Hospitality businesses given green light to reopen

Nottingham Hospitality Industry gets the green light to re-open on Saturday 4th July following the government’s announcement at parliament. The PM also outlined the relaxation of social distancing guidelines from two-metres to one-metre-plus which comes as a huge relief to many hospitality businesses who otherwise would not have been able to viably re-open their doors.

The announcement has been welcomed by hotels, restaurants and pubs alike, as well as Nottingham locals who can start their summer on Saturday 4th July with a relaxing staycation, refreshing drink and tasty bite to eat at their favourite Nottingham establishments.

Richard Johal, Chair of Nottingham Hospitality Association and Director of St James Hotel said; “The recent government announcement is great news for our industry. The news gives our members of Nottingham Hospitality Association the confidence to re-open and it is now for us to study the fine print, to ensure the health and safety of both our guest and colleagues ensuring they can return with confidence.”

Robert Dixon, interim Chief Executive of Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, said: “Today’s announcement has provided a much-needed boost for our tourism and hospitality industry. I know that our local tourism, hospitality and leisure businesses will be taking extraordinary steps to ensure the safety of all staff and customers, and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming people back to enjoy the very best that Nottingham and Nottinghamshire has to offer.”

Coronavirus has had devastating impact globally, not least for the hospitality industry which is an important part of Nottingham’s tourist industry worth £656.91m according to the 2018 STEAM report*. Fast forward to the start of the summer season 2020 and it is a very different picture. Whilst some hotels and restaurants remained open to support our key workers, many were forced to close their doors in March.

As businesses turn their attention to re-opening their doors, the safety and wellbeing of guests is at the forefront of the industry with the use of self-check in, one way systems, hand sanitising stations and all the necessary PPE to instil the confidence back into guests.

Posted on 24 June 2020

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Sophie Milne

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A member of the Marketing and Communications team at Marketing NG, Sophie manages press and PR. This includes writing and distributing press releases, arranging FAM trips, liaising with the media to gain press coverage for Nottingham/shire and Marketing NG, monitoring the news and ensuring colleagues are kept up to date with news stories and doing media interviews.