Of the poll of business leaders from the restaurant, pub and QSR sectors, 30% say they have no outside space, making an April reopening impossible, while 33% say it not viable for other reasons.
Only 11% of respondents say that they would reopen for business on 12 April.
More positively, four in five (83%) respondents say they will be able to keep their business solvent until17 May, when businesses will be able to reopen for dine-in and drink-in trdae, through a combination of grants, savings and investments.
Only 3% of respondents believe that the 10-week wait will be too long, and they would be forced to enter insolvency proceedings.
The poll also found that there is a low level of confidence from the sector that the Government’s roadmap for reopening the country would go to plan, with 68% of those asked saying they had low levels of confidence, compared with 17% who had a high degree of confidence.
Only 13% of respondents say that have a good level of confidence in the Government’s roadmap plans.
In the latest business confidence tracker, 60% of those surveyed said they were confident about the future of their business – relatively unchanged from 61% in the previous week’s poll.
The Hospitality Leaders Poll is a conducted by Lumina Intelligence on behalf of BigHospitality, MCA, and the Morning Advertiser.