In a survey of 262 hospitality leaders across restaurants, pubs and QSR businesses, 61% of respondents say progress has not just halted but is on the decline, with only 18% reporting no change since the summer.
Almost a quarter of respondents (21%), however, reported that they were continuing to make progress into the autumn months.
The survey also shows that only a tiny proportion of operators (2%) believe the hospitality industry has been a “major source” for rising rates of coronavirus.
A slim majority (51%) believe the industry’s contribution to rising infection rates is “negligible”.
Meanwhile just under a third of those polled (31%) said the industry had “somewhat” contributed to rising rates.
Confidence was down 10 percentage points in the week commencing 21 September, with just 58% saying they were confident about the future of their business.
Recent figures from Public Health England show that only 5% of all outbreaks are linked to the hospitality sector.
The survey was conducted by Lumina Intelligence on behalf of BigHospitality, MCA, and the Morning Advertiser.