43% Don't Feel Safe Dining In At Restaurants Due To COVID Risk: Study

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

(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. 

Read more from the study by bid-on-equipment.com at THIS LINK