On the flip side, the potential need to queue for entry is a deterrent for 54% of people who would see it as a reason to avoid going out. However the research also found that the majority of people will plan in advance to go out now, with only 11% making spur of the moment visits, so forward booking will minimise time spent queueing.
Throughout the lockdown, restaurants showed their ingenuity and flexibility by offering cook at home versions of popular menu dishes, and demand exists for this to continue with 39% of respondents hoping for the option to remain after reopening. Councils have also been encouraged to implement special ‘Pavement Café’ licenses, with several already taking applications. This aids social distancing and will revitalise city centre locations, and the move to introduce a café culture is welcomed by 44% of people in Belfast. Inclement weather in Northern Ireland is always a concern, and how venues will cater for outdoor guests through winter remains to be seen, however new venues such as Cargo in Belfast shows how adaptation is possible.