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Third of millennials support closure of nightclubs as Covid cases soar in UK

A new survey had revealed younger generations of Britons support the closure of nightclubs as Covid cases spike across the UK. The findings from More in Common revealed 33 percent of millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) said they support the government reintroducing the closure of nightclubs.

It comes after the ZOE health study reported 97,904 symptomatic coronavirus cases across the UK on 6 December. Millennials weren’t the only younger generation to express backing of this measure as a chunk of Generation Z also agreed.

The survey showed that up to 31 percent of Generation Z (age 18 to 24) supported closures. Furthermore, 27 percent of Generation X (age 41 to 55) and baby boomers (age 56 to 74), and just 23 percent of the silent generation (age 75+) would get behind nightclub closures.

The findings also revealed that nearly half of all those surveyed would support the reintroduction of mandatory face coverings. 41 percent of Generation Z supported the measure, compared with 44 percent of millennials.

When it came to Generation X, 46 percent showed approval, while 46 percent of Baby Boomers and 45 percent of the silent generation agreed. However, only 12 percent of the silent generation supported the closure of pubs and restaurants, compared with 17 percent of baby boomers, 18 percent of Gen X and 25 percent of Gen Z and millennials.

More in Common UK associate Ed Hodgson explained the results make it clear the more authoritarian tendencies of some sections of the British public. He explained that while many people in the UK have negative memories of lockdown, there are some who look back at the period with nostalgia.

Hodgson told The Independent: “We consistently find people in our focus groups who look back at the time nostalgically – enjoying either the slower pace of life that came with lockdown, or the time it gave them to spend with their family or focus on personal projects.”

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