CA to fully reopen: hear from real consumers.

California reopens economy

It’s here.

California finally has a reopen date — June 15, 2021 — a full 15 months from the start of state-wide lockdowns. There will be rules, of course. But, it’s a beacon of hope, one that buyers have been waiting a year for.

Let’s see their feedback, and get a few stats on the consumers we surveyed, who live in CA.

#1: They’re ready.

A full 56% say: this is it.

They believe California will meet its projected date of June 15th and fully reopen. And, 47% are in favor of the date. Within this group, 28% strongly agree with the decision, and feel that “it’s about time.”

How likely do you think CA is to hit its target reopen date of June 15?

But, not everyone agrees.

Those who’re uncomfortable, just aren’t ready — 74% of this group say they want to know that COVID is no longer a threat before the state reopens. That may not be possible. Many expect the virus to be a problem as long as there are variants, plane rides, and delays in vaccination.1 There’s still a lot to study.

Yet, consumers have hope.

#2: They’re vaccinated.

As of this article, 29% have been vaccinated. 

It’s helping them to feel safe. A full 77% who’ve had the vaccine feel good about a reopening. There’s a correlation here, between having the vaccine — and being ready for the state to reopen. 

Have you been vaccinated? Do you have plans to be vaccinated?

And, many more, have plans to get it.

In fact, 57% who haven’t had the vaccine, have plans to get it. Their timing is good. Starting this week: April 15, all Californians, ages 16 and above are eligible to get the shot(s).2

Anyone who wants it can have it; before the week’s over. And, based on what we’re seeing, that fact will go a long way to help Californians feel comfortable with the state’s plans. 

#3: They have plans.

They’re making up for lost time.

Californians want to spend. It’s why 60% plan to go back to places they visited before the pandemic started — as early as a few weeks after the reopening. And, 58% say they’ll go back to shopping in-store more often.

Where do you intend to go?

Many will start with restaurants.

What used to be so normal, was missed by so many of us, once indoor dining was shut down. So, 66% plan to start venturing by dining in again. And 60% will go to the movies. After all, who doesn’t love salty, butter popcorn — and entertainment. Many counties can do these now, but not all.

Then, they’d like to spread their wings.

#4: They will travel. 

It was the first thing to go.

A year ago, airport traffic plummeted. But now, flyers are ready to ride, 42% plan to vacation in the U.S. within 3 months of the reopen date. For the most part, they’re not ready to go international, but 53% say that they’ll feel safe flying on a plane. And another 69%, will be comfortable staying at a hotel.

Do you have plans to vacation in the U.S. within 3 months of June 15th? 

Do you have plans to vacation in the U.S. within 3 months of June 15th? 

That’s not all.

They’ve held out. Many have been waiting to buy cars, houses, even couches — until they knew what would happen with the economy. So, 23% plan to make large purchases, once things open back up. This means you can expect to see a little bump in the summer, as people start to open their pocketbooks again. 

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By Sharon Leynes

Reviewed by Urielle Corcuera

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