New research by Ipsos MORI for The Economist shows support for extending certain restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19in the short-term while it is still posing a risk, however there is much less support for these measures to remain in place permanently.
A strong majority would like to see face masks continue to be compulsory in shops and on public transport for a certain period after July 19th. Seven in ten (70%) want to see this continue for 1 month after 19th July while two in three (64%) would like it to remain in place until coronavirus is under control worldwide. However this drops to four in 10 (40%) who support face masks being worn in shops and on public transport permanently, regardless of the virus itself, while an equal number (41%) are opposed.
Similar proportions of Britons are in favour of the continued need to quarantine for 10 days after returning from a holiday, 69% say this should remain in place for the month after 19th July while 63% want it to continue until the virus has been taken care of globally. But only a third (35%) would be happy to see it become permanent, while 43% would be against.
Two-thirds (67%) want to proof that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 (such as vaccine passports) become a necessity for foreign travel for the month after July 19th, the same proportion would be happy to see this in place until the virus is under control globally. Almost half (46%) support this becoming a permanent necessity – the most popular permanent restriction.
A majority of Britons (66%) support social distancing being compulsory in theatres, pubs and sports grounds for the month following 19th July while 6 in 10 (59%) would be happy for it to last the duration of the pandemic globally. This drops to a third who support it remaining in place permanently (34%, 46% opposed).