Survey: Americans still social distancing, but intensity is evolving

After peaking at 84% near the start of April, Americans’ avoidance of small gatherings of people, such as with friends and family, continues to decline — with a six-percentage-point drop in the past week to 56%. Americans are now as likely to be avoiding small gatherings as they were in the third week of March, as social distancing was still ramping up.

Meanwhile, much larger majorities of Americans continue to report they are avoiding traveling and going to public places like stores or restaurants. These behaviors have held firm over the past three weeks.

Likewise, wearing face masks outside the home remained at the peak level of 83% that was reached the prior week.