And more than half (57%) of adults said they were worried about the Government’s plan to lift legal restrictions when it moves to Step 4, including a fifth who were ‘very worried’.
From July 19, it will no longer be a legal requirement to wear a face covering in most settings in England, but the Government has said it ‘expects and recommends’ that people continue to do so in crowded areas.
In some parts of the country, such as London, they will be required on public transport as a condition of travel.
The ONS analysed responses from 3,824 people in Britain between July 7-11, after the Government announced its plans for Step 4.
It found that anxiety levels increased slightly, continuing what appears to be a gradual rise since early June.
Holidaying abroad was the most popular activity respondents said they were looking forward to when restrictions ease.
Some 54% of adults said this, with younger adults more likely to wish to travel.
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