Millions of Brits ‘will never share drinks or kiss a stranger’ after lockdown

Millions of adults believe they will never again share a drink, snog a stranger or try on someone else's glasses as the coronavirus pandemic changes our social habits forever, according to a poll.

A study of 2,000 adults found moving forward, eight in 10 will consciously try not to share items with other people, while 73% will now always maintain a social distance from those they don’t know.

One-quarter of adults won’t reach into someone else’s crisp bag for a handful and a third will no longer sneak a bite out of another’s sandwich.

Using make-up samples in a store, borrowing someone else’s lip balm and standing close to someone in a queue are also things Brits will avoid.

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While 25% can't see themselves surrounded by others in a busy pub again even after all restrictions are lifted.

And 21% intend to avoid buffet-style restaurants at all costs.

Rebecca Strauss, from Vision Direct, which commissioned the research, said: "Habits such as carrying hand sanitiser everywhere, working from home when we have a cold, and washing our hands any time we touch our faces or eyes are positive habits we can continue to practice after the pandemic.

"We have always stressed the importance of good hygiene and handwashing in regards to eye health.

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"But the pandemic has really opened our eyes to how these habits should be carried into other aspects of our lives.”

Researchers found one-fifth of adults have no intention of using office cutlery in the future – assuming they return to the workplace eventually.

Similarly, the same percentage won’t use mugs or glasses in the office, and one in 10 will steer clear of the office tea round, "just in case".

It also emerged people are warier of others than ever before, with 19% saying they won’t chat to someone in close proximity in a club, a fifth won’t shake someone’s hand and 18% will avoid sitting next to others on public transport.

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Four in 10 adults polled via OnePoll said that going forward, they will be comfortable refusing a hug from someone, if they felt it inappropriate.

These findings are despite one-third of adults claiming they are usually tactile, touchy-feely people.

And Brits are agreed it will take an average of 12 months following lockdown lifting, and the vaccine being rolled out to all adults before life will start to feel anything like "normal" again.

On the back of the findings, the eye care specialists have launched a quiz for Brits to determine if they are already experts at social distancing, or if there is more work to be done – https://www.visiondirect.co.uk/life-after-lockdown.

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Vision Direct spokesperson Rebecca Strauss added: "There are no two ways about it, our lives have changed forever.

"To be honest, there were some things that weren’t a good idea pre-pandemic – such as sharing make-up, borrowing specs, and taking a bite out of someone else’s sandwich.

"But there are also things that were safe and continue to be safe through it all – wearing contact lenses (especially daily lenses), exercising outdoors and visiting the grocery store while wearing a mask.

"Hopefully if we have learned anything through all this, it is to be mindful of our own personal space and hygiene habits."

TOP 50 THINGS BRITS WON’T DO AFTER LOCKDOWN

  1. Use someone else’s lip balm
  2. Sneak a bite of someone else’s sandwich
  3. Use store make-up samples
  4. Snog a stranger on a night out
  5. Borrow a swimming costume from someone else
  6. Use someone else’s make up
  7. Stand close to people at the bar or in a queue
  8. Leave the house without hand sanitiser
  9. Share a pack of crisps in a pub
  10. Use someone else's deodorant
  11. Get someone to check if your breath smells
  12. Go to a buffet-style restaurant
  13. Hold the handrail on an escalator
  14. Hold onto public transport e.g. the bus/tube handles/pole
  15. Shake someone's hand
  16. Borrow gloves from someone else
  17. Drink from mugs/glasses in work
  18. Chat in close proximity to someone in a club
  19. Sit next to someone on public transport
  20. Use office cutlery
  21. Try on someone else’s glasses to see what they look like
  22. Share clothes with a friend
  23. Use your fingertips to push pelican crossing buttons
  24. Use gym equipment after someone else
  25. High five someone
  26. Use someone else's nail varnish
  27. Share takeaway food dishes with others
  28. Let someone else pack your shopping in the bags at the supermarket
  29. Go to a live sporting event
  30. Use a public toilet
  31. Sit on a train without sanitizing the area
  32. Hotdesk at work
  33. Partake in free food giveaways at work
  34. Use someone else’s pen
  35. Try on sunglasses in a shop
  36. Take part in an office ‘tea round’
  37. Use your fingertips to operate cashpoints
  38. Pay for things with cash
  39. Check your hair in someone’s sunglasses reflection
  40. Use a swing at a park
  41. Buy something from a charity shop
  42. Go back to the office at all
  43. Accept a cup of tea from someone else
  44. Go to shopping centres
  45. Sit in the back seat of a car next to someone
  46. Sleep over at someone else's house
  47. Having a slice of birthday cake at a party
  48. Sample someone else's baking
  49. Pose for a group photo
  50. Use a toilet at someone else's house

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