A new survey has revealed that over half (52%) of British adults have not visited a pub since March of this year, despite the reopening of food and beverage establishments in early July in England.
This was found in a survey by Perspectus Global, which also reported that nearly four in 10 (37%) felt it was not safe to return to pubs and bars.
Because of this, nearly one in 10 (9%) worry that their local pub may not survive the coming months, if they have not gone under already.
Meanwhile, over a quarter (26%) will refuse to return until a vaccine is found, and only 13% believe it is possible to socially distance after a few drinks.
Regionally, Londoners (42%) and Geordies (41%) were the least likely to have avoided pubs completely since they reopened, while Oxford residents are the most likely, with 64% saying they have not gone since March.
While most who are avoiding the pub are doing so because of the risk of catching Covid-19, 7% reported feeling reluctant to return because they did not want to share their name and contact details for the Track and Trace programme.
Ellie Glason of Perspectus Global said: “Although Boris urged us all to go out for a pint when pubs re-opened at the start of July, our research reveals how cautious the nation has been when it comes to resuming social drinking.
“A lot of worry exists about the safety of drinking in pubs and bars, and we’re also rightly concerned for the pub industry and those who work in it. Let’s hope that as the virus declines, confidence in pub-going increases – and enjoying a pint out can again be part of our lives.”