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One in five can’t see a return to the pub with friends during 2021

One in five people think a visit to the pub with friends is still a long way off according to Harrogate-based survey provider YourPoll.

One in five people think a visit to the pub with friends is still a long way off according to Harrogate-based survey provider YourPoll. According to the snap UK poll which asked “When do you think you'll be able to go to a pub as normal with people outside of your household?”, 21% of respondents believed it won’t happen at all this year. On a more positive note, however, nearly half (45%) reckoned they’d be able to meet friends in the pub in April, May or June, with the first half of May being the most predicted period for a return. And 11% even believed it would happen sometime during February or March. The snap QuickPoll of a randomised sample of 359 UK residents was conducted during three days in January by Harrogate-based specialist survey provider YourPoll. YourPoll managing director Neil Addley said:

"There’s not much over-optimism but nearly eight out of ten people (79%) believe we’ll all be back in the pub at some point this year. The majority view is that this will have happened by the summer, with the first half of May getting the largest vote (15%). As May 1st is a Saturday, it could be one heck of a Bank Holiday Weekend! “There’s not much belief it will happen in the summer months, but there’s a spike as we go back to school in September and then a final hope that it will be early October. If not, then people seem to be writing off November and December and looking towards 2022.”
The answers showed little variation between men and women, but there was a wider difference of opinion between age groups and people from different areas. The under 35s were generally more hopeful of enjoying a drink in the pub with friends this year, with just 16% predicting they’ll have to wait until at least 2022. Regionally, Scots and Yorkshire folk were the most pessimistic, with 30% in each group unable to see it happening at all before the new year. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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