COVID-19 second-wave concerns worrying Aussies

- June 19, 2020 2 MIN READ

Aussies are more worried about a second-wave of coronavirus than the economic impact of the pandemic according to findings by Toluna and Harris.

With winter upon us, nearly half (49 per cent)  of Australians surveyed said they’re more concerned about a second wave of COVID-19 than an economic downturn.  While four in ten (42 per cent) were more worried about the economy, a carefree nine per cent weren’t concerned about either.

Despite restrictions easing, many Australians said they are concerned about resuming everyday activities. Many respondents said they plan to spend less time frequenting bars, restaurants and cinemas than they did before the crisis.

Over the next 1-2 months, Australians plan to spend less time eating out (26 per cent), going to bars (23 per cent), going to movie cinemas (24 per cent), and watching live sports matches (18 per cent). One out of five (20 per cent) stated they’d prefer to hold off going out altogether until the pandemic has passed or a vaccine has been found.

Almost half of those surveyed said they would be more likely to visit venues that provided hand sanitiser and masks, temperature tested patrons or limited numbers through social distancing.

The economic fallout has also caused a quarter of Australians surveyed to rethink their finances, with 41 per cent saying they want to put more money int a rainy day fund to safeguard against any future downturns. Further to this, 31 per cent plan to get better at budgeting and 23 per cent plan to pay off their debts post-COVID.

If a second wave were to hit, Australians said they’d be prepared to go into lockdown again with a massive 43 per cent saying they could cope with lockdowns that lasted longer than 12 weeks. 14 per cent could only cope with lockdowns of up to 4 weeks, 22 per cent could manage another lockdown for 5-8 weeks, with 12per cent ok to spend another 9-12 weeks in isolation, should we be faced with a second wave.

Stephen Walker, Business Director, Toluna, Australia & New Zealand said its clear that Australians believe social distancing works and has helped the nation escape a massive spike in COVID-19 cases.

“Entertainment and hospitality venues need to take this seriously. Australians want to go out and support their local bars, clubs and restaurants, but they’re looking to venues to take the lead when it comes to implementing health and safety precautions.” Walker.


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