How changes in transport, work and shopping could stay post-pandemic
COVID-19 has impacted our lives in more ways than we ever could have imagined.
A new report by Transurban has found 42 per cent of us think life will return to normal in a year.
But changes to how we commute, work and shop could be here to stay.
According to the report, during lockdown in April, public transport use across the country was down by as much as 80 per cent.
In Sydney in July, when restrictions had eased, it was still 37 per cent lower.
Of the 4500 people surveyed, more than 25 per cent said they'll use less public transport even after COVID-19 has passed.
"Throughout the pandemic, what we've seen is a shift in some of the factors that drive their decisions and safety bubbled to the top," Transurban group executive for NSW Michele Huey said.
Many people have been working from home but that might not be the case for much longer.
A total of 86 per cent of those surveyed by Transurban expected to do most of their job back in their workplace post-pandemic.
"There are probably very human sides to the workplace which is about social interactions and connecting with your colleagues," Ms Huey said.
Our shopping habits have also changed dramatically. In April, online purchases around Australia were up 31 per cent compared to 2019. By the end of July, they were 73 per cent higher in Sydney and up 65 per cent in Brisbane.
"Retailers are indicating they are going to take less space," National Retail Association CEO Dominique Lamb said.
"They are still going to have a bricks and mortar footprint but it's likely to be something different than what we've seen before.
"More of a curated approach, where you can go and observe items, touch and feel them, interact with them and have an experience, while still offering that digital component."