As Coronavirus Restrictions Ease, Only 29 Percent of Americans Are Ready to Return to Normal Activities, Poll Shows

Less than one-third of Americans say they would return to their normal day-to-day activities right now if there were no coronavirus restrictions, according to a new poll.

The poll, which was conducted by Gallup, surveyed 3,916 U.S adults from May 25 to May 31. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

According to the poll, 29 percent said they would return to day-to-day routines right away, while 31 percent said they would return to their normal lives after the number of new coronavirus cases in their state decline significantly. Twenty-six percent said they would resume activities after there are no new cases in their state and 12 percent said it will be after a vaccine is developed.

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A woman has her hands sprayed with sanitizer before entering a grocery store in Washington, DC, on April 8, 2020 Nicholas Kamm/Getty

The poll's findings come as states across the country continue to move through their phased reopening plans. States have not fully removed the coronavirus restrictions previously put in place to slow the spread of the virus, but all have partially eased them.

Despite the return to a new sense of normal in states across the U.S., the poll shows that many are hesitant to go out and return to their normal lives. Previous polls conducted by Gallup found that the percent of Americans ready to return to their normal lives has not changed drastically, with 28 percent answering the same in two polls from early and mid-May.

Additionally, the poll published in late May found that a majority of Americans have continued to avoid small gatherings with friends and family as well as public places, such as stores and restaurants. In the seven days prior to the survey being conducted, 56 percent said they have avoided small gatherings and 64 percent said they have avoided public places.

According to the poll, 74 percent of Americans said they have avoided traveling on airplanes, busses, trains or subways and 83 percent said they have worn a face mask when outside, over the seven days ahead of the survey.

A separate poll, conducted by Morning Consult from May 26 to May 20, found similar results in regard to Americans returning to their normal lives. According to this poll, only 31 said they are currently comfortable going out to eat at a restaurant, 26 percent said the same for going to a shopping mall and 18 percent said they are currently comfortable going to the gym.

This poll surveyed 2,201 U.S. adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Newsweek reached out to Gallup for comment on the poll's findings but did not receive a response in time for publication.