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LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS: Easing can’t come soon enough for the hospitality sector

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The Prime Minister has urged people not to “throw caution to the winds” as England’s restrictions ease on Monday and acknowledged there would be more hospital admissions and deaths from Covid-19 to come during “difficult days and weeks ahead”.The so called 'Freedom Day' on Monday 19 July will remove social distancing and will allow hospitality venues to operate a full capacity, for many businesses in the sector it’s a date that can't come soon enough as they have fought for survival through the pandemic.
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Zen Metro is an award winning Thai restaurant on Cornwall Street in Birmingham. After a surge in custom post lockdown they have seen a reduction in custom. The majority of office staff are still working from home and their lunchtime trade has disappeared. They have been forced to adapt, closing at lunchtimes and opening now on Sundays. Director Jaimon George says the business has also introduced special offers in a bid to attract customers.
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Support has been offered by the government to the hospitality sector through the pandemic and has included measures such as grants, loans, employment support and a kickstart scheme – however for some businesses who perhaps were already struggling this was not enough and they have closed their doors for good.

The nightclub sector has been hit particularly hard, concerns that social distancing would be impossible to maintain within those venues has meant that they have been closed longer than any part of the hospitality sector.

Dani Hadley, co-owner of The Velvet Music Rooms and Sugar Suite nightclub on Birmingham's Broad Street has also had to adapt. They feel that despite the promises of government support was slow in coming. She feels that being an independent has helped the business as changes have been able to be made quickly without the red-tape of the necessity of gaining approval fro head office.

Both of Dani's businesses fall pithing Westside BID, its manager Mike Olley believes that the pandemic has been catastrophic for many businesses within the hospitality sector. Should another Covid wave hit he feels that this time venues must stay over to protect livelihoods.

 

 

 

 


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