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Onest Pop Survey – Restaurants post Covid-19

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Onest Pop Survey – Restaurants post Covid-19

  11/05/2021

Onest Pop Survey – Restaurants post Covid-19

11/05/2021

As restaurants prepare to partially open up again, the Onest team conducted a survey to gauge how the Maltese people are feeling towards these lifted restrictions. The survey aimed to compare people’s restaurant habits at the very start of the pandemic, to just before the restrictions were implemented in March. Furthermore, it uncovered whether takeaways have become more popular and what people are looking forward to or concerned about once restaurants can welcome customers back to their venues.

This survey was based on 160 respondents.

Before the start of the pandemic, 35% of the respondents went to restaurants a few times a month. Only 1% of respondents stated that they never went to restaurants during this time. However, before the restrictions were implemented in March, 24% of participants said that they never went to restaurants, mainly those in the age group 35-44 years old. While 46% of participants stated that their tendency to order takeaways increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, 26% stated that they never order takeaways.

Melanie Valenzia,
Market Research Analyst Intern
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Melanie Valenzia,
Market Research Analyst Intern
Fact: I try to walk 10,000 steps a day

ABOUT ONEST  

As restaurants prepare to partially open up again, the Onest team conducted a survey to gauge how the Maltese people are feeling towards these lifted restrictions. The survey aimed to compare people’s restaurant habits at the very start of the pandemic, to just before the restrictions were implemented in March. Furthermore, it uncovered whether takeaways have become more popular and what people are looking forward to or concerned about once restaurants can welcome customers back to their venues.

This survey was based on 160 respondents.

Before the start of the pandemic, 35% of the respondents went to restaurants a few times a month. Only 1% of respondents stated that they never went to restaurants during this time. However, before the restrictions were implemented in March, 24% of participants said that they never went to restaurants, mainly those in the age group 35-44 years old. While 46% of participants stated that their tendency to order takeaways increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, 26% stated that they never order takeaways.

46% of respondents said that they plan on attending restaurants again during the first week of lifted restrictions. 21% of those living with a vulnerable person said that they plan to go to restaurants one month after restaurants reopen. One participant stated, “I will only go to open-air restaurants once I have both vaccines”, while another was wary about the introduction of the new cover charge.

10% of respondents who are employed full-time stated that they will not be attending restaurants because they work until 5 PM, so will miss the opening times that eateries are allowed to stay open till.

Respondents are mainly looking forward to returning to restaurants for the sense of ambience that is felt when eating out. They are secondly most looking forward to being able to sit at a table at an eatery and get some work done. 

46% of respondents said that they plan on attending restaurants again during the first week of lifted restrictions. 21% of those living with a vulnerable person said that they plan to go to restaurants one month after restaurants reopen. One participant stated, “I will only go to open-air restaurants once I have both vaccines”, while another was wary about the introduction of the new cover charge.

10% of respondents who are employed full-time stated that they will not be attending restaurants because they work until 5 PM, so will miss the opening times that eateries are allowed to stay open till.

Respondents are mainly looking forward to returning to restaurants for the sense of ambience that is felt when eating out. They are secondly most looking forward to being able to sit at a table at an eatery and get some work done. 

Interestingly, 64% of those who have been given the COVID-19 vaccine are still going to wait until the 10th of May to book a reservation at a restaurant, and have not booked anything right away.

This chart displays any fears or reservations about restaurants opening back up. The majority of respondents are happy for these plans to go ahead, however, those with concerns worry that the restaurant guidelines are not strict enough. One participant stated, “ [I] Hope restaurants are strictly checked and strictly fined if not inline”, while another expressed, “I am afraid that not all restaurants will stick to the guidelines.”

Interestingly, 64% of those who have been given the COVID-19 vaccine are still going to wait until the 10th of May to book a reservation at a restaurant, and have not booked anything right away.

This chart displays any fears or reservations about restaurants opening back up. The majority of respondents are happy for these plans to go ahead, however, those with concerns worry that the restaurant guidelines are not strict enough. One participant stated, “ [I] Hope restaurants are strictly checked and strictly fined if not inline”, while another expressed, “I am afraid that not all restaurants will stick to the guidelines.”

Overall the data shows that although some participants have limitations regarding the re-opening of the restaurants, the vast majority are looking forward to being able to eat outside again. Most participants will be going to restaurants within the first week of restriction being lifted. Furthermore, most people are waiting until the 10th May to place their reservations, which may suggest that there may be larger queues than normal. The main reason why some residents will not be attending restaurants is because they feel that it is still too risky to do so, as the pandemic continues.

Thank you for your participation.

Overall the data shows that although some participants have limitations regarding the re-opening of the restaurants, the vast majority are looking forward to being able to eat outside again. Most participants will be going to restaurants within the first week of restriction being lifted. Furthermore, most people are waiting until the 10th May to place their reservations, which may suggest that there may be larger queues than normal. The main reason why some residents will not be attending restaurants is because they feel that it is still too risky to do so, as the pandemic continues.

Thank you for your participation.

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