People want to keep face masks on public transport and in shops, poll suggests

The majority of people want face masks to remain compulsory on public transport and in shops beyond this month, a poll has suggested.

Monday, 5th July 2021, 6:04 pm

Seven in every 10 people (71%) agreed that face masks should continue to be mandatory on public transport for a further period of time once restrictions are lifted, according to the YouGov survey of 2,749 British adults.

Roughly one in five (21%) said masks should not be compulsory.

The survey also found that 66% of those polled said face masks should continue to be mandatory in shops and some enclosed public places – while 27% disagreed.

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According to the poll, survey respondents aged over 65 were more likely to want face masks on public transport (80%) than those aged 18-24 (59%).

There were similar attitudes among the respective age groups when it came to such restrictions in shops – with 78% of people aged over 65 wanting face masks to continue, compared with 57% of those aged 18-24.

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