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COVID still weighs heavy on everyday lives of NYers

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Mike Desmond
Siena College found a majority of New Yorkers are comfortable eating out at a restaurant these days.

It was March 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic began, but a new poll out from Siena College Thursday finds COVID decisions still weigh heavy on the minds of New Yorkers every day.

The poll asked people about their comfort level in different situations and found nearly all New Yorkers are carrying a mask with them when they leave home.

At this point, 91% are comfortable going to the grocery store, 73% are comfortable eating inside at a local restaurant, about 60% are comfortable going to work at the job they had prior to COVID or going to a movie, but only about half of people are comfortable attending a professional sporting event or going to the theater.

On the other end of the spectrum, 10% of New Yorkers still don't plan to get vaccinated. That's down from 15% in June and 25% in January.

Perhaps most telling is that only 50% of New Yorkers said they think the worst of the pandemic is over, while 36% predicted the worst is still to come. This compared to a more optimistic 68-17% in June and a 31-55% in January.