Poll finds majority plans to continue social distancing, avoid unnecessary outings
The Daily Record’s online poll from May 1-22 asked readers if they planned on visiting any reopened businesses during the first phase of reopening businesses in Texas.
San Marcos businesses expanded operations after Gov. Greg Abbott released plans for the first phase of reopening businesses on April 27, when the new Executive Order (GA 18) outlined plans to cautiously reopen Texas businesses while prioritizing COVID-19 safety restrictions. The governor’s order allowed reopening but did not require it; local businesses could make the choice for themselves if they felt comfortable to reopen and if they could meet the parameters.
On Friday, May 1, businesses including restaurants, retail shops, movie theaters, malls, museums, libraries and single-person offices were allowed to reopen in Texas, but with a limited capacity of 25%.
The poll asking, “Do you plan on visiting any reopened businesses during the first phase of reopening businesses?” received a total of 503 votes. A majority of votes — 63% or 317 votes — chose the option “No, I plan on continuing to practice social distancing and not going out unnecessarily for a while.” Thirty-seven percent — or 186 votes — chose, “Yes, I feel that we are ready to reopen in some capacity.”
A majority of poll voters plan on continuing to practice social distancing and not going out unnecessarily for a while during the first phase of reopening businesses in Texas. The Daily Record gives its readers the opportunity to voice their opinions on different topics through regular community wide polls. This poll does not, and does not purport to accurately depict public opinion. It is only intended to inspire thought-provoking discussion within the community.
SMDR’s new poll is available online now and asks for readers’ opinions on whether they plan on visiting any reopened city parks. It can be voted on now.