Boosting wages not a ‘fix’ to staff shortage – Pub operators have said they are boosting wages in a bid to protect themselves against the sector’s staff shortage.
Third of sector on furlough at end of spring – One third of the hospitality sector (33%) was on furlough at the end of May 2021 – the month lockdown restrictions on indoor hospitality were eased.
‘Extra precautions’ may remain beyond 19 July – The Prime Minister has warned of “extra precautions” that may have to remain beyond 19 July.
Pubs forced to close as staff required to isolate – Pubs across the country have been forced to close after staff have been asked to self-isolate.
Caring for customers, caring for your teams – This pandemic has hit the whole country so hard. Hospitality, as a sector, has perhaps been hardest hit, having been closed for a total of nine and a half months via three lockdowns since March 2020.
19 July ‘end of the line’ for restrictions – Lockdown rules will be lifted on Monday 19 July in an “irreversible” step, new health secretary Sajid Javid confirmed.
LIVE: Guidance for businesses on 12 July – Coronavirus latest: guidance will be issued for businesses one week prior to restrictions lifting on Monday 19 July.
10% furlough contributions start this week – Operators with staff on furlough will have to contribute 10% before it rises to 20% in August.
Urgent review of ‘massively disruptive’ Test & Trace isolation needed – The Government has been urged to amend the Tet & Trace system, which is forcing businesses to close and resulting in mass isolations, one trade body has said.
Welsh venues to receive up to £25k in Covid support – The Welsh Government has announced a fresh sum of funding for businesses that continue to be hit hard by pandemic restrictions.