On 29 March 2020, it was noted that globally, two camps are emerging in the policy debate around how governments should respond to the COVID-19 pandemic . The ‘lockdowners’ argue for tighter restrictions, succinctly summarised by New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s instructions to “act like you have COVID-19”  or more formally defined as mandatory mass quarantine. The lockdowners’ argument is that reducing the duration of the crisis period will reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and decrease the period of disruption to the economy.
- pandemic lockdowns
- decision analysis