Half of adults travel to work during the second lockdown

More than half of adults are travelling to work during the lockdown, Government data has revealed, and the number continues to rise.

According to data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) over half – 56 per cent – of working adults reported travelling to work during the second lockdown. 

The data, which covers the period from November 18 to 22, marks a slight increase from the previous week which found that 51 per cent of working adults were travelling to work. 

The figures cover adults in Great Britain who say they are travelling to work exclusively, and as well as those who are travelling in combination with working from home.

The current guidance states that people should work from home where possible in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, and only travel if essential. 

Researchers also found that compliance with most measures remained high this week, with 88 per cent, compared to 89 per cent the week previous, reporting always or often handwashing after returning home. Ninety-seven per cent, the same amount as last week, reported using a face covering, and 91 per cent, up one per cent from last week, avoided physical contact when outside their home. 

A further 86 per cent, down from 88 per cent last week, reported always or often maintaining social distance when outside their support bubble.

However, the numbers of adults who reported travelling to work – exclusively and in combination with working from home – increased from 51 per cent last week. 

The data comes as the Government announced a return to the tier system in England ahead of Christmas and as the lockdown ends next week. 

Families will be granted permission to have three households mixing for a period of five days over the festive season, yet there are concerns that many will break the rules.

Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party, criticised the Government’s plans claiming the tier system is “lockdown in all but name”.

“I think that mass rule breaking is coming,” he tweeted.

This comes as a Telegraph survey found 25 per cent of people will break Christmas restrictions. 

In response, Sir Charles Walker, vice chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, said: "I am surprised it is so few but I suspect that number will grow as we get nearer Christmas.

"This is why it is so important for the Government to come up with an initiative that allows families to get together over the festive period.

"This is important because if the Government fails to make this provision, people will do it anyway which will lead to the Government losing authority."

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