Is FODO (Fear of Dining Out) the new FOMO?

The new FOMO – Did you know 29% of Mancunians are “nervous” about dining out ahead of lockdown easing in Manchester.

As Manchester restaurants, bars and pubs prepare to open, a new survey suggests that Mancunians have concerns about eating out. 29% of the 3,690 people surveyed by Lifesum, the world’s leading nutrition app, said they were “nervous or apprehensive” about dining out.

While getting customers to eat outdoors confidently remains a big obstacle for Manchester’s hospitality industry, there is a note of optimism, as 85% of Mancunians surveyed said they are “looking forward” to dining in a restaurant again. Indoor service is scheduled to resume from 17 May.


Manchester is pedestrianising streets in some areas, including the Northern Quarter, Ancoats and Deansgate. Outdoor drinking and dining will be allowed from 12th April – but customers must order, eat and drink while seated at a table.

“There’s much excitement around getting back to normal this summer, but now that restaurants, bars and pubs are re-opening, it is crucial to their survival strategy,” says Andrew Zimmermann, Behaviour Change Expert at Lifesum. “With social distancing measures and hygiene practices, venues can mitigate risk, but they can’t mitigate FODO (Fear of Dining Out) – nor can it ask customers to ignore their fears.”

Zimmerman has recommended ways to enjoy the new freedom while minimising the fear.

Keep good hygiene practices – hand washing/sanitising and mask-wearing can put yourself and others at ease. Keep hand sanitiser and wipes for the table when you sit down. Start small – find a few friends or family members you trust and a restaurant or pub you are familiar with.

Maintain social distancing – lookout for places that allow you to keep a safe physical distance outdoors.

From 12th April, the 10pm curfew will end, but customers must also follow either the rule of six or be in a group of any size as long as there are no more than two households present. When people are not seated, customers must wear a face mask, observe social distancing and follow one-way systems.

About Lifesum
Lifesum is the world’s leading nutrition app, helping over 50 million global users live healthier and happier lives. Whether the goal is to lose weight or simply have more energy throughout the day, the Lifesum app offers personalised nutrition at scale and features a variety of meal plans, healthy recipes, trackers and more based on users’ goals, dietary restrictions and lifestyle. Visit for more information.

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