As the UK today begins to emerge from lockdown, more than 1 in 2 (54%) Brits have said they’re feeling more optimistic that the nation is heading back towards normal life now than at any point since the pandemic began 12 months ago, according to new research.
Hyundai, the leading car manufacturer, has surveyed over 2,000 Brits and found that half (47%) are confident we are over the worst of the coronavirus pandemic and that circumstances are only set to get better. Indeed, the majority (55%) are optimistic that the UK will stick to the government’s roadmap outlined by Boris Johnson two weeks ago, which will see all legal limits on social contact lifted on Monday 21st June.
Only a third of Brits think that restrictions could be imposed again once they’ve been lifted (37%) or that there will be another national lockdown (37%). This follows a difficult winter, with 9 out of 10 revealing that sunlight is important to their physical (87%) and mental (89%) wellbeing and they suffered as a result of the social restrictions during the dark winter months.
Hyundai has today launched the world’s first ever ‘Tunnel of Light’, which is designed to recreate the brightness of the sun for visitors to enjoy and has been installed as a beacon of optimism for some of those most affected by the pandemic.
The first-of-its-kind Tunnel of Light was created by world renowned light artists Squidsoup and has been gifted to Guy’s Hospital in London, where NHS staff and patients can bask in the glow of the immersive light installation between Monday 8th March and Sunday 4th April.
The 9-metre-long structure is stacked with 160 light boxes covering a staggering 25m², which are designed to emulate the sun’s rays. The installation features a vast array of collimated light sources that produces the illusion and perspective of a new sun, millions of miles away in a cloudless sky.
Those who enter the Hyundai Tunnel of Light, which took two months and required over 50 employees to build, will leave the experience feeling invigorated and refreshed as Guy’s and St Thomas’ celebrate officially hitting the milestone of administering 100,000 vaccinations.