Most businesses can’t wait for the country to reopen so the sales can start pouring in. But, that might not happen, depending on the type of business you run. According to a weekly survey of consumer attitudes about the pandemic, many Americans are just not willing to go to certain places when they reopen. That being said, here are ten businesses Americans say they will avoid even after the country is up and running again.
10. Movie Theaters
Many movie theaters in the United States have stayed open during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, with many people choosing to stay home, ticket sales have fallen 30 percent or more. It’s a trend that theaters hope won’t last. Unfortunately for them, many consumers are still not comfortable going to the movies. More than half (55 percent) of consumers surveyed said that they plan to stay away from movie theaters when the ones that closed during the pandemic begin reopening.
Fortunately, for avid moviegoers, drive-in theaters are making a comeback. “Drive-in movies are offering a ‘socially distanced’ alternative to traditional movie theaters,” Business Insider said in an article published on its website. This may very well be a viable solution “for those needing some semblance of human interaction outside of the home,” Business INSIDER wrote.
According to the survey, 53 percent of respondents said they were not in a hurry to start going to concerts again once the country reopens. Thankfully, there are many artists who have been giving concerts online and on television for their fans. For example, Keith Urban has live-streamed acoustic sets on social media. And, Spanish-language TV network Telemundo hosted a virtual concert featuring more than 30 Latin music artists who performed from their own homes or studios.
FYI, if you’re interested in attending a virtual concert, you might be able to catch one on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. Just check your favorite artist’s page for updates.
Fitness enthusiasts have found alternative ways to get in a good workout while gyms have been temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. And, it looks like they’ll continue those alternative methods, be it taking walks around their community, hiking, jogging a path, following YouTube workout videos, or trying free home workout apps. That’s because 49 percent of survey respondents said that they would avoid gyms and sports centers when they reopen. Can you blame them? After all, public gyms can sometimes be a breeding ground for some nasty germs.
7. Sporting Events
Numerous sporting events have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. For example, the NBA suspended its season with teams having played only 63 to 67 of 82 games. What’s more, is there is no date set for a resumption. Not that it would matter anyway — at least not to some fans, as 53 percent of them plan to stay away from sporting events once they resume. As for the athletes, team owners, stadiums, and arenas, it’s going to be tough on them. Hopefully, they’ll come up with a solution that’s beneficial to everyone.
6. Hairdressers and Beauty Salons
Long, shaggy hair and fading color are just simply not enough to get some people to run back to the beauty salon. According to the survey, 30 percent of respondents said that while the issues above are indeed irksome, they’d rather find some other way to deal with them than returning to a salon atmosphere. And, rightfully so. After all, a New York barber who defied orders and still gave haircuts anyway during the shutdown has been diagnosed with coronavirus. Unfortunately, there’s no telling who he contracted it from and how many of his clients, and their family members, he may have infected.
You wouldn’t think that people would avoid a place as important as a supermarket, but believe it or not, there are some folks out there — 17 percent of respondents, to be exact — who plan to avoid supermarkets altogether once those stay-at-home orders are eased. And, with options like Amazon Fresh, Instacart, FreshDirect, Shipt and Walmart.com, you don’t even have to leave your home for groceries and other household goods. You can just have them delivered right to your front doorstep.
4. Museums and Galleries
Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they would stay away from museums and galleries once they reopen. Thankfully, museums can leverage digital content and channels to engage remotely with visitors. One thing they can do is offer virtual tours. In fact, “museums like the Musée d’Orsay, National Gallery of Art, Johannesburg Art Gallery, British Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History have emphasized the availability of virtual tours that allow visitors to easily explore their collections from afar,” the American Alliance of Museums wrote on its website. Another option is to invest in virtual reality (VR) and artificial reality (AR) programming and exhibitions, for example, interactive 3D objects. This content can be brought into visitors’ homes via desktop, VR, and AR.
3. Large Retail Stores and Malls
For many brick-and-mortar retailers, the coronavirus dealt a devastating blow. The industry had already been struggling to stay afloat due to an increase in online shopping anyway. And, now with more people (45 percent of respondents) saying they’ll stay away from large retail stores and malls even after they reopen, who knows what the future holds for them. Many stores have already filed for bankruptcy and have decided to close some or all of their locations — and that was in the years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, it’s more than likely that many others will follow suit after the pandemic passes.
2. Restaurants and Cafes
According to an article published by Cheapism.com, “the restaurant industry has been among the hardest hit during the coronavirus pandemic.” And, with 46 percent of survey respondents planning to avoid them once they fully reopen, things are bound to get worse. On the plus side, many of them stayed open, offering takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery only. And, now that some of them have started to reopen slowly, they’ve added an additional offering: outdoor dining. They’ve also made sure to put safety measures into place to avoid any further infections.
1. Pubs, Bars, and Clubs
Several states have reopened restaurants and retail shops. Unfortunately, they haven’t been allowed to reopen pubs, bars, and nightclubs. But, it seems that many Americans are not even in a hurry to get back there anyway. According to the consumer attitudes survey, 55 percent of respondents said they plan to stay away from pubs, bars, and nightclubs even when they do eventually reopen. Some breweries have been allowed to reopen, however, with some restrictions, of course. Plus, they must continue to adhere to social distancing rules — at least for now anyway.
What about you? Do you plan on staying away from certain types of businesses even after they reopen? Let us know in the comments below.