Coronavirus Update – 27 November 2020
The UK lockdown will soon be ending, and the Government has issued advice and guidance on the tier system that will be taking its place, there is still some uncertainty and clarification being requested, but businesses across are preparing themselves for a last push for sales before the end of the year.
So, let’s see what’s the latest news affecting the Hospitality industry this week, that you need to know about.
Government Issues Local Advice for Tier Restrictions
Local Restriction Tiers: What You Need to Know – The National restrictions brought about by the COVID pandemic will end on December 2nd and be replaced with a differentiated regional approach. The three tiers represent Medium Alert (Tier 1), High Alert (Tier 2) and Very High Alert (Tier 3). All businesses and venues that are open are expected to continue following COVID-19 secure guidelines and in all tiers essential and non-essential retail can stay open. In Tier 1 and 2, hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on premises are required to:
- Provide table service only (for premises that serve alcohol)
- Close between 11pm and 5am (venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
- Stop taking orders after 10pm
- Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as it’s through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.
At Tier 2, pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants; hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.
At Tier 3 locations, bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are to remain closed – although they are permitted to continue sales by take-away, click-and-collect, drive-through and delivery services. Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites and guest houses must close – there are several exemptions, such as those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training.
The Future of the UK Pub Industry
UK Pub Market Faces 61% Decline in 2020 – According to reports from Lumina Intelligence, the impact of the Coronavirus will wipe £14bn from the pub sector in 2020, although the market is tentatively set to recover in 2021. New market research found that only 11% of people say they did not feel comfortable going back into a pub and has provided an opportunity to entice the majority of customers back with enhanced safety measures. Despite the challenges of 2020, the report predicts that the UK pub market will grow by 104% in 2021 and be driven by innovation and creativity from operators, and a return of consumer confidence.
Protesting in London on Behalf of Hospitality Businesses
Second Hospitality Protest to Take Place Next Month – HospoDemo are planning on returning to London’s Westminster for a second protest in Parliament Square on Monday 7 December at 11am. The attendees are being encouraged to ‘bring the tools of their trade and make as much noise as possible’ in a bid to bring attention to the plights of the industry to those who are making the decisions.
The group stated that “The latest evidence shows just 2% of Covid transmissions can be traced back to hospitality settings, yet the UK government think it’s safer to go to a gym, stand in a busy supermarket queue, go Christmas shopping or watch a game of football with 4000 fans.”
They believe the industry is being made a scapegoat and the loss of vital Christmas trade could be the final straw for many restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels who are hoping to survive into 2021.
Understanding the Culture of Hospitality to Improve it
BAME in Hospitality Calls for Contributions to Survey on Race, Ethnicity and Culture in the Sector – Individuals working in the hospitality industry are being asked to share their experiences of race, ethnicity and culture within the industry by the not-for-profit organisation BAME in Hospitality and development group CPL learning, who are hoping to gain a deeper insight into how people feel about working in the sector, and whether these differences have had an impact on their experiences. Founder of BAME in Hospitality, Lorraine Copes said, “I am a firm believer that the only way to improve and implement change is to measure, track and make incremental changes – the Inside Hospitality Survey is a first step to doing this.”
We’ll be keeping a close eye on the notifications and legislation coming out of Downing Street and keep bringing you the important information and stories in the news each week, so make sure you check back for our next update. We’ll see you next week!