Pubs, museums and hotels can open in ‘Covid-safe’ way, announces PM.
The announcement that pubs, restaurants, hotels and attractions can officially open on the July 4 will come as a huge relief to businesses across the tourism and hospitality industry, UKinbound has said.
Announcing the reduction of social distancing from two metres to one, today, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that pubs and restaurants in England can reopen both outdoors and indoors.
Hotels, bed and breakfasts, holiday homes and campsites and caravan parks and boarding houses will be able to reopen.
Theatres, museums and galleries will also reopen, but not for live performances. Funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks, amusement arcades, aquariums, wildlife centres, zoos and safari parks will also open.
Joss Croft, CEO, UKinbound, said that businesses in the sector who have earned very little revenue since the beginning of March will welcome the move.
“Reducing social distancing from two metres to one will also ensure that many more businesses will be able to viably reopen at the start of next month,” he said.
“We’re pleased that the Government has also listened to industry and is on the verge of agreeing ‘air corridors’ with a number of countries – a step that signals that the UK’s tourism inbound industry is keen to welcome international tourists again. Although these measures are very much to be welcomed, Government needs to recognise that whilst some businesses will hopefully be able to re-coup a small proportion of their losses over the much shorter summer season, many businesses, especially those that rely wholly or mostly on inbound tourism, will have gone through the equivalent of ‘three.”
An ABTA spokesperson said:“The measures announced today to ease lockdown further in England and allow people to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation, and take domestic holidays from July 4, is a step in the right direction on the road to restarting travel in earnest. With travel restrictions in place for the last few months, there is latent demand to travel with people wanting to visit close family and friends and have something to look forward to.
“However, the travel sector remains in a perilous state, with redundancies announced each week, and more needs to be done to help the whole sector recover. We need a more comprehensive roadmap as soon as possible that includes timeframes for relaxing international travel restrictions too so businesses and customers can plan ahead. The process of sending people on holiday is not like turning on a tap; as much advance notice as possible from the government is required for travel companies to restart operations.”