One-fifth of Americans now feel more comfortable visiting hospitality venues

22nd May, 2020 by Owen Bellwood

One in five consumers said they now “feel more comfortable” visiting restaurants as hospitality venues in the US reopen after coronavirus lockdown measures were eased across the country.

21% of Americans say they “feel more comfortable” visiting restaurants despite the coronavirus pandemic

A study released by global analytics and advice firm Gallup found that in the week ending 17 May, 21% of US adults indicated that they had visited a restaurant in the past 24 hours. An increase over the previous week, when just 13% said they had visited a hospitality venue.

Although the survey did not specify if people dined in at the restaurant or collected takeaway, Gallup said the findings indicated that “people feel more comfortable about going outside their home to get food than at any point during the coronavirus situation”.

As lockdown orders and stay-home measures across the US have begun easing, restaurants and bars in the country are beginning to reopen.

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance for bars preparing to reopen and The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in California announced measures for bars and restaurants to serve alcohol on adjacent car parks and pavements.

As well as visiting bars and restaurants, the Gallup study also found that “significantly fewer” Americans are avoiding public places or small gatherings.

However, 79% of those polled said they wear face masks when out in public, and the majority still say they are avoiding going to public places and are mostly self-isolating.

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