Confidence among the bosses of Britain's pub and restaurant groups has been fractured by coronavirus.
The snap survey by CGA found that 85 per cent of senior executives across the out-of-home food and drink market said they were now "concerned" about the threat of coronavirus to their business, with 58 per cent of leaders "very concerned".
It revealed that the majority are expecting a hit on sales, with 42 per cent suggesting it will have an "extremely negative" impact and 51 per cent saying it will be "quite negative".
In addition, more than half (51 per cent) predict it will have an "extremely negative" impact on their profitability.
However, a separate poll by CGA of consumers this week, found that so far the public may not be quite as concerned, with 57 per cent of consumers predicting that they will eat and drink out as much over the next three months as they currently do.
But what can you be doing to minimise the risk of contracting coronavirus?
- Produce staff guidelines to encourage hygienic practices
- Increase availability of hand sanitisers on-site
- Produce staff guidelines in case of isolation cases
- Minimise cashflow risks
- Produce staff guidelines for travel and health
- Develop a plan to minimise the impact of potential site closures