The majority of business operators said the new ‘rule-of-six’ will “negatively impact” the industry moving into autumn, according to the latest Lumina Intelligence Hospitality Leaders poll.
Out of 219 operators questioned, 21% expected the negative effect to be “major”, 37% “moderate” and 27% “minor”.
The study found that the remaining percentile actually predicted either positive or no impact.
The ‘rule-of-six restrictions’, brought into effect on 14 September, also come after the Eat Out to Help Out support scheme has ended in most restaurants, pubs and cafes.
The study also shows 71% of operators predict a negative impact moving forward, including cancelled bookings.
In addition, 39% of those surveyed said they agreed that the Eat Out to Help Out could have led to a spike in coronavirus cases, with 33% saying that they disagreed. The remaining third (29%) responded that they were “unsure”.