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 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”.