Six in 10 adults feel uncomfortable eating indoors at a restaurant, according to a survey ahead of the Government’s meal deal scheme to encourage dining out.
A fifth of adults surveyed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said they would be comfortable or very comfortable doing so, with 60% disagreeing.
The poll of 1,788 adults in Britain was conducted between July 2-5 as part of its Opinions and Lifestyle Survey.
Pubs and restaurants in England were able to re-open from Saturday July 4, following a series of loosening measures involving shops, hairdressers and cinemas.
A meal deal scheme announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak this week hopes to get more people dining out in August to help the economy recover.
Half-price meals will be offered to diners eating out every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during August as part of the Government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme.
Women were more likely than men, and older people more likely than younger adults, to feel uncomfortable with eating at a restaurant indoors, the ONS said.
Two thirds of the over 70s are uncomfortable with the idea, compared with 59% of adults aged 16-69.
People were more likely to feel comfortable eating at an outdoor table – more than a third (37%) agreed with this while a similar proportion (39%) said they would feel uncomfortable doing so.