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The Danes want outdoor serving

May 12th, 2020

After a longer period with closed restaurants and cafés, they are now able to open for customers – both indoor and outdoor. The Danes are ready to visit restaurants and cafés again, but they prefer to enjoy their visit outside. This is the result from last weeks survey conducted by Userneeds in collaboration with the analysis and consulting firm, Moos-Bjerre.

Last week, the plan for the second phase of the reopening was presented. Among other things, the plan included that restaurants and cafés can open who have been among the hardest impacted businesses since the shutdown to handle the infection with COVID-19. A survey conducted by Userneeds in collaboration with the analysis and consulting firm, Moos-Bjerre, shows that the Danes are not ready to visit restaurants with indoor serving.

The survey, which is conducted among 1,000 Danes in the week up until May 7, shows that 60 percent either definitely or most likely will visit a restaurant with outdoor serving, when they open. Among these, 11 percent will definitely visit a restaurant or café with outdoor serving.

Although a majority of Danes most likely or definitely will take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a cup of coffee or else at a café or restaurant in the sun, it looks different if you ask the Danes, if they want to go inside the restaurants. 41 percent of Danes will most likely or definitely visit a restaurant or café in connection with indoor dining, and 20 percent states that they certainly will not make such a visit.

As mentioned earlier, the restaurants are among the hardest impacted businesses, and extensive compensation schemes have been made for, among other things, this industry. However, Danmarks Statistik shows that last week, 11 percent of Danish restaurants believe there is a ‘very high risk’ of closing within the next three months. This percentage equals more than 1,400 restaurants across the country. At the same time, 3,200 restaurants believe there is ‘some risk’ of closing within the next three months.

It will be exciting to see what happens when the Danish restaurants open for customers again. You can read more in this Danish article from the newspaper, Børsen.