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Canadians don't see life returning to 'normal' until late summer: survey

Last Updated Apr 21, 2020 at 11:01 pm PDT

Summary

Most Canadians believe life won't return to normal until late summer, according to a new survey

If a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available 73 per cent of people say they will take it

Keeping up with hygiene precautions is something 65 per cent of Canadians can see themselves doing

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — It looks like most Canadians think the COVID-19 situation isn’t going away until at least the late Summer, according to a recent survey.

Research Co. President Mario Canseco says among those surveyed, 54 per cent of Canadians think things their daily routines will go back to normal three or four months from now.

“When we starting asking how long this was going to take, we had a lot of Canadians thinking maybe it will be the end of April, maybe it will be the end of May, and now we continue to see the situation of Canadians looking at the goalpost moving,” he explains.

More than half of people in Quebec and Ontario are more hopeful of returning to normalcy earlier in the summer, says Canseco, however, “Residents of Atlantic Canada and the western provinces are decidedly more skeptical.”

As for thoughts on a COVID-19 vaccine, 73 per cent of Canadians say they would definitely or probably take it when it becomes available.

Currently just under half of Canadians – 47 per cent – say they are cleaning the groceries they buy to prevent infection.

Even when the pandemic ends 65 per cent of Canadians say they will keep up with their current hygiene precautions with the same amount seeing businesses doing the same.

Overall, about one-in-seven Canadians say they wear a mask when they go out.