Survey reveals public concerns as most Covid restrictions are set to be lifted
Just 28% of people in Wales say they are “not at all worried” about the government’s plans to lift most Covid-19 restrictions from this weekend, according to the latest public engagement survey released by Public Health Wales.
First Minister Mark Drakeford is expected to confirm with the lifting of legal limits on the number of people who can meet indoors, including in private homes, while other premises, including nightclubs, could finally get the green light to reopen as Wales move to alert level zero on Saturday.
Mr Drakeford has already confirmed face coverings will remain mandatory on public transport, shops and most indoor public places in Wales, but masks will no longer need to be worn in hospitality settings.
The key findings of the survey are:
- 28% of people said they were ‘not at all worried’ about the plan to end most Coronavirus restrictions on 7 August. 31% were a little worried, 26% moderately worried and 15% very worried.
- 97% of people said they will continue to self-isolate if they have Coronavirus symptoms after restrictions end.
- 73% of people said they will avoid crowded places when Coronavirus restrictions end.
- 63% of people said they will avoid travelling abroad when Coronavirus restrictions end.
- 13% of people said they were very worried about catching Coronavirus; up from 9% in the last survey week.
- 36% of people said their concerns about climate change had increased since early last year (before the pandemic); up from 24% in the last survey week.
The study also confirmed the government continues to have strong support for its handling of the pandemic, with 71% saying they approved or strongly approved of how the pandemic had been dealt with.
The latest Covid-19 public engagement report from PHW covers the period from 19-25th July 2021, when 607 people were surveyed.