The research suggests that activities and environments that have already reopened or stayed open reported high levels of comfortability. Visiting supermarkets (80%), shopping centres (62%) and parks (82%) recorded high levels of comfortability among respondents.
With cooking fatigue setting in, half of all adults are confident in visiting a restaurant. While 57% of females aged 25-34 feel comfortable visiting a hairdresser, beauty salon or spa.
Environments that were due to reopen in later stages show slightly lower levels of comfortability. Over a third of respondents would be confident visiting a pub, the 45-55 age group are the most relaxed about going to a pub (index 125).
Similar levels of confidence were recorded for cinema/theatres and concerts. The 25-34 age group are most comfortable going to a cinema, indexing at 122 vs all adults.
A quarter of respondents would be comfortable returning to the gym, increasing to 47% for males aged 25-34.
Consumers may be slightly cautious about the initial return of some activities in the next phase. With the public closely watching to see how each individual activities and business reopens, we can expect comfortability levels to increase as the reopening is more established.
Leisure and Hospitality Sector Set to Open their Doors
Bringing a bigger sense of normality to our lives, the series of relaxation measures sees the hospitality and leisure sector reopening on the 29th of June with restaurants, cafés and hotels due to resume trading.
As we come out of the other side of lockdown, there are several things that people are eager to see reopen — The pubs, the hairdressers, and the gyms. Anecdotal stories of relentless demand and long waiting lists was conspicuous in the media this week.
Ireland’s themes parks and zoos are now all operational with Tayto Park announcing its reopening date. The Ashbourne park, which is a hit with families, will reopen its doors on Monday. Fota Island and Dublin Zoo reopened at earlier dates.