MA's Review of the Week

‘Staying open is a challenge’

By Ed Bedington

- Last updated on GMT

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This week’s headlines highlight the ongoing staffing challenges faced by the sector alongside closures of venues due to self-isolation. The Morning Advertiser editor Ed Bedington also caught up with Alastair Scott, managing director of Catton Hospitality to chat through the biggest news of the past few days.

Further reading:

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.

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