July 21, 2024

Masks don’t stop people smiling, survey finds

The majority of people continue to smile at others despite wearing a face covering indoors, a survey has found.

To celebrate World Smile Day (October 2), Cardiff’s leading entertainment destination, The Red Dragon Centre, commissioned a survey which found that 85% of participants continue to smile while wearing a face covering. Although their smiles may not always be seen, 98% of respondents said that smiling made them feel better.

Face coverings have been mandatory on public transport in Wales since July 27, while new rules came into effect on September 14, extending the wearing of face masks to shops and indoor facilities such as the Centre which houses an IMAX cinema, gym and a variety of restaurants.

Participants of the survey were also encouraged to share what had made them smile this year to be in with a chance of winning a family game of bowling at Hollywood Bowl. Following the survey results, the Red Dragon Centre found that seeing family was the most likely activity to put a smile on people’s faces (50%), while time with friends came in second place (22%).

Emma Constantinou, Marketing and Tenant Liaison Manager at The Red Dragon Centre, said: “This year has been challenging for so many but we are pleased that people are finding joy and still continuing to smile, even behind masks.

“Since reopening the Centre in August with additional measures in place, our visitors have embraced our ‘Keep your distance and keep smiling’ messaging, enjoying their favourite activities in a safe yet fun way.”

For further information about the Red Dragon Centre, visit www.thereddragoncentre.co.uk.