UKHospitality reacts to Osmond & Lord legal challenge against Government

Following the instigation of legal action against the Government by Hugh Osmond and Sacha Lord, over the lack of evidence for delaying reopening of hospitality industry for five weeks after “non-essential” retail, UKHospitality CEO, Kate Nicholls, has commented.

Nicholls said, “The swift vaccine rollout and its impact on case numbers is extremely positive. It gives us hope that the Government will be able to deliver on its commitment to make this the last ever lockdown and, most importantly, to remove all social distancing restrictions for good on 21 June.

'While any restrictions remain in place, our pubs and restaurants can only break even and the viability of thousands remains at risk – we lost over 12,000 in the last year alone.

“That is why we urge the Government to review the roadmap and look to remove or reduce restrictions on trading – table service, online or takeaway only, no standing outdoors – at the earliest possible opportunity.'

Nicholls added, 'It may also be possible to allow some limited indoor operations to resume at an earlier date. While we understand the need for caution, we would urge the Government to review the roadmap again and make decisions based on data, not dates.”