Server with surgical mask. Photo by David Emrich on Unsplash

UKHospitality launches industry roadmap for safe reopening

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…

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Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Photo by Emran Yousof on Unsplash

£20m hardship fund for tourism and hospitality

Scotland has announced a £100m package of additional grant support for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), including a £20m fund for small and micro enterprises in the creative, tourism and hospitality sectors. This also includes a £34m hardship fund for the newly self-employed and £45m is available for viable SMEs crucial to the Scottish economy. Applications are open and the three funds will be administered by local authorities and Scotland’s enterprise agencies from early May. Economy secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Our economy has been hit hard by this crisis and…

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The Alchemist bar and restaurant (Bevis Marks, London)

Post-pandemic measures to send restaurants into “tailspin”

The warnings come after a survey issued by 260 restaurants and bar operators was published by restaurant guide Square Meal. Three quarters of restaurants in the UK have warned that their businesses may not survive with social distancing measures in place. Operators including café chain Paul as well as JKS have suggested that new measures designed to enforce social distancing could pose an “existential threat” to their businesses, according to the Financial Times. Other operators said they would have to make staff redundant unless the government’s furlough scheme was extended.…

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