The hospitality industry has reacted with anger after the government’s latest advice that people should avoid pubs, restaurants, hotels, theatres and other hospitality and leisure businesses.
Many across the trade have criticised the government for effectively shutting down the industry without issuing any support for businesses across the UK.
Kate Nicholls, CEO, UKHospitality said:
“This is catastrophic for businesses and jobs. The government has effectively shut the hospitality industry without any support, and this announcement will lead to thousands of businesses closing their doors for good, and hundreds of thousands of job losses.
“Over the past few weeks the industry has suffered unprecedented drops in visits and many businesses are already on their knees. This latest advice leaves the industry in limbo, with no recourse to insurance.
“The government must act now to stop them going under and protect the people’s jobs. These venues play a unique role as community hubs and it’s in all our interests to protect and preserve them so they are still there once we emerge from this crisis.
“We need immediate and far-reaching support from the government, and meaningful business continuity measures.”
Boris Johnson is expected to announce more financial plans to help the economy during the coronavirus outbreak later today (17 March), with the hospitality industry awaiting an update on what support is coming its way.