Handshake returns – but not for grandparents

Matt Hancock discusses hugging rules in February

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Meanwhile four out of 10 Britons in the survey by 3Gem Research and Insights said they were delighted to see its return.

Men appear keener to get back to the way things were (58 percent), while one in three (33 percent) of women are once again comfortable with a firm shake.

Most of us (55 percent) say our new-found confidence is due to being double-jabbed with the vaccine.

However 33 percent said they are happy to handshake again because they know the person they are greeting has also had two jabs.

Around one in four now sanitise before and after every handshake while one in three (34 percent) accept a Covid risk but have a “life must go on” attitude.

www.3Gem.com spokeswoman Lucy Sampson said: “A year and a half ago there were predictions the handshake had been consigned to history.

“It seems they were a little premature. Now there’s a willingness to return to normal and the handshake is a part of that.

“Things like the vaccination roll-out have definitely given people their confidence back when it comes to greetings.

“No-one is going to be sad to see the back of the elbow bump!”

The most common age group (58 percent) to return to handshaking are aged 25 to 34, followed by the 18-24 year-olds (57 percent) and 55-64s (33 percent).

Friends (40 percent) are the most likely recipient of a handshake according to the data, followed by neighbours (24 percent).

Even tradesmen – who endured a traumatic year of losing work or being banished from homes – are likely to receive a warm welcome now (11 percent).

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