Businesses fear that measures introduced to help stop the spread of the virus, including staff and customers having to wear masks when walking around the premises, table dividers, and the use of one-way systems, will hamper their ability to trade in the future, even when the threat of the virus is minimal, with nearly nine in ten respondents (87%) saying they have concerns over such restrictions.
The poll, of business leaders in the restaurant, pub and QSR sectors, also found that the large majority of hospitality business (95%) are encouraged with reports that the Government will drop its one-metre plus social distancing ruling in hospitality.
It also found that over three-quarters of those surveyed (76%) are happy with their property portfolio in terms of location and their property strategy.
Nearly four in five of those who responded to this survey (79%) are confident about the future of their business, up five percentage points on last week.
The Hospitality Leaders Poll is a conducted by Lumina Intelligence on behalf of BigHospitality, MCA and the Morning Advertiser.