These are the activities people have missed the most during lockdown

Friday, 10th July 2020, 3:22 pm
Updated Friday, 10th July 2020, 3:22 pm
The survey found that the vast majority of people think it's important to support local businesses (Photos: Getty)
The survey found that the vast majority of people think it's important to support local businesses (Photos: Getty)

Since the lockdown was enforced more than three months ago, we have all had to make great sacrifices in our day-to-day lives to stop the spread of coronavirus.

While the virus has taken many thousands of lives in the UK, it has also had a huge impact on our everyday reality.

With thousands of businesses forced to close, the pandemic has delivered the fastest, deepest economic shock in history.

Now that restrictions are easing, a new survey conducted by JPIMedia reveals that consumer confidence remains high as we begin to return to some form of normality.

The vast majority of participants - 94% - believe it is important to support local businesses at this time, while 89% believe they feel safe to visit non-essential shops again.

The survey also found that dining out in bars and restaurants is the leisure activity that we have been missing the most.

When asked which activity they missed most during the lockdown, 60% of respondents answered 'eating out', closely followed by getting a haircut (54%) and going to pubs, bars or cafes (42%).

By contrast, changing careers during these uncertain times is understandably less popular, with just 14% of those in work (including those on furlough) saying they have considered changing jobs.

The results of the survey will come as a boost to business owners across the nation, with non-essential shops now able to reopen, and many more types of establishment reopening in the coming weeks.

The survey polled 3,717 adults across the UK between 26 June and 7 July.