Results Are In: Quarantine Response Poll

By Samantha Stallard, Director of Marketing & Business Development

Last week, we posted a poll to our Twitter and Instagram communities, with questions ranging from, "What's the first thing you will do once restrictions are lifted?" to "What's more essential, wine or coffee?" And the results are in! You guys can't wait to get back to dirty dives bars and planning your next vacation, though it's pretty split on whether alcohol or caffeine is getting you through the days.

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Explore our questions and answers, as well as a few tips based on the results:

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Plan a nice dinner out: 68% 
Plan a vacation: 32%
 
The decision about whether you can safely venture out of the house, never mind travel to a different state or country, will come when we've managed to "flatten the curve" of coronavirus cases across the globe. So, while planning a dream vacation might offer a much needed mental escape during such uncertain times, be safe and don't plan anything before Q4 of this year or even 2021.
 
Another "safe" vacation tip is to plan a regional trip. With countries operating on different timelines, some will keep their borders closed longer than others. By planning a long weekend road trip to a nearby city, you will have more control of your travel and can pivot without added airline fees.

We're *all* missing human interaction and are adjusting to a world in which socializing involves staring at your loved ones through a screen. So while we wait for festival life to resume in the fall and to help you get inspired and excited for our current digital culture, Eventbrite recommends eight ways to turn your current events virtual:

  1. Teach a workshop on your business expertise
  2. Interview an industry influencer
  3. Show how to make your most popular cupcake
  4. Host a series of courses on perennial gardening
  5. Run a question and answer session about your business
  6. Demo your brand-new product
  7. Run an awareness webinar prompting attendees to donate to your cause
  8. Teach your yoga/art/dance class online
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Human interaction: 98%
Incredible content: 2%

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Coachella: 82%
Bonnaroo: 18%
 
While we've had to watch so many festivals and events be canceled, a sense of hope and excitement remains for the ones that are postponed until the fall. While, of course, anything could happen in the next six months, we all know the anticipation of an upcoming event is half the fun.
 
In the meantime, artists and musicians worldwide are hosting virtual concerts you can tune into from the comfort of your couch. Check out Billboard's ever-expanding list of shows and musical events to stream from home!

While the best way to support restaurants is to order takeout through them directly, Grubhub has also suspended fees for their restaurant partners, and proceeds from their Donate the Change program are going to the Grubhub Community Relief Fund.

Our colleagues at Bon Appétit think this is also a great time to show your support for your favorite restaurant, bar, or coffee shop by buying some merch, especially if you’ve been wearing the same ratty shirt for five days in a row. Check out their complete list of ways to help the industry here.

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Ordering takeout: 75%
Donating/buying gift cards: 25%
 

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Social media, duh: 92%
Puzzles and meditation: 8%
 
I think we've all collectively been shocked and appalled by our screen time reports the last month, but now's the time to give ourselves a break. We're consuming copious amounts of news, trying to stay connected to loved ones, and yes, being sucked into mindless entertainment like Instagram Live and TikTok.
 
Be sure to balance staring at your phone, tablet, and computer with screen-free activities like long walks, baking, meditation, and board games. Right now, calming anxieties, staying healthy, and maintaining relationships are more important than digital-consumption-shaming each other.

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Drinks at a dirty dive bar: 80%
A Michelin star meal: 20%
 
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Coffee: 57%
Wine: 43%

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Cleaning supplies: 80%
Toilet paper: 20%
 
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Big box stores (contactless delivery): 64%
Fast fashion (mask making): 36%

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No, I prefer the gym: 62%
Yes, I'm even more motivated: 38%
 
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Amazing: 65%
Terrible: 35%
 
The timelines change depending on how the public responds to the restrictions. But the overall message remains the same, the less we go to the beach and the more we follow advice to wash our hands frequently, cough and sneeze into our elbows and practice social distancing, the better mathematical models will look and the sooner the world will reopen.

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