Key considerations for the leisure and hospitality industry during the coronavirus pandemic

On 20 March, all theatres, pubs, clubs, restaurants and leisure centres in the UK were closed by the Government in an effort to prevent further spread of coronavirus. These unprecedented measures have challenged the leisure and hospitality sector like never before. And as lockdown begins to ease these businesses are still in need of support.

What support is available?

The Chancellor’s package of temporary measures to help support businesses during this period includes:

More information on these measures and what they continue to mean for your business can be found on our Coronavirus hub. Long term advice on reimagining your business in a post-pandemic world can be found on our Coronavirus: adapting to change hub

Key dates for operators as Government support ends

With an end in sight for lockdown, operating conditions will continue to be turbulent. Key dates businesses should bear in mind as Government support comes to and end include:

  • 30 September: Rent moratorium comes to an end
  • 30 September: Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme comes to an end
  • 31 October: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme comes to an end
  • 31 March: Business rates relief ends 

A road map out of lockdown 

There is now a clear road map out of lockdown for the UK, though this varies across England, Scotland, Wales and Norther Ireland. Keys dates for each region are below:

England

  • 1 June: Sporting and cultural events can take place behind closed doors.
  • 15 June: Non-essential retailers reopen.
  • 4 July: Pubs, bars, restaurants, café’s, cinemas hotels, self-contained accommodation, caravan parks, hair salons, outdoor gyms and tourism attractions reopen.

Scotland

  • 3 July: Travel distance restriction relaxed to allow leisure travel of more than 5 miles. Visits to self-catering (without shared facilities) and second homes are permitted.
  • 6 July: Outdoor hospitality reopens, subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice.
  • 15 July: All holiday accommodation, indoor hospitality, and tourist attractions reopen.

Northern Ireland

  • 26 June: Self-catering accommodation reopens.
  • 3 July: Other accommodation, pubs and restaurants and cafes.

Wales

  • 6 July: Outdoor attractions may be able to reopen.
  • 11 July: Self-contained accommodation reopens.
  • 13 July: Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants with outdoor space to reopen.

Guidelines available

The Government has provided safety guidelines across all consumer sectors. Those relevant to the leisure and hospitality sector can be found below:

Other resources for leisure and hospitality businesses 

For more information, please contact Paul Newman or Robyn Duffy

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