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Two-Thirds of Canadians Favour Keeping 2-Metres Physical Distancing

OTTAWA—Two-thirds of Canadians dont want to relax physical distancing rules imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19, a new poll suggests.

And even if they were relaxed, a strong majority wouldnt be comfortable taking part in activities that would bring them closer to other people, like going to a movie theatre.

Sixty-six percent of respondents to the poll, conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, said two metres should remain the safe distance kept between people, as recommended by Canadas public health authorities.

Just 12 percent favoured reducing the distance to 1.5 metres, as is required in many European countries, and only 10 percent favoured a reduction to one metre, the minimum recommended by the World Health Organization.

If the physical distancing rule were reduced to one metre, just 40 percent said theyd be comfortable dining in a restaurant, 28 percent going to a movie theatre, 24 percent to a gym, and 21 percent to a bar or night club.

“Weve been schooled on two metres for over three months now,” said Leger executive vice-president Andrew Enns.

“Its difficult for Canadians to now suddenly start to be convinced that its OK to make that a closer distance.”

The online poll of 1,521 adult Canadians was conducted June 19 to 21. It cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered random samples.

Enns said the reluctance to get closer with their fellow Canadians reflects a “very persistent level of anxiety” about the deadly new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, despite a steady decline in the number of new cases in Canada.

Just 43 percent of respondents said they believe the first wave of the pandemic is over and 74 percent think therell be a second wave, according to the poll. And 51 percent said they are very or somewhat afraid of contracting COVID-19.

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