43% Don't Feel Safe Dining In at Restaurants Due to COVID Risk: Study

September 9, 2020
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    (WWJ) Have you been going out to eat lately? 

    If you don't feel comfortable with the idea just yet, you're not alone. 

    In a new study, Bid-On-Equipment found that 43% of Americans feel unsafe dining inside of a restaurant while COVID-19 remains a concern, while 65% are spending more money than ever on takeout meals.

    Millennials are the most likely generation to have dined inside of a restaurant, at 40%, followed by Gen X, at 34%, which indicates that the older Boomer generations remains worried about the risk of going to restaurants amid the pandemic.

    Some other findings in the survey:

    —The average American is ordering 2.4 takeout orders each week — and spending an average of $67 per week.
    —59% choose to order food from local establishments rather than large chains.
    —77% said they’re also leaving a tip on takeout orders, with Millennials and Gen X being the most generous and leaving an average of 15% tip on takeout orders.
    —40% of Americans are tipping less than 15% on their takeout orders.
    —About 1/3 of respondents said they’ve ordered alcohol to-go and a majority, 57%, would like to see alcohol to-go as a permanent option post-pandemic.

    While rules regarding restaurants may vary from state-to-state, many governors have set in place similar regulations. In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer allowed restaurants to resume dine-in service back on June 8 — with limited seating and other COVID-19 safety measures in place. Restaurants are allowed to operate at 50%, with groups sitting at least 6 feet apart. Patrons are requited to wear masks when they enter and while moving around the restaurant, and servers are required to wear masks at all times.

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