New data from ONS show that UK citizens continued to eat out in September, even though the governments Eat Out to Help Out Scheme had ended.
As shown in the chart, eating-out grew in popularity week-by-week through August 2020. This could be a result of diners developed confidence that eating out was safe.
Eating out continued through September, suggesting that the activity was driven by underlying demand rather than by government subsidy. Some foodservice operations continued to offer incentives independently.
Looking ahead, however, returning restrictions (e.g.: the 10 O’clock curfew, local lockdowns) coupled with worsening weather (making it less pleasant to sit outside) pose threats to foodservice performance.
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