UKHospitality reacts to confirmation of indoor reopening

UKHospitality's Chief Executive has commented on the Prime Minister’s statement given at this afternoon's Downing Street briefing.

Kate Nicholls said, “This is a much welcome and vitally important next step, as we continue along the roadmap to remove restrictions.

'There is a huge sense of relief within the sector, in particular for the 6 in 10 venues that were not able to reopen over recent weeks due to a lack of outdoor space. This also gives businesses far more certainty with trading no longer beholden to the weather.

'However, with significant restrictions still in place, this is a psychological opening rather than an economic one, with the profitability of the sector still a huge issue.

'This is why sticking to the roadmap and the removal of all restrictions by 21st June is absolutely crucial, enabling venues to finally operate in viable conditions, after fourteen months of severely disrupted trading.'

Nicholls concluded, 'Hospitality, as it emerges from restrictions, is still in a fragile state and continued Government support will be critical to ensuring the sector is rejuvenated and plays a full role in the wider economic recovery.”