Eight things people will continue to do after restrictions are lifted

By Gemma Francis
Wednesday, 21st July 2021, 3:17 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th July 2021, 10:43 am

Attitudes and fears

Brits fully intend to continue wearing masks, fling windows open when people visit and keep their distance in the pub – in a bid to breathe in good clean air.

Detailed research of 2,000 adults revealed insight into attitudes and fears around getting back to normal in the months post-pandemic.

As many as 50 per cent will continue to wear masks for the foreseeable future, even though the government has said they are no longer compulsory.

A further 36 per cent will insist on sitting away from anyone they don’t know in pubs and restaurants, while 28 per cent will still ask for a table outside and 24 per cent will insist on table service.

More than a third will open windows when others come round and 28 per cent of workers will insist the same is done at work.

And 52 per cent of those polled intend to maintain social distancing with those they don’t live with.

It also emerged 57 per cent think the impact of Covid-19 has changed their views towards air quality in general forever.

Worried about returning to office

As a result, 40 per cent are concerned about the relaxation of social distancing when workers return to offices and other places of business.

And three in 10 admit they don’t completely trust the ventilation at their workplace.

The research was commissioned by air conditioning experts Andrews Sykes, whose spokesperson said: “Prior to this pandemic, the main reason people had to worry about air quality was largely limited to pollution from cars.

“Nobody enjoyed walking alongside a busy road with large vehicles hurtling past, spouting out fumes.

“However, now the problem has really been brought closer to home – literally – by Covid-19, with awareness around clean air a huge issue for millions.

“As the nation starts to return to their offices or other places of business, clean air is going to be a really big priority.”