NATIONAL PULSE – What to do when the COVID-19 pandemic is finally over?



December 22, 2020 – For many Canadians, the answer to a common question in December carries an unusual answer. What are you doing New Years Eve? Waiting for next year.

For many, this holiday season – with parties cancelled and traditions put off – is an obstacle to overcome. Now, new data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds people from coast-to-coast hoping fervently for a new era when neighbours and communities are safely vaccinated, and (almost) everyone regains a life that looks more like it used to.

Three things that Canadians are looking forward to most: being able to go about their day-to-day routine without worrying about the virus (44% look forward to this), being able to resume the hugs, pecks on the cheek and handshakes that come with physical contact (43%), and international travel (42%).

More Key Findings:

  • British Columbians are most likely to look forward to hugging their loved ones (51%) while Quebec leads the nation in wanting to go out for dinner (45%) and go to a party (19%).
  • Manitoba residents are most excited to get together with older people they have been unable to see. 35 per cent say this, with Saskatchewan second at 28 per cent.
  • One-in-five Canadians say that a pre-pandemic normal will never return. Notably, 48 per cent of those who will not get vaccinated against COVID-19 say this, while the proportion is just 15 per cent among those who will.

Link to the poll here:

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2 Comments on NATIONAL PULSE – What to do when the COVID-19 pandemic is finally over?

  1. Ian MacKenzie // December 23, 2020 at 10:08 PM // Reply

    point well taken

  2. Dawne Taylor // December 23, 2020 at 5:07 PM // Reply

    Interesting that going to live sporting events is at the bottom of people’s “want to do” list. So why are the NHL and other teams so obsessed with continuing their sports through this pandemic? It’s probably about “follow the money”. When professional athletes are paid millions of dollars a year, and traded at the “owner’s whim” like slaves, there is something drastically wrong with our values in society. Would someone please let the sports teams know this!!!

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