Less Than Half Of Americans Say They Will Eat At Restaurants Within A Month Of The Coronavirus Curve Flattening

Food & Drink

TOPLINE

The restaurant industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and there has been hope that as states reopen, people will return to restaurants—but a recent poll indicates that 60% of Americans won’t be comfortable going to restaurants within a month of the coronavirus infection rate flattening. 

KEY FACTS

Only 40% of Americans would go out to a restaurant within a month, according to a Harris Poll shared with Business Insider that surveyed more than 3,000 Americans between June 26 and 29. 

Other Americans will be comfortable months after the curve flattens, with 20% saying it would take two to three months and 11% saying it would take at least a year.

Although it is a slim minority, 2% said they will never feel comfortable going out to eat again. 

key context

Since March, there have been nearly 140,000 total business closures on Yelp, the company’s latest Local Economic Impact Report found. 41% have closed permanently. Compared to other industries that have been impacted by state shutdowns, such as retail and fitness, restaurants had the highest number of business closures in March. Of the businesses that closed, 17% are restaurants, and 53% of the restaurant closures are indicated as permanent on Yelp. Restaurants that have remained open have pivoted to focusing on takeout and delivery, offering virtual cooking classes and experimenting with take-home meal and drink kits, Yelp found. 

news peg

New Yorkers won’t be allowed to eat indoors at restaurants starting next week, as was scheduled. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the news on Wednesday after new coronavirus cases have surged across the country. New Jersey also postponed indoor dining which was set to resume on Thursday. Arizona, California, Texas, Florida, Louisiana and other states are revising reopening plans following spikes in coronavirus cases.

crucial quote

“We see a lot of problems and we particularly see problems revolving around people going back to bars and restaurants indoors,” De Blasio said at a press briefing Wednesday. “Indoors is the problem more and more, the science is showing it more and more.”

Further reading

Poll Finds 60% Of Americans Aren’t Ready To Start Dining Out Again, And It Shows Why Restaurants Being Allowed To Open Won’t Prevent Mass Closures (Business Insider)

The Great Coronavirus Rollback: California The Latest State To Abandon Reopening Plans Amid Record Coronavirus Surge (Forbes)

Iowa Becomes First State Permanently Legalizing Cocktails To-Go—But More Likely Coming (Forbes)

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