June 21: YouGov survey on masks, social distancing suggests public caution ahead of ‘Friday Day’

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Facemask rules to ‘stay in place after Freedom Day’ – as poll shows over 70% of Brits stay behind cover AFTER June 21

  • The use of face-covering clothing will still be encouraged in enclosed areas after June 21
  • YouGov survey reveals public support for tentative reopening on ‘Freedom Day’
  • 71 percent of respondents want to keep mouth caps on in shops and on public transport
  • More than 60 percent said they support social distancing rules that remain in place

Senior government officials are considering whether to keep face coverings indoors after June 21 as the country approaches crisis for ‘Friday Day’.

The news comes as new polls suggest large segments of the public continue to support a tentative return to normalcy, with most coronavirus restrictions slated to be eased by the end of June.

A YouGov survey found that more than 70 percent of respondents are in favor of continuing to wear face masks after June 21.

61 percent of those surveyed also favored social distancing to stay in pubs and restaurants, while just over half (51 percent) wanted the rule of six to be dropped in indoor settings.

Senior government officials are also debating whether or not to wear face masks as a mandatory requirement in public areas, the Times reported.

The news comes as England’s highly anticipated ‘Freedom Day’ on June 21 now appears to be on the line amid the spread of the Indian variant.

A new YouGov survey suggests more than 70 percent of respondents are in favor of continuing to wear face masks indoors after ‘Free Day’ on June 21

61 percent of those surveyed also supported social distancing to stay in pubs and restaurants, while just over half (51 percent) wanted the rule of six to be dropped in indoor settings

61 percent of those surveyed also supported social distancing to stay in pubs and restaurants, while just over half (51 percent) wanted the rule of six to be dropped in indoor settings

The YouGov survey surveyed English respondents about which coronavirus restrictions should end on June 21.

When it came to the use of face coverings, 22 percent said they wanted to remove masks, while 71 percent said they supported their continued use.

As for social distancing in pubs and restaurants, 61 percent supported the 2m rule to stay, while 30 percent said they wanted it to end.

Finally, under the rule of six for indoor gatherings, 51 percent said they wanted that limit on the number lifted, while 36 percent said it should stay.

Despite this, officials are reportedly preparing secret plans to delay the end of the coronavirus restrictions in the country by two weeks until July, after the daily number of cases rose again.

England’s ‘Freedom Day’ seems to be at stake amid the rapid spread of the highly contagious Indian variety, which doubles in prevalence every nine days and is now the dominant strain in the country.

A report from the Office for National Statistics today showed that the weekly number of Covid cases rose 75 percent to 86,000 last week, and SAGE estimates that the R-rate is definitely above one and could be as high as 1.2.

No10 stressed this week that there was still “nothing in the data” to suggest the pivotal unlock would not go through this month, but scientists are pushing for a slight delay.

Officials are reportedly drafting secret plans to delay the end of the country's coronavirus restrictions by two weeks until July

Officials are reportedly drafting secret plans to delay the end of the country’s coronavirus restrictions by two weeks until July

Social distancing may also be maintained after June 21, according to The sun, as well as limits on how many people are allowed in the halls, raising concerns about England hosting part of the delayed Euro 2020 football tournament.

Industry leaders also warned that without the total lifting of restrictions, pubs will remain ‘unviable’ and could lose millions in potential trade during the tournament and Britain’s hottest weeks.

On Friday, ministers said they are “doing everything we can” to speed up the process of public immunization ahead of a crucial decision on whether or not to relax restrictions on June 21.

Speaking to The Telegraph, a government source said ministers want to “double down as soon as possible”, and hope the acceleration with “Freedom Day” continues on June 21.

However, according to the paper, there is also talk of a two-week delay for the restrictions to be lifted, with a faster vaccination program allowing people over 40 to receive their second dose by July 5 – two weeks after June 21 – amid concerns about the Delta variant.

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