When Will Americans Feel Safe To Shop In-Store Again?

As states begin the process of returning to some kind of normalcy, more and more stores will be open for business.  But are people ready to shop? Maybe. A new poll finds:

  • Many Americans are feeling uneasy about going to stores, with 29% admitting they may never feel comfortable buying in person again.

So, what would make them feel comfortable to step in stores again?

  • For 19% of people, that won’t happen until they are personally vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Other requirements folks would need before shopping in-store again include:
    • When their state or local governments give approval (13%)
    • When everyone is wearing masks (10%)
    • When the federal government gives approval (9%)
    • Being personally tested for the virus (2%)
    • They’re already comfortable shopping in stores (17%)

Wearing masks does make some people feel safer being in public and while 88% of Americans are wearing them, 22% say they shop online mostly simply because they don’t want to wear them in a store.

  • But whether they like them or not, it does seem that most Americans are wearing face masks, at least in public.
    • 58% wear masks in stores
    • 51% wear them in crowds where they can’t maintain six-foot social distancing
    • 41% wear masks when required by a business or government
    • 35% wear them every time they go outside
    • 24% wear masks at work
    • 10% never wear a mask

Source: Yahoo!