Change in pub and restaurant visitor behavior after COVID-19 warning in the UK 2020

Following the warning from the UK Prime Minister to avoid pubs, clubs and other social venues on March 16, 2020, 58 percent of consumers who visit bars, pubs and restaurants said they will stop visiting. The advice, given in light of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, aimed to help reduce the spread of the disease. However 14 percent of consumers said they still plan to visit at least as often in order to support the sector during this difficult time, while a further 28 percent said they will visit less frequently.

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Change in frequency of visiting to pubs, bars and restaurants following coronavirus (COVID-19) warning in the United Kingdom (UK) on March 16, 2020*

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Release date

March 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

March 17, 2020

Number of respondents

500 respondents

Age group

18-65 years

Special properties

Consumers who visit pubs, bars and restaurants

Supplementary notes

* UK prime minister Boris Johnson warned the public to avoid pubs, bars and restaurants in his statement regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 16, 2020.

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