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Phase 3 consumer confidence survey: Caution, trepidation from northern Illinois residents thinking of eating out, getting a haircut

Some residents excited to head out, most taking a wait-and-see approach to Phase 3

Scott Morris of Crystal Lake poses for a portrait inside his home on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Crystal Lake. "It's a weird feeling moving into Phase 3.  Will I be going out for Phase 3? I don't think so. I am happy for the restaurants, especially the mom and pop ones, but I don't think myself or my family will be outside dining. Even with the recommendations and guidelines that will be in place, I just won't take the chance. I can't count how many times I have seen people in stores without a mask or with their mask pulled down. That's where the struggle for me is, it just takes one person to not follow the recommendations or guidelines and they can affect so many people. My wife has medical issues that put her at a higher risk along with my mom who lives with us being in that elderly age. I just don't think the risk is worth it. I need a haircut really badly but after seeing what has happened in Missouri at one salon, I am not sure I want to risk it. I hope the people that do go out for phase 3 follow the recommendations and guidelines. My biggest fear is that we see a huge spike in cases like what we see happening in Wisconsin. But I think for myself and family, we will continue to follow the stay in place and see what happens," said Morris.
Scott Morris of Crystal Lake poses for a portrait inside his home on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Crystal Lake. "It's a weird feeling moving into Phase 3. Will I be going out for Phase 3? I don't think so. I am happy for the restaurants, especially the mom and pop ones, but I don't think myself or my family will be outside dining. Even with the recommendations and guidelines that will be in place, I just won't take the chance. I can't count how many times I have seen people in stores without a mask or with their mask pulled down. That's where the struggle for me is, it just takes one person to not follow the recommendations or guidelines and they can affect so many people. My wife has medical issues that put her at a higher risk along with my mom who lives with us being in that elderly age. I just don't think the risk is worth it. I need a haircut really badly but after seeing what has happened in Missouri at one salon, I am not sure I want to risk it. I hope the people that do go out for phase 3 follow the recommendations and guidelines. My biggest fear is that we see a huge spike in cases like what we see happening in Wisconsin. But I think for myself and family, we will continue to follow the stay in place and see what happens," said Morris.

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On Wednesday, Shaw Media Illinois asked our readers on social media three questions on how they're feeling about a few specific topics related to Illinois entering Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan.

We had about 60 responses in this unscientific survey, but wanted to share the results and feedback to provide a snapshot of northern Illinois residents as the state enters a pivotal day in the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked respondents to provide their first name and town in which they live.

Specifically, we asked these three questions:

1. Do you plan on going to a bar or restaurant? What are your thoughts on that?

2. Are you going to get your haircut? What are your thoughts on this before you do? (Optional: When is the last time you got a haircut?)

3. Are you planning on meeting up with friends and family? What are your thoughts on keeping that group to 10 or fewer?

Restaurants/Bars

From our snapshot: 51% of respondents said they had no intention of going out to eat or drink, 19% said they weren't ready to do it yet, 9% said they would only if it was clear the restaurant was following social distancing and PPE guidelines, and 21% said they would go out with no hesitations.

Comments from respondents included:

Michael from Crystal Lake: "I will go to a restaurant as long as it looks like people are social distancing, wearing masks, and behaving like reasonable members of society."

Shelly from DeKalb: "No, not for several weeks until I can see if the number of cases increases after more people start going out."

Gina from Geneva: "Nope, studies show how easily it spreads in restaurants."

Haircuts

From our snapshot, respondents were a little more comfortable getting a haircut than going to a restaurant or bar, with 60% of those who responded said they were planning on getting a haircut, while 40% said they had no plans for a haircut.

Comments from respondents included:

Christy from Joliet: "Yes I think if I can shop with 100 people I can let one cut my hair."

Sandra from Crystal Lake: "Yes!!! I’m not worried at all. The person that cuts my hair has a one chair studio."

Gina from Ottawa: "No, I am not going to get a haircut or give a haircut. I own a small business in my home and am not opening right now. I do not feel it’s safe to be in such close proximity, especially for a period of time as in to get/give a haircut. I am finding it hard to understand how if social distancing is suggested and even could be dangerous then, that hairdressers and barbers be in phase 3 and opening now."

Gatherings of 10 or fewer people

From our snapshot, respondents were most likely to see family and friends as compared to going to a restaurant or get a haircut. Almost 70% of respondents planned on seeing friends or family, with the majority of that group saying they would observe social distancing and/or wear a mask.

Steph from Genoa: "I will, but everyone will be required to follow mask and social distancing protocol, and we will meet outside. I think 10 is stretching it, especially with the radius that this virus can travel. It has an N value (infection value) of greater than 1 still, so that means for every ten people, if one gets infected you are looking at 2-3 others, plus family, being infected. Not worth it."

Jennifer from Aurora: "Yes. Already have been seeing family in small groups. Will continue to do so until larger groups are safer."

Amanda from Maple Park: "After so much time with just us, more than 10 people would be crazy overstimulation. I’m looking forward to meeting with just one other family at a time."

We're still taking responses and will do an update if we get enough. You can submit your responses here: http://shawurl.com/2020survey

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