The majority of British Columbians approve of the province’s four-phased restart plan to increase economic and social activity after the Victoria Day long weekend.

An online survey conducted by Research Co. found that 72 per cent of respondents strongly or moderately approve of the reopening plan which provides guidelines for slowly opening up the economy up to 60 per cent of normal.

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Moreover 62 per cent of British Columbians say the economy should be opened slowly and safely ensure that the risks of COVID-19 transmission in the province remain low.

“There is an impressive gender gap when British Columbians ponder the pace of easing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co in a statement.

“While three-in-four women (76%) call for a cautious approach, fewer than half of men (48%) concur.”

Among those who believe the economy should open quickly, the majority have either applied for emergency financial aid, have someone in their household who’s lost their job, have been working from home, have been unable to visit relatives in their municipality, or need to take care of children while schools are closed.

(Research Co.)

The results of this survey are based on an online questionnaire conducted between May 8 to May 11 and uses input from 800 respondents.

To glean a broader sense of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected British Columbians, public health officials have released an online or virtual survey that is open to all residents aged 18 and older that can be accessed on computers and tablets or over the phone, and takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

It will be available to answer until May 31 and has been provided in English, Simplified Chinese and Punjabi.

The majority of the survey asks about individual experiences, knowledge and actions taken during the self isolation period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The results will help public health officials gauge the financial and mental health impacts of the pandemic across various socioeconomic backgrounds.

The survey can be accessed at bccdc.ca/covid19survey or over the phone by calling 1-833-707-1900, which is operated seven days a week 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Results will be made public in the early summer.