A new poll released by Carlow Kilkenny Local Radio (KCLR) on Tuesday morning found that while locals don't go on their usual holidays this year, they are stepping back, staying optimistic and looking forward to doing. local purchases by the end of the year.
A total of 508 respondents took part in the online survey, which is called "Living in Carlow and Kilkenny during Covid-19".
It was made online by KCLR from 11 to 17 May and offers a snapshot of general well-being and attitudes, consumer spending and business.
KCLR general manager Pat Gardiner says it was a vital exercise to tune in on how listeners felt about the pandemic in their lives.
In a statement Tuesday, he said, "We have decided to take temperature on the problem.
"Results are an important body of information … a localized snapshot of how people think and feel right now."
A total of 224 people said business restrictions had an impact on them and their work, while 179 said they weren't. Other respondents noted that they were retired, unemployed or otherwise.
In the meantime, the wages of 28% of people had been affected, with 38% of those with a 40% or more reduction in wages.
A whopping 67% of people admitted that the pandemic had resulted in increased spending on groceries / purchases.
When asked to describe their personal blocking experience, 46% said it was bearable, with 19% citing it difficult and 6% saying "very difficult".
Others said it was a positive experience (17%) and some even said it was "refreshing" (12%).
"What struck me was the resilience of our listeners, who told us to accept restrictions on social distancing and blocking," says Gardiner.
"There are some who find it very difficult but, on the whole, people have found it tolerable and consequently have had a change in attitude."
Family life was the area most affected (51%), followed by social life (32%), financial life (10%) and health (7%).
Over 50% of respondents believed that health and fitness were more important now.
When asked about life after the Covid restrictions were lifted, more than half wanted to go back to how things went in terms of cinema visits and evenings.
However, 35% of people admitted that they are less likely to visit pubs / discos and only 7% would increase their visits. Only 17% admitted to wanting to eat more and 21% did less.
With the beauty industry at a standstill, it was interesting to see that 74% of respondents wanted to resume their normal presence in wellness and beauty centers, while 17% wanted to attend more and 9% to attend less.
When asked about online shopping after the Covid restrictions were lifted, 37% wanted to do less and 10% to do more.
On a positive note, 66% of people wanted to shop locally once the restrictions were lifted.
When it comes to housing, seven percent were looking to buy this year and 8 percent wanted to rent.
For those already in the homes of their dreams, 68% were thinking of investing in the house, garden or both.
Auto sales would move towards used car purchases by the end of the year (13%), with only 3% wanting to buy a new car.
In the meantime, an expert 74% of respondents would shop for insurance quotes.
The humble living room would become popular again in 2020 with 33% staying home for the break, 12% wanted to travel abroad and, unfortunately, 56% had no vacation.
Next year's travel data looked even more promising, with 24% wishing to go on holiday in Ireland and 54% on vacation abroad.
"There is now more focus on supporting local families, volunteer organizations, employees and businesses," says Gardiner.
"As a local radio station, it is important for us to stay connected to the needs of our listeners so that we can continue to offer them the programming they want. It also serves our advertisers, a way to help them help our listeners.
"What has also emerged is the desire of the people of Carlow and Kilkenny to work on this as a whole," he says.
The poll is part of the local roadmap for Kilkenny and Carlow's recovery, he added.
KCLR plans to launch a follow-up survey in the coming months to assess whether people's thoughts and feelings change during the pandemic.