UKHospitality has called on government to support a safe and sustainable reopening for restaurants, pubs and hotels this summer through its #Fair4Hospitality campaign.
Launched today, the campaign covers four key areas:
- Wellbeing: Endorse the sector’s best-practice protocols and risk assessments for a Covid-secure restart;
- Workers: Ensure the furlough scheme is retained at full rate for hospitality until businesses successfully restart;
- Communities: Regulate to provide a ‘National Time Out’ on rent payments for the remainder of the year and a solution to address debt and costs for business;
- Consumers: Cut the rate of VAT for hospitality businesses to help boost confidence and incentivise visits to tourist destinations.
- UKHospitality has submitted its health and safety protocols to ministers for endorsement, alongside the message that the industry is ready to open but needs fair treatment and can’t have a one size fits all approach.
The Telegraph reports the 75-page document proposes the end of salt and pepper shakers, hotel buffets and sitting at the bar.
The document outlines tailored guidelines for pubs, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, nightclubs and holiday parks.
It suggests restaurants and pubs should offer reduced menus and keep kitchen staff away from one another, hotel buffets should be avoided, hotel pool or gym users should change in their rooms and pubs should offer table service where possible…