Last call for the pint changing orders for post lockdown pubs new research reveals

Press Release
June 2020

With pubs and restaurants set to reopen from 4th July, new research has found that the classic order of ‘a pint’ could be a thing of the past. The study has revealed that over 60% of UK adults will be more cautious about drinking from reusable glasses when they return to their local.

Instead, once the doors open pub-goers may be more likely to opt for pre-filled glass bottles which aren’t used by several people a day, with over 4 in 10 more likely to choose glass bottled beverages than they were before the lockdown.

The online survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of glass bottle manufacturer Encirc, also found that almost 80% of UK adults who have a local pub are willing to practice social distancing if it means that they can go to the pub. What’s more, 67% said they would be in support of local establishments enforcing the measures.

15% of people in the survey said that they were now more comfortable drinking at home than they were before the pandemic.

Fiacre O’Donnell, Director of Sustainability at Encirc’s parent company, Vidrala Group, commented: “It’s a challenging time for people as pubs and restaurants open back up. We have not beaten the virus, we are living alongside it, which means adhering to social distancing when visiting public places is going to be vital for some time to come.

“This research suggests that people are more likely to choose bottled beverages over washable glasses, which highlights people’s caution and changing behaviours. Hopefully our pubs and restaurants will be able to adapt and safely provide a service which alleviates public concern.”

‘It’s a challenging time for people as pubs and restaurants open back up. We have not beaten the virus, we are living alongside it, which means adhering to social distancing when visiting public places is going to be vital for some time to come.
This research suggests that people are more likely to choose bottled beverages over washable glasses, which highlights people’s caution and changing behaviours. Hopefully our pubs and restaurants will be able to adapt and safely provide a service which alleviates public concern.’

Fiacre O’Donnell,
Director of Sustainability Vidrala Group

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