Two-thirds of Canadians still believe it is too soon to start lifting restrictions. However, the number who say it is “Far too soon” has dropped from 55% 3 weeks ago to just 22% today. Additionally, over 1-in-4 (26%) now say it is the right time. Canadians in the Prairies are the most likely to say it is the right time at 37%, while just 20% say the same in Ontario.
We also see this wave that physical distancing behaviour has remained steady from past weeks, despite some provinces announcing plans to ease restrictions. This will be an important measure to track in future weeks as these announcements and policy changes continue.
80% of Canadians continue to say they have changed their behaviour “A great deal” or “Quite a bit” in response to the outbreak, only a small – directional – decline from 83-84% over the past four waves of tracking. This is in line with the fact that there has been no increase in reported fatigue with physical distancing measures. 28% agree that they can’t keep the changes up much longer compared to 46% who disagree. This compares to 24% who agreed and 49% who disagreed two weeks ago.
For full details on these results and more information on detailed behavioural changes, concern, attention, and government approval download our full report here.