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The hospitality sector has be impacted significantly during the Covid crisis, and is struggling to recover as lockdown eases. This industry was in 2018 a major employer in the UK according to UK Hospitality. Several restaurants and cafés have announced job cuts and closures in the last few months. Hospitality sector faqs include: –
- Hospitality was the 3rd largest UK employer in 2018
- There are 3.2 million workers in the sector
- 99% of hospitality businesses are small or medium sized
- Annual turnover in 2018 was £130bn
- 67% of those asked expect it will be “months” before they go to a restaurant
Pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants across the UK are once again actively welcoming customers. In Northern Ireland pubs can only open their indoor area if they intend to serve food. It is compulsory to provide table service in Scotland, and in England it must be used where possible. This is as well as each table having its own staff member.
Pubs and restaurants in the UK must take steps to assure the safety of customers and staff. These include: –
- The choice to order food and drinks via an app
- Frequent hand washing by staff prior to handling plates and cutlery
- Music volumes kept low to avoid people having to shout, and increasing the risk of transmission
- No live gigs, and advanced booking of tables by pub customers
- Controlled toilet access
Some establishments have said they will insist staff wear face masks and protective eyewear. Sachets of ketchup and mayonnaise will replace bottles, and seating areas may be fitted with plastic screens. Outdoor seating areas will be utilised wherever possible, and many pubs etc have had glazed verandas, canopies or pergolas built. Check out the high quality, versatile range offered by our associate business TWS Verandas.