With the re-opening of hotels and venues imminent after the COVID-19 shutdown, many companies are anxious to get on with business in a safe way. We take a look at what customers can expect when hosting events in this new reality.
The hospitality industry is gearing itself up to exit the coronavirus lockdown – currently planned for 4 July 2020 – as part of the government’s wider COVID-19 recovery roadmap. This is very welcome news, both for the hospitality industry, and for individuals and businesses who use hotels and venues regularly. But just how are hotels and venues planning to re-open their doors while maintaining a strong focus on safety and guest comfort? The period of closure has been an opportunity for hotels and venues to identify initiatives that ensure the safety of customers and employees. Here’s what to expect:
Health in public areas
A range of creative solutions
Post-coronavirus meetings + events
A time to support the hospitality industry
These reassuring new measures being implemented by hotels, venues and the wider hospitality sector also act as an important reminder of what the industry is currently going through. The hospitality industry was the first to be hit by the COVID-19 crisis, it was one of the hardest hit, and it will take much longer than other sectors to recover.
Despite the government schemes in place, hotels and restaurants are genuinely struggling at the moment, and redundancies commonplace. Many restaurants and hotels may not be able to open in July as they are concerned the volume of guests will be too low to make a living. The social distancing rule simply makes it unrealistic for some venues to cater for the number of guests they need to be financially viable. Some are already planning to open in September instead of July, in the hope the rules continue to relax further.
Whenever venues do open, we believe that we all need to show our support to the sector and trust venues to look after guests within the relevant guidelines. We’re proud of the hospitality industry for embracing a new way of operating to keep everyone safe during these exceptional times. The measures already being implemented are heartening for companies – as well as individuals – and demonstrate that some semblance of normal life can now continue. Focusing on health first and foremost – as well as minimising personal and financial risk when visiting hotels and venues again – the hospitality industry seems ready and motivated to take on the new challenge. But it’s a two-way street – and venues really do need our confidence, loyalty and optimism during this unprecedented moment in time.