Hospitality Leaders Poll

A majority of hospitality leaders (62%) want to see a return of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme post-lockdown, while 85% believe the public would support it, Lumina Intelligence’s Hospitality Leaders Poll reveals.

A majority (62%) of operators are also confident they can avoid redundancies in the wake of mounting costs in the form of furlough payments, National Insurance and pension contributions – though 31% said they were “not at all confident” they could avoid lay-offs.

More than four in five operators feel the Government is not taking into account evidence from public health officials that suggests pubs, bars and restaurants are low risk for virus transmission.

Ministers were told by public health directors Gregg Fell and Dr Richard Harding last week that hospitality “certainly isn’t a huge risk” which it comes to transmission, but 82% of industry leaders do not believe the Government has heeded such advice.

Business confidence saw a slight uplift this week, with two-thirds (67%) saying they were at least “quite” confident about the future of their business.

A third 33% of operators said they were not confidence about the future, down from 42% last Friday (29 January).