For the first time since the pandemic began over a year ago, the country is “by and large completely ‘open’ again according to CGA, the on-premise sales measurement firm. Their research also shows that there are no states left where you cannot make an indoor on-premise visit of some kind. Capacity and other restrictions still apply in many states, but 98% of states have bars open indoors to some capacity and 100% of states have restaurants open indoors to some capacity.
“Naturally, the market is in velocity growth versus the shutdown of 2020 but what perhaps is even more encouraging is that the w/c May 1 is up +4% vs the same time period in 2019,” the CGA report said. “Although the California market took a bit longer than other states to ease restrictions, we are now seeing a real bounce back in the state with it showing the best trends out of all states analyzed versus last year.”
See the full CGA report here.