Do people have to have it spelled out now ?
Yes, if they are being told one thing one minute and another the next.
A friend of mine has booked a short break (UK, and nowhere near other people, before you tell her that you wouldn't be doing it) during half term, and has only today found that people in her area may be being advised not to travel. Of course it's fine to do so to work or for education, or to mix freely within the area, so not a real lockdown.
She has taken time off work, has three young children who were looking forward to going away. She has not been irresponsible in any way. The figures in her area have been rising, but all the spokespeople have concentrated on praising the vaccine programme instead of giving out sensible information.
My friend is an intelligent woman who does not need things to be 'spelled out'. She does, however, need to be told how the situation is developing in order to be able to make decisions, travel arrangements and so on.