Hospitality Highlights 24th March 2020
News curated by Virtual Solutions
McDonald’s have announced they are closing all restaurants across the UK and Ireland from 7pm on 23 March 2020. The company had previously closed their doors to ‘sit down diners’ but were still operating a drive-thru service across all sites that had one. As of this evening though, even this will be suspended indefinitely. The company has done so to protect their staff and customers from coronavirus. The move is expected to be temporary, but there is no date for operations to start back up. Read more about this story here.
The UK government has stated they will pay the 80% of the wages from staff who are unable to work due to coronavirus. This unprecedented move was announced on Friday the 20th March 2020 and is excellent news for those who work in the hospitality sector. As more and more hotels and restaurants close their doors, both jobs and businesses are at serious risk. Now at least, many of those affected will be able to continue to pay their bills. Read more here.
Hospitality Action have launched a new grant scheme to support those who work in the hospitality sector that may have been impacted by coronavirus. The group aim on providing a grant of £250 per household to eligible hospitality workers who are going through financial hardship. The grants are to be considered a “one-off”, but it’s hoped it will ease the financial burden for many families in the UK. Read more about this story here.
The Co-op group have created 5000 jobs for redundant hospitality workers in the UK. The group was already planning a recruitment drive across its many sites. They have now “simplified” their recruitment process in order to usher as many displaced workers as they can back into employment. The group is targeting hospitality workers due to their skills in customer service and to help hard-working people who’ve been affected by the coronavirus. Read more here.
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