Most people believe ‘normal life’ is more than a year away

From the Office for National Statistics:

Two-thirds (64%) of adults in Great Britain said they still plan to cover their faces in shops, following the lifting of most coronavirus legal restrictions in England from 19 July 2021.

The same percentage (64%) plan to wear masks on public transport, while 60% plan to avoid crowded places.

Over half (54%) of adults said they are looking forward to going on holiday abroad when coronavirus rules end.

In our latest weekly release from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, a large majority of adults continued to feel that wearing face coverings (90%) and social distancing from others not in their household, childcare or support bubble are important (88%) in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

More than half (57%) of adults in Great Britain, surveyed between 7 and 11 July 2021, said they are worried about the plan to remove legal restrictions. This includes one-fifth (20%) who are very worried.

The percentage that believe normal life is a year or more away was 28%, slightly more than the 25% who believed this a year ago, between 8 and 12 July 2020, but down from the peak of 41% who thought so between 16 and 20 September 2020.

The easing of restrictions differs between countries. In England, face coverings will no longer be required by law, but will be required on public transport in London and other parts of the country as a condition of travel.

In Scotland, restrictions are also being eased on 19 July 2021 but there will still be limits on how many people can meet indoors and outdoors, with one-metre physical distancing and a cap of 200 people at weddings and funerals. Face coverings will also continue to be required.

In Wales, from 17 July 2021 up to six people will be allowed to meet indoors, and indoor events will be permitted for up to 1,000 people seated and up to 200 standing. Most other restrictions in Wales will be lifted from 7 August. However, face coverings will still be required in most indoor public spaces, except for hospitality businesses.

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