More than one in ten will continue visit pubs and restaurants “at least as often” to show support to the sector, CGA’s latest snap poll has revealed.

Whilst the majority (58%) of consumers between the ages of 18 and 65 have said they will stop visiting hospitality venues in line with the Government advice, 14% have said they plan to continue, or even up their visits in a display of support the industry.

Younger consumers appear to be the most sceptical about the Government’s advice, with only a third saying they would stop going out to eat or drink, although half said they would cut back.

With 28% of the overall sample saying they would go out less, the delivery market is set for a boost.

35% of respondents suggested they will get food delivered, a figure which rose to 40% in 21-24 year olds and 38% in 25-34 year olds. 12% said they would use click and collect for eating a drinking out.

When asked about the decision taken by Government to discourage social gatherings, 14% felt it was overly drastic and unnecessary. Just under half (49%) said it was the right course of action, and over a third (34%) said more should be being done.

“For the hospitality sector itself, the results are both good and bad news,” said Peter Martin, vice president of CGA.

“They show some people are still willing to go out, but not in anywhere enough numbers to sustain business. By not ordering pub and restaurant closures, operators have been left in limbo, without insurance cover if they close, but not enough trade to pay wages, without specific and major Government aid.”