Three-quarters (76%) of operators asked would rather delay reopening their businesses in order to operate with no restrictions rather than open early with high or very high-tiered restrictions, the latest Lumina Intelligence’s Hospitality Leaders Poll has revealed.

The poll also found that 47% of operators expect their landlords to ask for full payment as soon as the lease forfeiture and debt enforcement moratoria ends in March. Of those operators, only 11% believed they would be able to pay this without issue, while 32% said they would not be able to accommodate that request.

While almost half of operators (44%) of operators asked said that an extension to the government’s furlough scheme would be a lifeline for their business.

While the percentage of operators who were not confident in the future trading of their business worsened from 38% to 42%.

Hospitality Leaders Poll