Only 40% pf people will go to a restaurant for dinner within one month of the novel coronavirus infection rate declining, a new poll indicates, and it will take two to three months for another 20% to consider it.
Results of the survey by The Harris Poll of 3,000 adults taken June 26-29 was published by Business Insider on Wednesday and is the latest poll by the agency that has tracked consumer sentiment on restaurants for 15 weeks.
The report did not indicate whether the results were limited to indoor dining only or included both indoor and outdoor dining. It comes as some municipalities and states have begun to ease restrictions imposed by various government entities to slow and/or slow the spread of the novel coronavirus which causes the flu-like COVID-19 respiratory illness.
In addition to outdoor dining, several states also had allowed indoor eating with regulations regarding a minimum distance between tables. However, some have begin to resume that restriction. New Jersey was the latest, initially set to resume indoor dining Thursday, but then delayed that decision.
Beyond the 60% that would need one to three months to resume dining at a restaurant, another 17% said it would take four to six months to do so; 10% would require seven to 11 months; 11% said it would take them at least a year; and 2% said they would never feel comfortable eating at a restaurant again.
The poll appeared to add to the woes of the industry. Yelp on June 25 released a report that more than 10,000 restaurants already have permanently closed since March 1.
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