Covid-19: Irish Cabinet To Approve Indoor Hospitality Plans

The Irish government is expected to sign off on plans to reopen indoor hospitality later. It is hoped legislation allowing vaccinated people to eat and drink inside bars and restaurants can be passed by the end of the week. People who have recently recovered from Covid-19 will also be allowed to access indoor hospitality. Cabinet […]

Fifth of hospitality workers do not plan to commute post-Covid

One fifth (19.1%) of the UK’s hospitality and leisure workers do plan to commute ever again after the pandemic, according to research carried out by transport specialist Kura. The nationally-representative survey of 2,000 UK workers found that this percentage varied depending on the region, from 10.8% in London to 29.1% in Wales. The primary concern […]

EU clears way for the EU Digital COVID Certificate

The Presidents of the three EU institutions, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission attended the official signing ceremony for the Regulation on the EU Digital COVID Certificate, marking the end of the legislative process. On this occasion Presidents David Sassoli and Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister António Costa […]

Scottish gov delays Covid-19 easing until 19 July

The Scottish government has confirmed that the lifting of all restrictions in the country will be delayed until 19 July 2021, when the country will aim to move to Level 0 on the assumption that all necessary vaccination and harm reduction measures are met. The news follows the recent spike in Covid-19 cases and the […]

Bad news, good news

UK hoteliers were promised more short-term pain, but longer term gain as the government announced a delay to its promised Covid-19 reopening date.   Alongside the disappointing news of a four-week delay to the final step on premier Boris Johnson’s “roadmap” to pandemic freedom, came the launch of a new tourism recovery plan for the UK. The […]

Rent extension will ‘banish grim shadow’ over sector, says UKH chief

Kate Nicholls, head of UKHospitality, has welcomed the government’s nine month extension of the rent moratorium – stating that the move will “banish a grim shadow” that has hung “menacingly” over hospitality since the pandemic began 15 months ago.  The decision, which was announced yesterday by Stephen Barclay MP, the chief secretary to the Treasury, […]

Constricted hospitality

Comment by Andrew Sangster  The decision by the UK Government to extend the date for the final stage of removing restrictions in England has rightly been met by a storm of indignation by the hospitality sector.  UKHospitality estimates the four-week delay to the removal of restrictions will cost the sector GBP3bn and put at risk 300,000 […]

Lockdown delay will cost hospitality sector £3bn, warns UKH

The four week delay to the final stage of easing lockdown restrictions in England will cost the hospitality sector “around £3bn in sales”, according to Kate Nicholls, UKHospitality chief executive.  According to Nicholls, the extension, which will see the remaining social distancing measures continue beyond 21 June, puts 300,000 hospitality jobs at risk and will […]

Sunak to reject furlough extension calls despite ‘freedom day’ delay

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is reportedly set to reject calls for an extension of the furlough scheme and business rates report to businesses despite the prime minister announcing a four-week delay to the lifting of restrictions.  According to the Guardian, sources close to the chancellor have said that he believes sufficient levels of economic support are […]

UKH Scotland calls for gov to ‘stick with’ reopening plan

UKHospitality (UKH) Scotland is calling on the Scottish government to “stick with” its current reopening plan. Following the UK government’s announcement of a four-week delay to the removal of all Covid-19 restrictions, the trade association is urging the Scottish government to not follow suit. Currently, the Scottish government’s timeframe in its Strategic Framework to reopen […]