16 million people have already come forward for their booster jabs, and there has been a fall in hospitalisations and deaths.