One million hospitality employees set to return from furlough

A survey by UKHospitality has shown that almost one million employees will be brought back into work, with a further 720,000 to follow by the end of September. This comes as around 60 per cent of the UK’s hospitality sector is expected to reopen in early July as lockdown measures are eased from 4 July.

The Coronavirus crisis has had devastating effects on the hospitality industry, with venues being closed for months and millions of workers in the sector being furloughed. However, while a reopening of businesses is hugely encouraging, industry champions say government needs to do more, including applying Coronavirus rules consistently across the sector.

Hire Space, Mash Media and others in the events industry have set up a petition calling on government to give more consideration to the meeting and events industry, which provides hundreds of thousands of jobs. This includes updating guidance to allow for organised meetings and events to be held under equivalent safety guidelines as those published for pubs, restaurants and bars.

A discussion has taken place in the House of Commons and Ministers have agreed to provide more support and guidance to the events industry, including a restart date.

Our business support specialists in the Hospitality sector will continue to monitor the situation and provide information as it comes available. In the meantime, please contact Matthew Burge to find out more about how we can assist you and your business.