Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 16 April 2021

1.Main points

This week, over the period 7 to 11 April 2021, based on adults in Great Britain:

  • Compliance with most measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) remained high, with 87% (88% last week) of adults reporting handwashing when returning home, 97% (96% last week) using a face covering and 88% (87% last week) always or often maintaining social distancing when meeting up with people outside their support bubble.
  • The proportion of adults avoiding physical contact when outside their home was 85% (87% last week); this proportion appears to have gradually decreased since before the easing of lockdown restrictions began in early March (91% in the period 3 to 7 March).
  • 95% of adults reported leaving home in the last seven days for reasons such as: to visit a park or local green space (30% among adults who left home compared with 25% last week); to visit a beauty spot, beach or landmark (10% compared with 6%); or to collect takeaway food or drinks (15% compared with 16%).
  • Almost 6 in 10 (57%) adults met up with someone outside their household, childcare or support bubble in the last seven days (49% last week), continuing the increase in this proportion seen in recent weeks following easing to lockdown restrictions; this 57% was made up of: 2% who met indoors only; 46% who met outdoors only; and 9% who met both indoors and outdoors.
  • Over half (53%) of working adults reported leaving home for work in the past seven days, the same as last week but a notable increase since mid-February (44% in the period 10 to 14 February 2021).
  • Personal well-being levels were relatively stable for most measures including: life satisfaction (6.9 this week, 7.3 in February 2020 before first coronavirus lockdown), feeling that the things done in life are worthwhile (7.3 this week, 7.6 in February 2020), and anxiety (3.9 this week, 3.5 in February 2020); happiness reached its highest level since summer 2020 last week (7.2) before decreasing this week (6.9).
  • Positive sentiment towards the COVID-19 vaccines remained high; 94% of adults reported they had now either received a vaccine or would be likely to have a vaccine if offered – the same as last week.
  • 9 in 10 (90%) people aged 30 to 49 years reported positive vaccine sentiment – the same as last week after this proportion had fallen slightly from a recent high of 93% in the period 24 to 28 March; almost 9 in 10 (88%) people aged 16 to 29 years reported similarly; this proportion has been relatively stable in recent weeks (the proportions were 74% among those aged 30 to 49 years, and 63% among those aged 16 to 29 years at the start of the vaccination programme in December 2020).

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