Don’t give up that outdoor space yet. Outdoor seating may continue to be an important factor for consumers still worrying about COVID in the Delta variant era.
The on-premise consulting firm CGA has said in a recent COVID impact report that over a third (36%) of consumers only use or have a preference for outdoor seating when visiting bars and restaurants.
“Looking forward to Fall and Winter, outdoor dining will continue to play a significant part. Less than one in five (18%) of those currently using outdoor seating say they will switch exclusively to indoor seating during these seasons. Three in five (58%) will use outdoor seating the same amount as now, with a quarter still using it, but with less regularity. Continuing to provide this facility will, therefore, remain important even in the colder weather,” the report said.
The CGA report sampled over 1,600 on-premise consumers across four key states (California, Florida, New York & Texas) from July 29 – August 2.
For more details on the report go here.