Three quarters of Welsh nightclub-goers in no hurry to return as England celebrates ‘freedom day’
Three-quarters of Welsh nightclub-goers are in no hurry to return as England celebrates ‘freedom day’ today, a YouGov poll has shown.
According to the poll, 77% of people in Wales who used to frequent nightclubs would feel ‘uncomfortable’ or ‘very uncomfortable’ returning.
Figures are similar for England where the changes are going ahead, with 73% saying they were ‘uncomfortable’ or ‘very uncomfortable’ with the move.
While Covid rules in England on mask-wearing and social distancing change in England today, they are not changing in Wales.
Nightclubs opened in England today but are not due to open in Wales until 7 August, if Covid cases remain low and the relationship between Covid cases and hospitalization and death continues to be weakened by the vaccine.
The YouGov poll also suggests that it will take more than lifting restrictions to get the hospitality economy fully on track, with the public showing a marked reluctance to return to pre-pandemic life while Covid is still circulating.
41% in Wales who used to go to pubs felt uncomfortable returning, with 30% who went to restaurants and 46% who went to cinemas feeling the same.
YouGov said that the poll showed that coronavirus risks still made many wary of engaging in pre-pandemic activities.
“Many English people don’t feel comfortable with their soon found freedoms,” data journalist Eir Nolsoe said.