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Half of families put off shopping by the thought of having to wear face masks

HALF of families are put off shopping by the thought of having to wear masks, a survey revealed today.

The survey of nearly 1,300 parents found that 53 per cent say they are less likely to shop if they have to wear a mask.  

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The findings by ChannelMum.com, a parenting website, comes a day after the Government said it would make wearing masks compulsory in shops from 24 July.

But the poll found that lockdown has left many Brits too scared to step back into a bricks and mortar store.

Some 40 per cent of families are avoiding shopping on the High Street due to safety fears as well as a desire to save money.

Many said their child is “frightened” by people wearing PPE, making shopping trips difficult.

'SPEND, SPEND, SPEND'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also urged Brits to “spend, spend, spend” in a bit to support the post-pandemic economic recovery.

However, only one in 25 families say they are shopping to support the economy according to ChannelMum.com.

Instead, half are buying less than previously as lockdown has taught them “they need less stuff”.

Siobhan Freegard OBE, founder of ChannelMum.com said: “While everyone supports the need for hygiene measures like masks, there’s no doubt it has impacted the way Brits feel about shopping on the High Street.

“Families are among the nation’s biggest High Street spenders but with young children in tow, they need to feel safe, secure and that time shopping is a positive experience rather than something to be endured.”

She added that parents needed “significant reassurances about safety”.

Almost three quarters of those surveyed admitted that lockdown has significantly altered their shopping habits.

Just one in 20 are venturing out to shop more than once a week. Instead, the numbers doing a single weekly grocery shop is up by a third.

Two in five families have swapped to doing all their shopping locally.

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