It’s not difficult to see that COVID-19 has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, but a recent poll shows that Canadians are handling their trips to the grocery store differently.
The survey, conducted by Dalhousie University in partnership with the Angus Reid Institute, found that 64 per cent of people are still shopping in stores, but are buying more so that they don’t have to return as often. An additional five per cent said they have switched to purchasing their food entirely online while six per cent have asked another person to go out to the store for them.
Despite five per cent seeming small in comparison to the bulk of Canadians continuing to go to stores, Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, the director of Dalhousie’s Agri-food Analytics Lab, said in a news release that the number of people buying food online has quadrupled since the start of the pandemic.
Pollsters also asked Canadians about new habits they’ve developed when grocery shopping. A whopping 81 per cent are now using extra hand sanitizer. Forty two per cent are wiping groceries down with disinfectant when they get home, despite the fact experts have said this does not make a difference.
When it comes to personal protective equipment, only 30 per cent of respondents wear a mask, with 10 per cent sporting an N95 mask. Twenty six per cent have also made the choice to wear gloves.