More than half of young adults are no longer sticking strictly to the lockdown rules, study says

Less than half of 19 to 30-year-olds are ‘strictly’ abiding by Britain’s lockdown rules, according to a major study.  

Among all adults, complete compliance has fallen from 70 per cent to under 60 per cent in the last fortnight.

The study of 90,000 Britons found people are still sticking to the bulk of the rules, but are starting to ignore things like keeping two metres apart.

University College London researchers, behind the research, said there had been a drop off in confidence in the Government since it switched its stance from ‘stay at home’ to the more ambiguous ‘stay alert’ on May 10.

Less than half of 19 to 30 year-olds are ‘strictly’ abiding by Britain’s lockdown rules, according to a major study (Young adults enjoy the hot weather in Holland Park, west London, on Wednesday)

Lead author Dr Daisy Fancourt, of UCL’s epidemiology and health care unit, said: ‘Confidence in Government has fallen in England since the easing of lockdown was announced, and is lowest in those under the age of 30.’

The ongoing study – launched in the week before the UK shut down on March 24 – quizzed adults about how they are feeling on a range of issues during the pandemic. 

Illegal camping sites spring up near beauty spots and beaches around the UK as ‘day-trippers’ ignore ‘no staying over’ rules

Tens of thousands of Britons crammed onto packed beaches on the hottest day of the year so far yesterday, leading to questions about where they would be staying overnight, with hotels and campsites supposedly closed amid the coronavirus lockdown. 

Furious locals claimed to have spotted tents and camper vans late into Wednesday evening, after sun-seekers had caused gridlock in parts of the country as they flocked to beaches. 

One unhappy resident wrote: ‘Tents erected in some spots and camper vans too. Every available space full and even grass verge in one spot.’

Another replied: ‘Bloody annoying. We spotted some camper vans as well today. The weather has brought them all out.’

The mercury reached 82F (28.2C) at Santon Downham in Suffolk on Wednesday, with similar temperatures across the country as the public packed out parks and beaches following the easing of lockdown restrictions earlier this month.

It was the hottest day of the year so far – beating a top temperature set just the day before, when London’s St James’s Park recorded a high of 26.2C.

Most tourists appeared to be day-trippers, though the sheer number of people flooding the beaches led to fears some may flout lockdown rules to stay on campsites or even set-up their own hideaways. 

A slight easing of restrictions in England means people can drive to beaches and countryside beauty spots, where they are allowed to picnic and sunbathe.

But in response to the relaxation of measures, leaders in Devon and Cornwall warned second home owners and tourists to ‘think twice’ about visiting the region. Councils and tourism bodies encouraged people not to travel more than an hour from their local area to enjoy the outdoors and to avoid popular tourist locations, as the region’s car parks, toilets and hotspots remain closed.

These include the lockdown, Government advice, their overall wellbeing and mental health. 

It also found that 95 per cent of all adults felt they are either ‘reasonable’ or ‘good’ at sticking to the measures.

Those questioned were asked to rate the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic from one to a top mark of seven. 

Their view of the Government’s performance had dropped from five at the beginning of lockdown to around four, according to those who were questioned between May 11-17.

Levels of anxiety and depression had not improved since the easing of lockdown, while worries about possibly getting ill from Covid-19 had fallen slightly.

Fears about food, finance and unemployment were a cause of stress for some people.

The researchers found that around one in 12 people said they were worried about unemployment, while around one in eight people were worried about finances.

Stress about being able to get enough food had stabilised in the past week, with fewer than one in 20 people saying they were worried about this.

The Nuffield Foundation is funding the study, which is also being backed by Wellcome and UK Research and Innovation.

Cheryl Lloyd, of the Nuffield Foundation, said: ‘Interestingly, whilst life satisfaction levels have remained stable, full compliance with lockdown restrictions has fallen over the past week, especially among those under 30.’

It comes after tens of thousands of Britons crammed onto packed beaches on the hottest day of the year so far yesterday, leading to questions about where they would be staying overnight, with hotels and campsites supposedly closed amid the coronavirus lockdown. 

Furious locals claimed to have spotted tents and camper vans late into Wednesday evening, after sun-seekers had caused gridlock in parts of the country as they flocked to beaches. 

The mercury reached 82F (28.2C) at Santon Downham in Suffolk on Wednesday, with similar temperatures across the country as the public packed out parks and beaches following the easing of lockdown restrictions earlier this month.

It was the hottest day of the year so far – beating a top temperature set just the day before, when London’s St James’s Park recorded a high of 26.2C.

Most tourists appeared to be day-trippers, though the sheer number of people flooding the beaches led to fears some may flout lockdown rules to stay on campsites or even set-up their own hideaways. 

A slight easing of restrictions in England means people can drive to beaches and countryside beauty spots, where they are allowed to picnic and sunbathe.

But in response to the relaxation of measures, leaders in Devon and Cornwall warned second home owners and tourists to ‘think twice’ about visiting the region. 

Councils and tourism bodies encouraged people not to travel more than an hour from their local area to enjoy the outdoors and to avoid popular tourist locations, as the region’s car parks, toilets and hotspots remain closed.

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