Rumors of restaurants reopening after coronavirus lockdown

Rumors of restaurants reopening after coronavirus lockdown
Rumors of restaurants reopening after coronavirus lockdown

As Michelin prepares to hand out its shining stars for 2021, London restaurants are starting another week with their dining rooms closed, depending on take-out, delivery or a shift to the grocery store.

They also begin the week after learning via the Telegraph over the weekend that the government could introduce a “halfway house” lockdown that could see pubs and restaurants open with social distancing measures in place “as early as Easter.” This timeframe would coincide with current vaccination targets, which provide that everyone over 50 receives a first dose before Easter. The logic of the “halfway house” – which could be more accurately described as the same restrictions as the restaurants negotiated last summer – would be that it buys time to deliver second doses, then authorizes the “full” reopening twelve. weeks later with no restrictions on trading at all.

Based on the report, which quotes a source “familiar with the discussions” internally, the plans under consideration “could see a complete reopening of the economy under” normal “rules by the first week of July.” . Between April and July, restaurants and pubs could expect capacity limitations imposed by social distancing; a return to the curfews that the government put in place in 2020 and canceled a few months later seems unlikely. There would also almost certainly be strict limits on the mix of households in receiving facilities initially.

However, the government itself distanced itself from the proposals on Sunday evening. A spokesperson for 10 Downing Street said: ‘This is not a timetable under discussion’.

This is – the nature of information notwithstanding – something that people in the hospitality industry need to hang on to if not exactly work. There are still a lot of things that could change by April.

But those who lobby on behalf of restaurants and pubs understandably but “have cautiously welcomed the prospect of reopening under the restrictions of the ‘halfway house’ from April.” UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said the reality of tight business conditions after the reopening meant support measures needed to be introduced to mitigate losses. “We understand that restrictions may need to be in place for some time after the reopening,” she said last night. “In this case, given that it would have a significant impact on the viability of businesses and jobs in the sector, we would like to work with the government to support us during this period of reopening and recovery as we move out of restrictions.

Nicholls stressed the need to extend two key measures for the rest of 2021 and into the next year, in order to give companies the best chance of survival. “The key to [supporting businesses through reopening] would extend holiday business rates and reduce VAT. The restaurant world is increasingly concerned that, with the promise of vaccines and recovery on the horizon, Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s March budget is too late to save restaurants that will have to make final decisions before then. , even if the measures introduced by this budget would have kept them afloat.

What Nicholls didn’t say is that for the vast majority of businesses, the most important part of reopening is that it only happens once it’s guaranteed that they won’t. not to close again. After 12 months of uncertainty, roller coasters of opening, closing, extensions to support regimes and a litany of surprises, restaurants are tired of seeing their plans undermined by hasty decision-making, naivety, pride and baseless optimism.

As difficult as it may be to wait any longer, it will be far better for restaurants in the long run to not only wait until they can reopen, but to wait until the time is right for them to do so. ‘open and stay open.

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