Hospitality and tourism back open for business
This weekend will see the re-opening of a number of hospitality and tourism businesses in England, but this comes with a long list of conditions which need to be met.
The two metre social distancing rule being relaxed to ‘one metre plus’ was met with a huge sigh of relief by the industry as in many cases it is the difference between having a revised viable business model and millions of furloughed staff not having a job to go back to.
The sector was hit hard early on in the pandemic and has had to wait longer than most to get to a place where it can re-start. The government’s various forms of support measures have provided a vital lifeline for the industry, but there is still a fear that some businesses will fail before they have had the chance to bounce back due to the pressure of social distancing measures and the crisis impact on consumer spending. Continued support from the Government into next year will be essential to save many jobs in a sector; the third-largest employer in the country.
Unfortunately those with close proximity venues such as nightclubs, soft play, indoor gyms, swimming pools and spas will have to wait longer and remain closed for now. Taskforces are being established to help them become COVID secure.
The impact of the crisis on consumer confidence is an extremely important consideration for all businesses. In order to help hospitality businesses restore confidence some new certification marks have launched. Visit Britain is launching a ...
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