We polled 52 leading UK epidemiologists, virologists and public health researchers to see when they think life will return to something resembling normality.

A majority expect mandatory face masks in shops and on public transport to remain in the UK until at least 2022.
On physical distancing guidelines, the majority of experts polled expected them to stay in place until 2022, with five people predicting that they will stay until 2023. One respondent thought that the guidance would always be necessary.
At the time of questioning, the UK government had promised to offer a vaccine to every adult by September. This goal has now been moved forward to the end of July. Among respondents, 27 said the UK government would meet its old target, 19 thought not.
Most of the group anticipate taking public transport before the end of the year, and, once restrictions are lifted, most expect to travel in the UK outside their local area this year. 29 respondents don’t anticipate travelling internationally until 2022 or later.
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