Last week Prime Minister announced further social distancing measures to protect against the spread of coronavirus, forcing the closure of pubs, restaurants and other venues.
Boris Johnson failed to specifically mention hotels however, leaving many accommodation businesses in limbo.
Following Friday’s announcement, which also included the Chancellor pledging to pay 80% of staff wages to safeguard jobs, UKHospitality released guidance specifically for hotels, to clarify how to correctly follow the latest government advice.
While many hotels has closed after this advice was announced, other hotels are committed to staying open.
The guidance said that the body ‘strongly urge all businesses in the hospitality sector to follow the letter and the spirit of the Government guidance and to priorities public health’.
UKHospitality advised against any future leisure bookings over the coming months, with bookings only accepted for key workers, essential business travel and vulnerable workers in liaison with civil authorities.
The body also said that large-scale gathering should be ‘strongly discouraged’ and mingling in communal areas should be dispersed.
Food must be delivered to rooms unless there are exceptional medical reasons.
If you decide to close, then you will be able to furlough (temporarily lay-off) some or all of your staff and they will receive 80% of their salary up to a maximum of £2,500 per month – though this will not come to fruition until late April.
The Government is maintaining a central booking system for hotels willing to accommodate NHS staff. If you wish to volunteer your premises to support the national effort to tackle the virus then please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on coronavirus and support for your business please visit: www.ukhospitality.org.uk/coronavirus