A new poll from the Washington Post–University of Maryland shows most Americans are still too hesitant about the novel coronavirus to eat in restaurants or shop in stores. Of those polled, 67% said they would be uncomfortable going to a retail store, and 78% say they would be uncomfortable in a sit-down restaurant. Fifty-six percent of participants, however, said they were comfortable going to a grocery store. Gyms and movie theaters ranked high on the list of businesses Americans say are not safe to reopen. Surprisingly, opposition to opening is equally high in states that have and have not lifted stay-at-home orders in recent days. And although Democrats are more likely to oppose opening the economy than Republicans, members of both political parties said they would not feel safe with rapid reopening. The Washington Post said not much has changed when it came to Americans’ fear of contracting COVID-19. As was the case 2 weeks ago, 63% of Americans say they are either very or somewhat worried about getting the virus and becoming seriously ill, with 36% saying they are either not too worried or not at all worried.

 

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