Report shows vital link between hospitality and wellbeing

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A new global report reveals that adults’ social and mental wellbeing was severely affected by the closure of hospitality during the pandemic.

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The report, based on international YouGov polling and focus groups by WorldThinks, finds:

  • Two thirds of adults (66%) polled agree that the closure of pubs, bars, and restaurants negatively affected social and mental wellbeing
  • 57% of adults have a better appreciation for the contribution the hospitality sector brings to their own social and mental wellbeing
  • Almost three-quarters of adults (71%) believe safety measures introduced after venues re-opened have changed the hospitality environment for the better

When asked what factors have most affectted on their happiness since restrictions lifted, almost half (45%) said the opportunity to socialise with friends and family outside the home.

The report also includes insights from focus group undertaken by WorldThinks, who interviewed 74 patrons, including those in five major cities — London, New York, Mexico City, Cape Town, and Barcelona. This was to understand the impact of covid restrictions in all areas.

Participants all felt negatively affected by the closure of venues. At an individual level, it exacerbated feelings of boredom and isolation, and at a societal level it resulted in widespread job losses, which was particularly devastating in markets with less government support.

Vibrant communities

Henry Ashworth, president and chief executive of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, said: “The survey work highlights just how essential cafés, bars, and restaurants are to communities and our social and mental wellbeing as individuals.

“As well as being major employers, they make our communities vibrant and enjoyable places to live and work, creating important spaces for us to socialise and relax. It’s now clear that having experienced life without hospitality venues, we all have a renewed appreciation of just how vital a role they play.

“The introduction of additional safety measures, such as improved cleanliness, has set the stage for us to rebuild a safe and thriving café, bar, and restaurant culture, which has been so sorely missed by so many.

“It is incumbent on us all to enjoy these spaces responsibly as they re-open, to benefit our social and mental wellbeing and that of whole communities alongside protecting our physical health.”