Almost three-quarters surveyed think face masks should still be mandatory in certain settings

By Saffron Otter

Nearly three-quarters of people surveyed believe face masks should still be mandatory in certain settings amid coronavirus.

The results are from a Manchester Evening News survey, which looked at how people feel about the use of face coverings - four months on after lockdown in England ended.

Nearly three thousand readers reponded.

From June 21, the legal requirement to wear a face mask was dropped, however many businesses, and the government, still encourage people to wear one where possible.

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The govermment's latest guidance says: "We expect and recommend that members of the public continue to wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. For example, on public transport."

When we asked our readers if they think people should still be legally required to wear a face mask in certain settings, nearly three-quarters (71 per cent) said yes, a quarter (25 per cent) said no, while four per cent were unsure.

Of those surveyed, a large majority (77 per cent) said they still wear a covering and less than a quarter (23 per cent) said they no longer wear one.

A large majority of people surveyed said they still wear a face covering (Peter Harbour - Yorkshire Live)

On how often respondents wear a face mask since the country opened back up, 69 per cent said they wear one for about the same amount of time, 26 per cent said they wore one less often, and just five per cent said they wear a covering more often than before.

Supermarkets and shops came out top as the most common place for people to wear a face mask (29 per cent), public transport followed in second (26 per cent). Sixteen per cent said they wear a covering in restaurants or bars, 14 per cent said at their place of work, nine per cent listed other settings, while just six per cent said they no longer wear a covering in any setting.

When it comes to schoolchildren, more than half of respondents (53 per cent) believe that schools should also reintroduce the use of face coverings, while 28 per cent disagreed, and 19 per cent were unsure.

On whether or not children should self-isolate if there is a positive coronavirus case within their household, more than a third (69 per cent) said they should, 18 per cent said no, while 13 per cent were unsure if they should.

Alongside wearing a face mask as a precaution against catching coronavirus, 60 per cent of those surveyed said they still use the same amount of hand sanitiser, 27 per cent said they use it less often now, seven per cent said they use it more often, while six per cent said they have never used it.

A large majority also said they fear catching coronavirus in large crowds (65 per cent), while over a quarter (28 per cent) said they don't, and eight per cent were unsure.

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