The Restaurant Association sought member feedback on the impact of Covid-19 in a series of short surveys.
This survey was conducted on 25th May, 2020.
As the Country moved into the second week of trading at Level 2 our industry was open. However, level 2 restrictions continued to be extremely challenging to manage and many business were only functioning at 50% capacity, due to physical distancing requirements.
- The survey results indicate that 96% of businesses have now reopened.
- 62% say that trading is less than the same period last year.
- The single most challenging aspect of trading at Level 2 is complying with the Single Server requirements.
“Physical distancing means we are operating with 13 tables in total (5 outside instead of 13 and 9 inside instead of 18) Ie we have only 42% of tables. However, to operate with all the new rules having staff to cover registering customers, single server, etc means our wage costs are running at similar levels when we were operating at our normal 100% trading. It is too simple to just take turnover as the only measure of how well you are doing. This is what concerns me with the next wage subsidy. Even if we get back to 50 to 70% turnover our wage costs etc will mean we are still not covering costs and yet may not be able to ask for the 2nd round wage subsidy.”