YouGov criticised for claim about lifting Covid restrictions in ‘England and Wales’
YouGov has been criticised for a claim about lifting Covid-19 restrictions in England and Wales.
The polling firm suggested that most are “due to be lifted this month” in England and Wales in a survey about public attitudes towards wearing face masks.
Covid rules in England are decided by the UK Government, but in Wales they are decided by the Welsh Government.
This led Labour for an Independent Wales president Bob Lloyd to say that “YouGov has a serious problem with Wales.”
Boris Johnson has confirmed today that the final step of lifting coronavirus restrictions in England would happen as planned on 19 July.
These include scrapping the legal requirement to wear face masks and ditching social distancing rules.
However, the Welsh Government has yet to announce what it plans to do and has said that ministers and officials would evaluate data ahead of the next review on 15 July.
The YouGov survey said: “Most remaining Covid restrictions are due to be lifted this month (in England and Wales) or next month (in Scotland).
“Thinking about the current requirement to wear a mask, when most restrictions are lifted do you think…?”
In response Nia Jenkins said: “@YouGov wrongly claiming that Covid restrictions in #Wales will be lifted this month.
“The guidance in Wales is set by the @SeneddCymru @SeneddWales NOT Westminster. @ThatsDevolved.”
Barry Suddery said: “For f***’s sake, @YouGov, devolution has been in place for decades! DO. YOUR. RESEARCH!”
Robert Jenrick, Boris Johnson’s Communities Secretary, told The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday that the UK Government wants the other nations of the UK to follow England and lift all legal coronavirus rules on July 19.
He said the Westminster government was going to “work with” Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to “try and be as coordinated as possible”.
But at a Covid-19 press conference today, Wales’ Health Minister, Eluned Morgan has said that Wales will “follow the data rather than the politics”.
She added that it was “very clear that we are still in a very difficult situation because case numbers are increasing exponentially in Wales”.
“Boris Johnson will do what is right for England and we will do what is right for Wales,” she said. She added that “time and time again deadlines have been set in England and missed”.
“In an ideal world we would like to move together,” she added. “But here we’ve been following the data and will continue to do that.”