Coronavirus: 1 in 5 single people has broken lockdown to go on a date

Jimmy Nsubuga
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 20: A couple sunbathing by the lake in Regents Park on May 20, 2020 in London. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
Single people are still allowed to meet up outdoors. (Getty)

One in five single people have broken lockdown restrictions to go on a date, a study has revealed.

In total 20% of singletons said they had flouted rules to pursue a romantic relationship, according to a new Ipsos MORI survey.

A similar amount of people (22%) who were in relationships also admitted they had contravened restrictions to spend time with their partner.

“These numbers vary by age group,” Ipsos MORI said.

“Forty-five per cent of those aged 18-34 in a relationship have broken the rules to spend time with their partner and 29% of singles in the same age group have broken the rules to go on a date or pursue a romantic relationship.

“These figures are much lower among older age groups. 15% for both groups among 35-54s and 12% / 6% respectively among those aged 55-75.”

A representative sample of 1,077 British adults aged 18-75 was interviewed for the study from 30 October to 2 November.

During this time Tier 2 restrictions had prevented couples who lived apart from having sex indoors.

Since then a national lockdown implemented on 5 November has extended these rules across the country until at least 2 December.

In England, people are only allowed to stay overnight with someone who is in their household or is part of their support bubble.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/05/08: A couple sunbathes at Alexandra Palace in North London on a warm and sunny bank holiday during coronavirus lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce measures to ease coronavirus lockdown, which was introduced to slow the spread of the COVID-19. (Photo by Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A couple sunbathes at Alexandra Palace in north London (getty)

But the rules do permit meeting up outside with another person for those who are adventurous.

One in three Britons previously said they were “comfortable” with having sex outside – but it was mainly men.

Almost half of males – 49% – were comfortable having sex outside, compared to just 17% of females, according to the YouGov poll of 1,144 adults.

Only 36% of men were uncomfortable with the idea, as opposed to 66% of women.

In its Daily Question survey, YouGov asked participants: “Generally speaking, are you comfortable or uncomfortable with the idea of having sex outside?”

Watch: These are the exceptions for going outside during England's second national lockdown

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