Many states have started allowing restaurants to reopen for dine-in customers after months of social distancing restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but it seems like not everyone is ready to venture back out to eat just yet.
In a recent Harris Poll obtained by Business Insider, 40 percent of people said they would feel comfortable going out to eat at a restaurant within a month of the government saying that the "curve" is flattening (meaning they'd feel ready to go out to eat when the rate of coronavirus cases appears to slow down). Additionally, 20 percent of those surveyed said it would take two-to-three months following a dip in COVID-19 cases for them to go out to eat. It's worth pointing out that right now COVID-19 cases are increasing again in many parts of the U.S.
This polling information is similar to that found in a weekly Morning Consult Poll. The most recent installment showed that about 37 percent of adults are comfortable going out to eat right now, which is down from 41 percent last week. However, it is the activity that the 1,501-2,200 people surveyed are most comfortable doing right now, with going on vacation and going to a mall following respectively.
As BI pointed out, this information is important for restaurant owners and workers to know, especially those who rely on dine-in customers to stay afloat. Though some people are going out to eat in states and cities that allow it, restaurant business is still down, likely because of general reluctancy also because of reduced capacity. The industry is slated to lose hundreds of billions of dollars this year because of the pandemic.
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