Most fear fall wave of COVID-19 could bring restrictions: survey

More than half of Canadians are concerned that an autumn wave of COVID-19 will lead to the return of significant restrictions on public life, such as mask mandates, social distancing and reducing the size of gatherings, a new survey suggests. of Nanos.

Nanos Research found that 55 per cent of Canadians are concerned or somewhat concerned that a spike in COVID-19 transmission will lead to a return to the restrictions on public life that largely ended in Ontario in early 2022.

Among 1,002 randomly selected Canadian adults, 16 percent told Nanos they were worried about a fall wave causing restrictions to return, while 39 percent said they were “somewhat worried.”

Twenty-three per cent of those surveyed said they were not concerned about the return of restrictions, 19 per cent said they were “not somewhat concerned” and two per cent were not sure.

The number of respondents who feared new restrictions was highest in Atlantic Canada, Ontario, and Quebec and lowest in the Prairies and BC.

Transmission of COVID-19 in Ontario is on the rise, with several leading epidemiologists and the province’s scientific advisory board calling it a seventh wave.

But the Ford government and the province’s official public health leadership are looking ahead to the fall, where a new COVID-19 vaccine booster campaign is planned to counter transmission.

The same survey asked respondents about their travel plans this summer in light of ongoing delays, cancellations and lost baggage issues at Canadian airports.

It found that 61 percent of respondents have no plans to travel internationally this summer and 15 percent said they want to travel abroad but have no plans.

12% said they had plans to travel abroad this summer, while 9% said they had travel plans and canceled or plans they might cancel.

69% of respondents aged 55 and others said they did not want to travel internationally, compared to 53.4% ​​of 18-34 year olds.

The number of people with international travel plans still in place was highest in Quebec and Ontario, 14 and 13 percent respectively, and lowest in the Atlantic and Prairies regions, at 9.5 percent and 7.8 percent. respectively.

The survey was conducted between June 30 and July 4 and reached mobile and landline subscribers through live agents who then directed respondents to complete an online survey.

The sample is weighted with the latest census to ensure it is geographically and demographically representative.

The poll is considered accurate +/- 3.1 percent, 19 times out of 20.

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