Reopening has begun: How keen are Americans to step out?

Despite continuing hospitalization and deaths, the US economy is reopening as the government tries to get the country back on track. This report brings insights into the thoughts and willingness of the American public to contribute towards this gradual reopening. Businesses, as well as policymakers, can leverage this data in their decision making.

Public health experts may disagree, but reopening has begun across the US. However, with the pandemic far from over and general fear still intact, the transition back to normal life may not be as quick and smooth as one would hope. More so, when 64% of Americans still want social distancing to remain in place, as revealed by our previous report.

With businesses finally opening up, how keen are Americans to emerge from their homes and resume their day-to-day activities? Piplsay polled 30,687 Americans to get these answers. Here’s a summary of what we found:

Other Insights

  • 57% of Millennials and 54% of Gen Xers are comfortable about returning to work amid the pandemic
  • 38% of Gen Zers and 42% of Millennials don’t plan to visit public places for another month at least
  • 47% of Baby boomers don’t plan on taking public transport anytime soon
  • Over 40% of men and women plan to continue wearing masks for another 2-3 months
“Restarting the economy amid the virus might cause a second pandemic wave. Organizations should continue encouraging work from home if they can afford it” – Sarah
“The pandemic will not end anytime soon and it is best we learn to live with it. However, we should still be careful and visit public places only when it is necessary” – Jerry

Survey Methodology: This Piplsay survey (powered by Market Cube) was conducted nationwide in the US from May 12-13, 2020. We received 30,687 online responses from individuals aged 18 years and older.

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