Canadians remain “very concerned” about resuming normal life

66 per cent are very concerned about the health risks associated with attending shows, festivals, movies or sporting events during COVID

A recent survey by Statistics Canada shows many Canadians are “very concerned” about resuming once-commonplace activities.

The new study “Concerns over resuming activities in Canada” was released on Monday.

The survey, which was conducted between June 15 and June 21, found that 66 per cent were very concerned about the health risks associated with attending shows, festivals, movies or sporting events and 64 per cent felt that way about plane travel. 

“Over half of Canadians said they were “very concerned” about large gatherings such as weddings and religious services (57 per cent) or visiting someone in a retirement home or long-term care facility for seniors (55 per cent),” said the report.

“Conversely, Canadians were almost four times more likely to report being “not concerned at all” (38 per cent) about gathering in small groups and visiting other people’s homes than being “very concerned” (10 per cent).”

The report said young Canadians, singles, and people working outside the home were less likely to be “very concerned” about the health risks associated with the reopening.

“About half of single Canadians reported being “very concerned” about large group gatherings (48 per cent) or air travel (51 per cent). Meanwhile, two-thirds of seniors were “very concerned” about the health risks of large gatherings (67 per cent) and over three-quarters were “very concerned” about plane travel (78 per cent),” said the federal agency.

“The study also shows that immigrants are more concerned about the health risks associated with the reopening than the Canadian-born, particularly when it comes to attending a movie or live event (81 per cent versus 61 per cent) or large gatherings such as weddings and religious services (70 per cent versus 53 per cent).”

 

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