Survey: A third of readers scale down Christmas plans due to Covid concerns
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More than a third of us have cut back on Christmas plans this year because of concerns about Covid-19, according to our recent London survey.
The poll also revealed the majority of our readers across the capital would support more restrictions being introduced, after prime minister Boris Johnson ruled out any new restrictions being brought in immediately.
Some experts have called for further restrictions and discouraged people from socialising over Christmas.
Our survey found that many people are being cautious, with 37 per cent of respondents saying their celebrations will be smaller than originally planned.
And 44pc said they will ask their guests to test for Covid before arriving on Christmas Day.
More than half (55pc) of people surveyed felt the government should have already have brought in more restrictions to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.
A similar number (56pc) think new restrictions should be introduced in the new year.
Other findings included:
- 1 Teenager from Newham found safe and well
- 2 Wanted: Five people Newham police wish to speak to
- 3 The ex-gang member who turned from crime to become a pastor mentoring young people
- 4 Gainsborough Avenue stabbing: 14-year-old boy charged
- 5 Custom House school showing evidence of becoming outstanding, Ofsted says
- 6 Pensioner dies after being critically injured in East Ham crash
- 7 Newham invites community to explore NHS jobs at local fair
- 8 Two arrests after multi-vehicle crash on Barking Road
- 9 East London NHS trusts appoint first group chief executive amid 'collaboration'
- 10 No room for sentiment says West Ham's Noble
- 46pc said they have cancelled social arrangements ahead of Christmas because of Covid concerns;
- 39pc have made a special effort to work from home to avoid having to isolate over Christmas;
- 79pc said their work did not hold a Christmas party this year;
- 56pc think new Covid restrictions should be introduced in the new year.