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Not wearing mask tops list of what Atlantic Canadians are looking forward to after pandemic

People wear face masks on a street in Montreal, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world.
People wear face masks on a street in Montreal in this file photo. A new survey of Atlantic Canadians has found that not having to wear a mask in public is the most popular thing people are looking forward to after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.- File

Not having to wear a mask in public is topping the list of what Atlantic Canadians are most looking forward to once the COVID-19 pandemic is gone, according to a new survey.

Narrative Research asked Atlantic Canadians to choose a single item, and a quarter of all respondents said going without the face covering was their top choice.

Another 20 per cent said travelling outside the Atlantic region but within Canada was at the top of their list, and about the same number listed travelling internationally.



Narrative said in a release that when grouping similar types of activities, overall, Atlantic Canadians are most keen to travel again, along with being able to socialize and go out in public without restrictions.

One out of 10 said they are most looking forward to attending live events such as music, theatre and sport, as well as dining out.

“Atlantic Canadians are clearly wanting to get back to an unrestricted lifestyle of socializing, eating out and travelling, which will no doubt manifest itself once vaccination programs are fully rolled out across the region,” Narrative CEO Margaret Brigley said in the release.

“In previous research half of residents indicated that both travel restrictions and not being able to gather socially had significantly impacted their lives, so these current results validate that people are looking forward to returning to those key areas of their lives.”



P.E.I. residents are the most likely to indicate a desire to travel outside of the region, while those in Nova Scotia as well as Newfoundland and Labrador are the most likely to want to travel internationally.

This survey was conducted from Jan. 4 to Jan.10 and included 2,512 Atlantic Canadians from Narrative Research’s online panel called East Coast Voice. Because it is a panel sample where residents have joined a panel to share their opinions, and in accordance with the Canadian Research Insights Council's public opinion research standards, a margin of error is not applied.

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