Even as state governors begin to lift restrictions, Americans are not comfortable with reopening of restaurants, retail stores and other businesses that have deflated the economy since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new University of Maryland-related poll.

The opposition expressed by large majorities of Americans reflects their concerns with becoming infected with the deadly disease and strong belief that the worst of the pandemic has yet to be dealt with.

While about half of states have eased restrictions on businesses, many Americans have been making repeat trips to grocery stores, with more than half of survey respondents sharing they have been comfortable doing so.

On the other hand, 67 percent indicated their discomfort shopping at a retail clothing store, as opposed to 78 percent who would be uncomfortable eating at a sit-down restaurant.

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