York hotelier reacts to delay in lifting all restrictions

Following last night's Downing Street press briefing, where the PM said lifting of restrictions will be delayed until 19 July, Rebecca Hill, the owner of Galtres Lodge Hotel and Forest restaurant in the centre of York, has commented.

Hill (pictured) said, 'For us, last night’s update was difficult but not devastating – although we appreciate that won't be the case for everyone. The lifting of restrictions would make things easier, of course, and bring the sense of normality that many are craving.

'Working in hospitality, we’ve been missing the non-verbal contact, such as smiling, that are key to forming connections with our guests. We do however understand the need to follow precautions, and we have effective measures in place throughout our venue, which we’ll continue to adhere to until lockdown is lifted for good.'

Hill finished, 'We hope our wonderful customers will continue to bear with us knowing that these measures aren’t permanent and that we’re doing our best to ensure safe service for everybody.'

The 12-bed Galtres Lodge Hotel is made up of two combined Georgian townhouses. It's a stone’s throw from York’s oldest and most famous street, The Shambles and with York Minster just around the corner, the hotel is the ideal location for a historic but vibrant city break.