HOUSTON, T.X. (KIAH) — The second Easter of the pandemic will arrive Sunday, and even though COVID-19 is still here, you may be wondering just how much it’s going to affect normal holiday routines this year.
A new WalletHub survey compared the differences in what people are planning this year and what they did last year.
According to the survey, 55 percent of people will stay home to celebrate Easter this year compared to 68 percent last year, and Americans are 23 percent more likely to celebrate with friends and family this year than last year.
Along with that finding, the survey showed that the coronavirus has made Americans more grateful for their family (39 percent) than health (29 percent) or freedom (12 percent).
With 47 percent of Americans saying religion has helped them through the pandemic, 18 percent of people said they plan to go to church on Easter this year compared to 10 percent who went last year. Despite that finding, 47 percent don’t think organized religion has done enough to help during the pandemic.
Among people who observe Easter, 91 million say coronavirus will affect their spending this year — a 47 percent drop from last year. The survey also found 64 percent of people say the pandemic won’t affect how much money they’ll spend on Easter this year.
What what about the state of the country this Easter?
Among respondents, 58 percent said the country is not as close to normal as they expected at this time last year.