Hospitality Highlights 19th June 2020
News curated by Virtual Solutions
Outcome of the 2-metre rule debate crucial to the future of hospitality. Since the coronavirus pandemic started health experts have advised people to stay within 2-metres of one another as this is considered a safe distance to prevent transmission of the virus. Keeping this rule will be difficult for those in the hospitality industry to trade effectively, and there have been calls to reduce this to 1-metre. However, some fear reducing the distance could lead to more coronavirus cases in time. Read more here.
Popular beer company BrewDog are ‘exploring drone delivery’ across the UK. The news comes as a response to the growing demand for their product during lockdown. BrewDog have a history of being unorthodox and delivering beer by drone would be on-brand. The company also believes this service would be welcomed by customers who may not yet feel comfortable going out to bars and pubs once they open. Read more here.
Pressure mounts on the UK Government to confirm a hospitality reopening date. More business leaders in the hospitality industry are calling on the UK Government to confirm a date for them to reopen. The 4th of July was touted by PM Boris Johnson as the “earliest” date the industry could “start to reopen”, but so far this is yet to be clarified. The announcement has been allegedly delayed by a Government review into the 2-metre rule. Read more here.
A second lockdown would ‘sound the death knell’ for a third of hospitality companies according to a report from by MCA Insight/HIM. The data was derived from a recent poll in which 31% of business operators confirmed they would not be able to survive a second spike with another 44% unsure if they’d be able to weather the storm again. If these figures are true, then a second wave of infection would be catastrophic. Read more here.
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