Majority of Canadians want to keep their distance: Leger poll

Survey finds strong support for keeping two metre physical distancing rules

A strong majority of Canadians doesn’t want to relax physical distancing rules imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

A poll conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies found 66 per cent of respondents said two metres should remain the safe distance kept between people, as recommended by Canada’s public health authorities.

Only 10 per cent favoured a reduction to one metre, the minimum recommended by the World Health Organization.

If the physical distancing rule was reduced to one metre, just 40 per cent said they’d be comfortable dining in a restaurant, 28 per cent going to a movie theatre, 24 per cent to a gym and 21 per cent to a bar or night club.

Many Canadians don’t believe we are done with COVID-19.

Just 43 per cent of respondents said they believe the first wave of the pandemic is over and 74 per cent think there will be a second wave. And 51 per cent said they are very or somewhat afraid of contracting COVID-19.

Nearly half (46 per cent) said they find it very or somewhat stressful to leave the house and go out in public.

62 per cent believe it will take time before life returns to normal, while 28 per cent said it will never return to normal.