Today, Innovative Research Group Inc. released its latest tracking on social behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online survey of 1,211 Canadians was conducted from December 16th to 22nd.
On the eve of the holiday break, Canadians showed no signs of reducing their social behaviours. Most shopping and social contact behaviours remain at levels we saw earlier this fall. The two main changes are a 13-point increase in modest risk activities such as shopping at stores other than a grocery or drug store and a 4-point increase in attending large gatherings.
While Canadians are more active, they are still generally keeping up their protective behaviours.
More than 8-in-10 are wearing masks outside their homes all (63%) or most (22%) of the time.
More than 8-in-10 are washing their hands more frequently.
Almost 3-in-4 are avoiding touching their face most of the time, although only 36% say all the time.
The main number that is slipping is keeping a 2 metre distance when out of the home. There is a 13-point decline to 47% in the number that always keep their distance.