Half of Britons say they will not be meeting relatives indoors over Christmas despite the 'bubble' loosening.
A poll for MailOnline found just a third are planning to take advantage of the exemption from coronavirus restrictions to mix indoors during the festive season.
The results of the survey by Redfield & Wilton Strategies underline the continuing nerves among the public about the pandemic.
Some 45 per cent say they are 'actively scared' about contracting the disease every time they go outside – and half thought the England-wde lockdown ended too soon on December 2.
The government has set out plans for special 'bubbles' over the festive season that will allow up to three households to mix freely in England between December 23 and 27. The relaxation will apply whatever tier areas are in.
But the government's own medics have urged people not to use the flexibility to hug relatives 'if you want them to survive'.