ALTON — Native shoppers say they’re snug in getting out and about once more amid coronavirus issues, however they need companies to take precautions.
The Might 13-20 survey was performed by Alton Foremost Road in partnership with the Riverbend Development Affiliation, the Nice Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau and town of Alton performed to gauge the attitudes of space residents and anticipate client conduct because the area enters the restoration and reopening course of amid the coronavirus pandemic. About 2,300 folks responded to the survey.
“We were happy to band together with our fellow organizations, who are engines for economic and community development, to inform our small business community on how their customers are feeling in these tumultuous times,” mentioned Alton Foremost Road Govt Director Sara McGibany.
“The intent of this survey was to provide additional direction to help small business owners determine best paths forward on re-opening their businesses in a way that is responsible and safe,” she mentioned.
Though respondents had been considerably evenly divided within the velocity at which they might return to their regular buying habits, the bulk additionally had been more likely to patronize companies that practiced social distancing requirements, imposed occupancy limits and offered hand sanitizer.
Nearly all of respondents additionally had been extra prone to enter companies the place workers wore face masks.
“The results show that, while people are somewhat divided on the rate of speed at which they are comfortable getting out and about, business owners can take actions that will make the majority feel more comfortable when they decide to do so, such as having their staff wearing masks and providing hand sanitizer to shoppers and diners,” mentioned McGibany.
When requested how lengthy they might wait earlier than eating out or buying as soon as the stay-at-home order was lifted, 39% mentioned they might begin proper awaty, whereas 35% mentioned they might wait a month or so. A 3rd — 33.8% — mentioned they might really feel snug buying at small companies.
Respondents additionally mentioned they possible will wait a month or longer earlier than attending occasions of 50 folks or extra.
When requested if they might really feel snug eating out in native eating places, 28% mentioned no and 26.9% mentioned sure. Curbside/carry-out was most well-liked by 68% of respondents, adopted by dine-in service, reservation solely service and personal occasions. About half — 46.2% — mentioned they might be extra prone to store or dine at a enterprise the place workers had been sporting face masks.
Respondents mentioned they would like plexiglass obstacles between workers and patrons at checkout, strict limitations on what number of clients had been within the enterprise, all clients wore masks, hand sanitizer was accessible on the entrance, touch-free fee techniques had been accessible, 6-foot demarcations had been on the bottom and out of doors, supply and carryout/curbside supply providers had been provided.
A full copy of the uncooked knowledge will be obtained by contacting one of many survey sponsors.