Hospitality Highlights 22nd June 2020
News curated by Virtual Solutions
The UK Government has reduced the COVID-19 alert level from 4 to 3. This means that officially, the virus is now considered in ‘general circulation’ rather than actively spreading -and will ideally lead to a ‘gradual relaxation of restrictions’. The Government will be aiming to open up the hospitality industry next month but “no earlier than the 4th of July”. The industry is currently waiting for the Government to confirm a concrete date. Read more here.
Hotel chain Hilton cuts 22% of its workforce as a result of coronavirus. Longstanding CMO Kellyn Smith Kenny has also left the company after two years of service. The cuts in staff come from the harsh changes the hotel chain has needed to make to recover from COVID-19. It has been reported that the cuts will result in 2,100 employees become laid off. Furloughs have also been extended. Read more about this story here.
Restaurants in the United States are closing for a second time due to coronavirus. The news comes as a result of restaurant workers testing positive for COVID-19, causing their employers to shut down as a precaution. This is a huge blow to restaurants who were hoping to reopen and recover from lockdown. Many were also hoping to capitalise on the increase in dining capacity across lesser hit states and now fear a second spike in the virus. Read more here.
Pub company Oakman Inns say they will be opening their entire estate on the 4th July. They have confirmed this will be going ahead unless the UK Government tells them otherwise or proposes an alternate date. COO Dermot King said, “We cannot wait any longer and won’t change our plans unless the Prime Minister intervenes.” Read more here.
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