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UK Hospitality Sector Urges Further Support

Trade association UKHospitality has called on the Government to provide clearer lines of communication and additional business support, following recent news that parts of the hospitality sector will remain closed.

Commenting on the late July announcement, UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said:

“We understand that safety is the priority, but it is still devastating news for hospitality businesses.

They have spent a lot of time and money, which they can ill afford to lose at the minute, getting ready to reopen.“

She added, “We now need clear communication to ensure that consumer confidence is not damaged further. We are also going to need further support for those businesses that cannot reopen. Those businesses that remain closed are going to need help to protect jobs and keep their operations afloat.”

The industry wants a range of measures, including getting tax bills further deferred and some rent debt covered through grants. UK Hospitality says it is “confident” that the industry can return to full strength and still be able to operate safely and responsibly, but argues it will require help from the government to enable businesses to restart and begin to recover over the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.