Most people say they’ll continue to wear face masks after law changes on Monday

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Maureen McLean/REX/Shutterstock (12213193bz) A Covid-19 wear a face mask notice outside a barbers shop in Windsor. 1200 scientists and doctors have spoken out against the removing of social distancing and the legal requirement to wear face masks whilst in shops from Monday 19th July 2021 as they fear this will increase the growing number of Covid-19 cases even further Covid-19 Lockdown Lifting, Windsor, Berkshire, UK - 14 Jul 2021

Face masks will no longer be a legal requirement from July 19 (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

Nearly two thirds of adults have said they will keep wearing face coverings after Monday.

From July 19, they will no longer be a legal requirement in shops or on buses, trains and Tubes.

However, 64 per cent of people in England plan to continue wearing them, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Their poll found that most adults believe that measures such as wearing a face covering when shopping (90%) and social distancing (88%) to stop the spread of coronavirus are important.

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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