As we inch toward a more normalized economy, the focus will be on how we can make people feel more comfortable about going out and about again. Our economy needs it and our food service sector desperately needs it – but it’s not going to be easy.
In a survey conducted in mid-May by the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University and Angus Reid Institute, 60 per cent of Canadians say they are either fine with going to a restaurant or willing to do so, although with caution.
Still, 40 per cent intend to continue to avoid restaurants. In essence, two out of every five Canadians aren’t even thinking of going to a restaurant. Some of that group will tolerate curbside service or delivery, but many just don’t want to take a chance.