Is the 2 meter rule a 'necessary' culprit ? I was reading that on the Paris metro, every other seat was marked out of use and floor markings had been laid out to show people where they can safely stand. It doesn't sound as though they are employing a 2m rule.Yes the balance. I see cases of people flaunting the rules for no benefit but for themselves and they do it in the belief that it won't hurt them - selfish. I think we need to relax lockdown as much as we dare. i am horrified that advice is to avoid public transport as this will make the roads terrible. But the 2 meter distancing rule is the necessary culprit.
The government has said that a fully functioning rail system would only have capacity for 10% of its normal levels. Well we could cut commuting to 80% if people worked four longer days. then by changing peoples start and finish times we could get four different rush hours so down to 20%. This could be achieved either within companies Or varying start & finish times on a company-by-company basis. Halve the 20% because of home working and we arrive at 10%. Bit simplistic but I think, in the long run, we have to modify the way live and work anyway.
The elderly and otherwise vulnerable is a difficult one. Care home staff would still be mixing in the big bad world unless they 'live in' which assumes the staff have no other life.
I should say I am not suffering from lock-down as I am still at work. Nature of work has changed to be dominated by cleaning and we have extra temps in to help with that. My partner is a chef in a private hospital and now gets a lift from me in the morning but uses the bus to get back home. So my biggest risk is her bus use. But in the long run I realise neither of us will have jobs if the economy implodes !.