Hospitality businesses were not “significant areas” of Covid transmission in 2020 and should be central to reopening plans in 2021, according to new research by CGA, commissioned by UK Hospitality (UKH).
Moreover, the report said the industry would not be responsible for “significant transmission” in spring 2021 and beyond. It also highlighted that reports linking the Eat Out to Help Out (EOHO) scheme to a rapid rise in Covid cases were linked to a “single, discredited study”.
As such, UKH reiterated its calls to government to make hospitality central to reopening plans, highlighting how the industry is “uniquely well placed” to maintain and enforce Covid-19 mitigation measures and should not be held back from reopening.
Hospitality, it added, should be seen as equally high priority as non-essential retail and next in line after priority sectors such as schools….