Hospitality industry

Executive ‘doesn’t get’ the impact of uncertainty says hotel boss

Two leading hotel bosses speak about easing restrictions without dates.
Colin Johnston of the Galgorm Resort and Trevor Kane from the Bayview Hotel react to the possibly to be allowed to take bookings without a reopening date. Mr Johnston tells Good Morning Ulster he doesn’t believe the Executive understands the impact of uncertainty.

Landlords ponder how to make emptier pubs pay

Some of Cumbria's pub owners are worried how they would meet the social distancing guidelines if they are able to reopen in July.

Pubs have been closed since 20 March but the government has suggested they could reopen on 4 July if the UK meets targets to suppress the Covid-19 virus.

Landlords such as Simon Wolstenholme, who runs the Bush Inn at Cockermouth, say having fewer people in the pub may make it not worth opening.

Bush Inn, Cockermouth

We have about 30 tables in the pub, there's about 15 tables in at the moment, but obviously that will only enable 30, 40 people at any one time rather than 100 we would have in."

Simon Wostenholme

"I don't know what to do" - desperate for cash and fighting for survival

Lockdown restrictions push popular Weymouth leisure business to the brink.
John Davenport is the owner of the Beachside at Bowleaze Coveway. Weymouth.

The leisure complex business that includes a restaurant, bar and gift shop has been trading in the family for more than half a century. But coronavirus restrictions forced John to temporarily close in March 2020, just after a costly refurbishment was completed, in order to protect his staff and customers.

A recent Covid-19 impact survey revealed eighty per cent of small and medium-sized Dorset businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector have taken a similar course of action action - sixty have closed permanently. 

The Beachside business rates have been waived but that's been the only financial support. The Government's Covid-19 Business Interruption Loan has not completed and the business is not eligible for a grant.

John told BBC Radio Solent reporter Laurence Herdman that the future looks bleak.