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Covid rules to be flouted by 40% of young people over Christmas, says survey

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Figures show four out of 10 young people admit they will break coronavirus rules this Christmas, according to a new survey.

The study comes as England begins its second lockdown of the year, with rules to be followed until December 2.

It has been revealed 40% of 18 to 24-year-olds would be willing to flout restrictions this festive period, according to a YouGov poll published by Mail Online.

The figure is a stark contrast to the 15% of over-65s who declared they would break rules.

Although Prime Minister Boris Johnson reassured the public the lockdown would automatically end on December 2, 14% of youths said they would be more likely to flout rules during the Christmas holidays.

It has been predicted the country will go back to a tier system during the holiday period.

However, half of those questioned in the survey claimed they would not mind if the "rule of six" and household mixing bans were in place over Christmas.

Currently, those found flouting rules and stepping outside must have a reasonable excuse or face a £200 fine.

  • People in England face £200 fine for going outside from today as second lockdown begins

People will be liable to receiving fixed penalty notices and potentially a criminal record if caught going away on holiday.

Chaos ensued as anti-lockdown protesters marched through central London in their hundreds on the first day of stricter coronavirus measures in England.

Police officers urged demonstrators to go home as they broke lockdown rules by taking to the streets surrounding Trafalgar Square on Thursday evening.

Protesters, very few of whom were wearing face coverings, began to walk up the Strand shortly after 6pm, chanting "freedom" and "no more lockdown".

Boris Johnson has vowed there was "light at the end of the tunnel" and that England would come out of the second lockdown – which started on Thursday – December 2 as he hailed recent scientific advances in the fight against coronavirus.

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