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Only 14 per cent ‘completely understand’ the rules as lockdown measures are eased

‘Concern’: Boris Johnson has been accused of a ‘vague’ roadmap out of lockdown PICTURE: PA

LESS than half of people in England understand the current coronavirus rules — compared with 90 per cent during the stricter lockdown — a survey of more than 70,000 people has found.

As social distancing and lockdown measures eased at different rates across the UK, understanding of what is and is not allowed dropped, particularly among younger adults.

Just 14 per cent in England say they understand the rules completely amid ‘unclear messaging’ from No.10.

And 45 per cent have a ‘broad understanding’ — compared with 75 per cent in Scotland and 61 per cent in Wales. Cheryl Lloyd, of the Nuffield Foundation which funded the University College London poll, said: ‘With concerns growing over a second wave of Covid-19 it is concerning that many people in England report not understanding the current government guidance.’

Lead author Dr Daisy Fancourt cited ‘unclear messaging from the government or a reduction in interest and engagement from people’. Boris Johnson had previously been accused of causing confusion with a ‘vague’ roadmap for easing lockdown in May.