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There will come a point, hopefully soon, where government-mandated restrictions on travel and socializing will be lifted, but a recent Harris Poll indicates not everyone will be ready to embrace their new freedom when the time comes.

“We’re seeing what looks like a longer-tail effect to get some of these travel options back up to normal,” says John Gerzema, CEO of the Harris Poll. In the 30 days after the COVID-19 curve flattens, for example, “people say they are twice as likely to greet people with a handshake than fly on a plane, which I find absolutely just remarkable.”

The results indicate that it could be months after the curve flattens before travel volumes pick up.

Some of the results include:

  • Four in 10 (43%) Americans say they’ll dine out within 30 days of the curve flattening;
  • One fifth (21%) say they will stay in a hotel within a month of the curve flattening;
  • Only one in six (15%) say they’ll fly within a month after the government signals that COVID-19 is abating; and
  • Only 10% of Americans say they’ll get on a cruise ship within a month of the curve flattening.

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