4940.0 - Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, 10-15 June 2020  
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Return to activities

Key findings

  • In the second week of June most parents reported they had sent, or were intending to send, their children to school or child care in person (92%).
  • The majority of Australians reported going shopping or intending to go shopping in physical retail stores (90%).

Activities as restrictions ease

The Australian Government has implemented a national three stage plan to begin easing the COVID-19 restrictions. At the time of the survey, the majority of states and territories were in stage 2 of the national plan, while some had moved to stage 3. The restrictions in place allowed people to gather in small groups outdoors and inside some venues. There were limits on the number of people allowed to gather, with social distancing rules applied.

The survey asked respondents if they had participated in selected activities in the previous week, and whether they were intending to return to selected activities over the next four weeks if restrictions allowed. These activities were:
  • attending a workplace in person
  • attending an educational institution in person
  • sending children to school or child care in person
  • attending a social gathering of more than 10 people
  • dining in at restaurants or cafés
  • going to licensed venues including pubs or bars
  • shopping in physical retail stores
  • using a hair or beauty service including a hairdresser, barbershop or beauty salon
  • attending an open home sale or auction
  • going to a gym, boot camp or swimming pool
  • using public recreational areas including beaches, parks, playgrounds and skate parks
  • playing sports or attending training sessions.

Popular activities that people had either returned to, or expected to return to soon, were sending their children to school and child care, shopping in physical retail stores, using hair and beauty services, attending work in person, using public recreational spaces, and dining in at restaurants and cafés. The activities for which people least expected to return to their usual attendance soon were: open home sales or auctions, playing sports or training sessions, gyms, boot camps and swimming pools.

Based on Australians aged 18 years and over who usually participate in each activity, the survey found:
  • Around nine in ten Australians with children (89%) sent their children to school or child care in person in the previous week with another 3% intending to do so in the next four weeks.
  • Almost three in four (72%) went shopping in physical retail stores in the previous week with another 18% expecting to do so in the next four weeks.
  • Three in five Australians with jobs (60%) attended their workplace in person in the previous week, with another 18% intending to do so in the next four weeks. For the previous week, more men (66%*) reported attending their workplace in person than women (53%).

A third of Australians (34%) reported using a hair or beauty service in the last week and two in five (43%) intended to use one in the next four weeks.

Combining activity in the past week with intentions in the next four weeks, other popular activities were:
  • using public recreational areas including beaches, parks, playgrounds and skate parks (77% either have used or intend to use)
  • dining in at restaurants or cafés (76%)
  • attending a social gathering of more than 10 people (60%).

Persons aged 18 years and over who usually participate in an activity, participation in the last week and intention to participate in the next four weeks
Graph image for persons aged 18 years and over who usually participate in an activity showing participation in the last week and intention to participate in the next four weeks
Footnote(s): (a) Includes hairdresser, barbershop or beauty salon. (b) Includes beaches, parks, playgrounds and skate parks. (c) Had participated in selected activities in the previous week (d) Whether intending to return to selected activities over the next four weeks, but have not participated in the activity in the last week.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2020

Changes in usual attendance at place of work or study

For those who reported attending their place of work or study in person in the last week, or who intend to in the next four weeks, the survey asked about any changes in their attendance when compared to their usual practices before the COVID-19 restrictions.

Over three quarters of Australians (77%) who usually attend their workplace in person reported they attended in the previous week, or intend to attend in person within the next four weeks.

Compared to the time before COVID-19 restrictions, the survey found:
  • 13% attended or expected to attend their workplace more often
  • 31% attended or expected to attend less often
  • 53%* attended or expected to attend about the same.

Just over half of Australians (56%*) who usually attend an educational institution in person reported they attended in the previous week, or intend to attend in person within the next four weeks.

Compared to the time before COVID-19 restrictions, the survey found:
  • 13%* attended or expected to attend their educational institution more often
  • 24%* attended or expected to attend less often
  • 63%* attended or expected to attend about the same.