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:
- deferring VAT and income tax payments;
- a 12-month business rates holiday for all hospitality and leisure businesses;
- coronavirus business grants and loan schemes;
- the coronavirus job retention scheme; and
- statutory sick pay (SSP) operation and cost reclaim.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 26 June: Self-catering accommodation reopens.
- 3 July: Other accommodation, pubs and restaurants and cafes.
- 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.
The Government has provided safety guidelines across all consumer sectors. Those relevant to the leisure and hospitality sector can be found below:
- The visitor economy - Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows.
- Hotels and other guest accommodation - Guidance for people who work in or run hotels and other guest accommodation.
- Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services - Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways.
- Heritage locations - Guidance for people who work or volunteer in heritage locations.
Other resources for leisure and hospitality businesses
- More pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors in plans announced by the government.
- Guidance for destroying spoilt beer, cider, wine or made-wine during coronavirus.
- Coffer Peach Business Tracker - The figures show the impact to the out of home food and drink market sector caused by the coronavirus pandemic.