Nearly three quarters of Brits say they fear eating at restaurants, following Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s plea for the country to “eat out to help out”.
Polling has found 73 per cent are worried about the risk of Covid-19 infection at sit down restaurants.
Nearly half (43 per cent) of those surveyed admitted that they will visit restaurants a lot less frequently, and 17 per cent said that they will not visit restaurants at all.
The independent poll of 1,000 Brits commissioned by hospitality software provider BookingTek, who are behind app TableRes, found 81 per cent fear handling things that have been touched by many people, such as paper menus.
More than a third said they would stick to takeaways instead.
Matthew Stubbs, CEO & Founder of BookingTek, said: “Restaurants and bars in many US states are being forced to close again, shortly after reopening without good social distancing tools in place.
“In these trying times, it’s essential that the hospitality industry equips itself with touchless technology to help manage social distancing at all stages of the customer journey.
“This will not only ensure staff and guests remain safe, but it will also ease the minds of prospective customers who are, quite rightly, still concerned about the risk of infection at close quarters in enclosed spaces.
“TableRes is a tried and tested application that is now available free of charge to all medium and large chains worldwide.”