More than two-thirds (67%) of operators surveyed said they could not reopen sites if there was a ban on serving alcohol, according to the latest Hospitality Leaders’ Poll from Lumina Intelligence. 

Earlier this month it was reported that the government was considering imposing a temporary alcohol ban, when hospitality was first allowed to reopen, as part of its roadmap out of lockdown.

Twenty-seven per cent of respondents said a ban would be either extremely or very impactful on trade, while only 1% said it would not impact their business at all.

The poll also found that 40% of operators believe the vaccine rollout should take priority over rapid lateral flow testing, as a means of encouraging people back to work and urban hospitality venues.

A further 40% said they weren’t sure lateral flow testing would make a difference to people’s feelings about returning to workplaces, while 20% said they thought it was very important.

Meanwhile more than three in five (63%) said changes to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme that allowed for earlier payment holidays was very or extremely useful.

In the latest business confidence tracker, 61% of respondents were confident about the future of their business.

  • The Hospitality Leaders Poll is a conducted by Lumina Intelligence on behalf of MCA, BigHospitality and the Morning Advertiser. 

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