‘Coronaphobia’ leaves Brits wanting to stay IN lockdown as they fear return to normality – and actually have MORE cash – The Sun

BRITS want to stay in lockdown because they fear it is being lifted too quickly and have more money because of the pandemic, a poll has found. 

The survey comes as the government prepares to ease restrictions on movement and announce a scaling back of its furlough scheme.

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The poll, conducted for the Daily Mail, asked Brits about their views on the coronavirus lockdown and how their lives have been changed by it.

Asked whether it had left them financially better off, 33 percent said it had, 29 percent said it hadn't, while 37 percent said their situation hadn't changed.

Many workers have been shielded from the impact of the lockdown by the government's furlough scheme, while others have saved cash while not socialising or paying transport costs to commute.

A total of 43 percent also said they had enjoyed spending more time at home, compared to only 25 percent who hadn't and 31 percent who were neutral.

The government is now preparing to reopen the country, with workers unable to work remotely encouraged to return to work and some shops expected to be allowed to reopen in the coming weeks.

But many respondents said they feared the virus would resurge as restrictions are eased.

Overall, 53 percent said they thought the lockdown was being lifted too fast, compared to just 11 percent who thought it was too slow.

Thirty percent of people thought the pace was about right.

MAJORITY WOULDN'T SEND KIDS TO SCHOOL

Among the first measures expected to be lifted is the closure of schools, with some year groups set to return on June 1.

But across both primary and secondary schools pupils, 60 percent of parents said they would not send their child to school in June.

In primary schools, 26 percent of parents said they would, while in secondary schools the figure was just 27.

The survey comes as the government is set to announce future changes to its furlough scheme for workers.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to say next week that employers will have to pay 25 percent of the wages of furloughed workers from August.

The news follows his announcement earlier this month that the scheme, originally launched in March and slated to run till June, would be extended until October.

Under the new arrangement, employers would be allowed to bring furloughed staff back to work for as many hours as they need.

Staff will then be paid full wages by their firm for any hours worked, but would continue to be covered by the furlough scheme for the hours they don't work.

All firms will be required to contribute a quarter of the wages of any furloughed workers.

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