The ONS has released the results of a survey on how Omicron impacted people’s behaviour over Xmas. Some of the key findings are:
The proportion of people who felt it will take more than a year for life to return to normal was 35% compared with 20% at the end of 2020
Just over half of people said they planned to have (or had already had) family and friends visit their home over Christmas.
Retail sales volumes were above pre-coronavirus pandemic levels during the Christmas period in both 2020 and 2021 (up 3% in December 2020 and 2% in December 2021 when compared with the same period in 2019).