May 30, 2020
A recent consumer survey has found that despite the American dining scene reopening, more than half of US residents need the number of COVID-19 cases to be dropping before visiting a restaurant.
London, United Kingdom - May 30, 2020 /PressCable/ —
UNITED STATES, 28 May 2020 — A recent survey by Truly Experiences has found that despite restaurants across the country beginning to reopen their doors Americans don’t feel comfortable visiting bars and restaurants.
A key determinant to whether US residents will be dining out again is the number of new cases daily.
More than half of Americans (51%) require the number of cases to be dropping to feel comfortable enough to dine out, while 42% would need the government to give the green light. 27% would need a vaccine to be found, and 38% require a vaccine to be available before visiting a restaurant.
The US has not enforced a uniform national policy; some states have allowed the hard-hit hospitality industry to reopen, while others have insisted bars and restaurants remain shut.
In states where the dining scene is beginning to welcome sit-down customers again, the study forecasts that restaurants can expect a larger proportion of older diners. Only 11% of Americans above 45 require a vaccine to be found before they are comfortable dining out again, compared with 27% of the general population.
The survey also revealed insights into what diners are expecting the dining scene to look like post-lockdown. Diners are expected to be seated further apart (86%), waiters to be wearing gloves (67%) and restrictions to be put in place on group dining (65%).
1 in 4 Americans are predicting higher-priced food items at restaurants. In contrast, just 8% expect lower-priced menus. More frequent cleaning and disinfecting, the usage of single-use menus, as well as additional food safety practices are expected.
The survey, carried out in April and May 2020, also found:
9% of people are only expecting to dine out again next year
4% of people do not intend to dine out after lockdown
25% of people expect reduced menus at restaurants
34% of people expect their temperatures to be tested before entering restaurants
The impact of the novel coronavirus is expected to be significant as Americans have in recent years spent more at restaurants than at grocery stores. It remains to be seen how restaurants will adapt to new normals in the food and beverage industry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently released its guidelines for the reopening of restaurants. In particular, the CDC highlighted the requirement for the “use of cloth face coverings among all staff”.
Name: Jack Huang
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Organization: Truly Experiences
Address: Tower Bridge Business Complex 100 Clements Rd, London, London SE16 4DG, United Kingdom
Release ID: 88959717
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