A majority of industry professionals polled opposed the idea of attending face-to-face events in October, Professional Pensions finds.
July results from PP's Pensions Buzz survey revealed 52% of industry figures said they would not attend events in October, even if government pilots are successful.
One respondent questioned the validity of the government's pilot, while another suggested a second wave of coronavirus "might be starting to ramp up about then".
"I would not feel safe," another added, while someone else said they have found online events "broadly preferable to physical events".
"Webinars are just fine and a much better use of my time than having to travel to listen to a presentation," said another.
A number of other respondents said they do not expect to travel or attend large events until at least 2021.
Conversely, a quarter of poll respondents said they would be happy to attend face-to-face events in October if the government's trials go well, with one noting it must be done "with caution and where appropriate".
Another pundit said: "It has become tedious sitting at home so I'm very much looking forward to meeting people in person again."
A further person suggested while they are happy to attend events, "the option for vulnerable or anxious people to participate remotely needs to be maintained".
Just over a fifth (22%) of poll respondents were still unsure on their attitudes towards face-to-face events, with many suggesting it depends on personal comfort level and online webinars should still be an option.
Many others suggested it will depend on the size and location of the event and how they will have to travel to the events. Another noted they will be happy to attend "if we have some form of vaccine or significant mitigation".
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