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Virus Impact Reaches Into Easter Observances

Around 68 percent of Americans who observe Easter say their Easter spending will be affected by the coronavirus this year, according to WalletHub’s new Coronavirus Easter Survey, released April 6. This survey, which follows WalletHub’s report on the State Economies Most Exposed to Coronavirus, shows how the coronavirus pandemic has changed Americans’ plans and attitudes regarding Easter.

The complete survey results can be found at

Below are some highlights of the report.

Worshippers don’t want to stay home: 56 percent of Americans who went to church on Easter Sunday last year say they will go to church for Easter this year, if it is open.

Pandemics make us appreciate family and health more: The coronavirus has made Americans most grateful for their family (40 percent), followed by health (29 percent) and then freedom (13 percent).

Traditional Easter spending is down: Almost half of Easter-celebrating Americans are skipping out on candy, new outfits and Easter foods this year, in contrast with prior years.

COVID-19 itself is scarier than financial troubles: 68 percent of Americans are more worried about the coronavirus than the U.S. economy.

Many Americans think lockdowns should last: About half of Americans believe that non-essential business, restaurants and travel should not restart for at least three months.

Republicans are more likely to attend services: Republicans are almost three times more likely than Democrats to attend church on Easter this year, if it is open.