The majority of operators have no plans to extend the EOHO scheme past August, according to the latest Hospitality Leaders Poll carried out by Lumina Intelligence for MCA, Big Hospitality and the MA.

Despite several operators planning to do so, of the 234 questioned by the poll, just 26% said they will offer some sort of early week discount into September and beyond.

And they were split when questioned whether offering discounts could be damaging for their business going forward, with 48% fearing it might and 52% thinking it would not.

In terms of the safety guidelines, ensuring that more than two households are not mingling is a challenge for the industry, with just 16% planning to “strictly enforce” compliance and 59% leaving it up to the customer. Another 21% were unhappy to interfere in customer groups.

But when asked whether they had any sympathy for operators not abiding by the guidelines, 47% had a “zero tolerance” approach while 30% thought those not complying should be named and shamed.

Confidence is down week on week, with the number of operators asked who were ‘quite confident’, ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ in the future of their business falling from 73% to 67%.