NEW SURVEY FINDS SUPPORT FOR COVID MASKING WANING

Jul 20, 2022

By Steve Kee

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A new Angus Reid survey shows that as COVID BA.5 cases surge, our desire to implement mask mandates or vaccine passports plunges.

The survey finds that Canadians are worried about the risk the virus poses to their own and their families’ health. And while some are taking their own steps to prevent further spread, the appetite for government public health measures is minimal – and a fraction of what it was in previous waves.

Case in point – last September amid the fourth wave of the virus, seven-in-ten Canadians said they would support a vaccine passport in their community to require residents to show proof of inoculation to enter larger public spaces; this number has now dropped and only supported by one-in-four.

According to the data, three-in-ten Canadians say they are wearing a mask when they are inside places like grocery stores, banks or movie theatres “most” or “all of the time”. Half say they are doing so “rarely” or “never”.

While masking in indoor spaces is still recommended by public health officials, it is not required in most public settings in Canada.

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