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Survey: Here's How Portlanders Feel About Going Out Right Now

Outdoor dining remains the pre-COVID activity we're most comfortable with.
April 23, 2021
Eating outdoors at places like North 45: Still the going-out activity we're most comfortable with. (North 45)

Over the last two weeks, we surveyed 159 Portlanders about their comfort level with going out right now. The results show that, although 65% of respondents have been either fully or partially vaccinated, Portlanders are still most comfortable with outdoor dining out of all going-out activities, especially as compared to dining indoors, going to movie theaters, or visiting museums.

Seventeen percent of respondents said they felt "as comfortable as they did in 2019" dining on restaurant patios, choosing 5 on a scale of 1 to 5. Another 28% ranked their comfort level at 4 out of 5, and only 13% said they felt "not comfortable at all" with restaurant patios (1 out of 5).

1 = "Not at all comfortable"; 5 = "As comfortable as I was in 2019"

 

On the other end of the spectrum, going to movie theaters was ranked the least comfortable activity, with dining in restaurants close behind. Over half (57%) of respondents felt “not comfortable at all” eating indoors, and even more (65%) felt "not comfortable at all" going to movie theaters. Both activities are now permitted in Portland, though generally considered to be riskier. 

1 = "Not at all comfortable"; 5 = "As comfortable as I was in 2019"

1 = "Not at all comfortable"; 5 = "As comfortable as I was in 2019"

Results are mostly consistent with a similar EverOut survey conducted in Seattle, although more Seattleites were comfortable with visiting museums.

When asked what would make respondents feel more comfortable with the activities above, getting the vaccine was the most common answer. Twenty-seven percent of those who took part in the survey are fully vaccinated, with another thirty-seven percent partially vaccinated. Three percent of those who took the EverOut survey are not currently planning to get vaccinated. 63% of respondents were between ages 25-44.


 

In response to the write-in question, "Are there any pre-COVID activities you would feel comfortable doing that are not currently allowed in Portland?", 21 respondents answered "no," the most common answer. Nine people also wrote in "live music" or some variation of that, and others mentioned swimming pools, libraries, outdoor sporting events, and zoos.

The latter two activities are currently allowed in Portland—tickets are currently available for the Portland Timbers' home games this month and into the fall, and the Portland Pickles are set to allow spectators when their season opens in June. The Oregon Zoo is also open for advance online reservations.