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Pandemic will limit North Shore holiday gatherings: poll

Less than a quarter of residents say they are planning normal festivities
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There won't be as many large family gatherings on the North Shore this season, as 43 per cent of local residents polled say the will limit the size of holiday festivities.

Despite roughly 90 per cent local vaccination rates for those 12 and over, most North Shore residents say they won't be attending any large gatherings over the holidays.

The North Shore News polled 1,275 readers and asked the question: Will you limit the size of family/social gatherings over the holidays due to the pandemic?

The poll ran from Nov. 26 to Dec. 8. Of the 1,275 votes, we can determine that 595 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

Yes, even with widespread vaccinations, we don't want to risk it. 43.03 % local, 44.16 % total    
No, we have all been vaccinated and are looking forward to normal festivities. 23.70 % local, 24.39 % total    
Large gatherings were never in the plans for me regardless. 33.28 % local, 31.45 % total    
  Local   Total

Although there are no official restrictions on in-person gatherings for Vancouver Coastal Health, Dr. Bonnie Henry has urged residents to keep their festivities small, even for those who are vaccinated.

Results are based on an online study of adult North Shore News readers that are located on the North Shore. The margin of error which measures sample variability is +/- 2.74%, 19 times out of 20.

The North Shore News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.