Nearly 90% of people are likely or very likely to return to dining out when restaurants re open, according to a survey by Brasserie Bar Co.

Of those people, nearly 40% said they’ll dine out as soon as they can, while just over 60% said they would wait until they felt safe to.

The survey of almost 13,000 asked what would make diners feel more comfortable about visiting a restaurant or pub, with the majority were focused on tables.

Just over a quarter (26%) said table spacing inside and (24%) said tables available outside would make them feel more comfortable.

Respondents were less concerned about seeing staff wearing face masks, with only 13% saying that face coverings would strengthen their confidence in eating out.

The majority of respondents (62%) said they have no concerns about using restaurant cutlery, crockery and glass wear when going out to eat.

Raymond Blanc said: “The hospitality sector has been hit particularly hard and on both a personal and professional level, telling staff that we would have to close our doors indefinitely was very difficult indeed. It now feels like we’re starting to turn a corner with re-opening on the horizon.

“This survey shows a new confidence about eating out which feels promising. We’re looking forward to welcoming customers back safely as soon as we can.”

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