Mask use among 18-24 year olds slumps following Freedom Day

  Other age groups still wearing face coverings at about the same rate With face coverings no longer essential following the loosening of restrictions in England on 19 July – dubbed ‘Freedom Day’ – YouGov’s COVID-19 trackers show that mask use has fallen significantly among the youngest Britons. While the majority of 18-24 year olds (58%) had worn a mask in the previous two weeks when we asked a few days before 19 July, the latest survey (conducted 21-22 July) shows that this figure has since fallen to 46%. Other age groups remain largely as likely to wear masks as they were before Freedom Day, including 66% of 25-49 year olds, 73% of 50-64 year olds and 83% of those aged 65 and above. As well as being increasingly maskless, young Britons have been far more likely to find themselves in crowded situations since 19 July. While last week 38% of 18-24 year olds had been avoiding crowded places, this has now fallen to 26%. This compared to a more modest drop among 25-49 year olds (from 47% to .. Full story on 

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