Call to the Government to support UK's hospitality industry through the Coronavirus crisis

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The Coronavirus is a challenge and a tragedy in equal measure for this country, and we know how real the threat is to societies most vulnerable. All of us in hospitality wish to play our part in protecting those who need it and assisting in anyway possible to see the country through these dark times. 

That said the UK governments total lack of responsibility for the hospitality industry is unacceptable. The hospitality industry is the third largest industry in the UK with many jobs at stake. In choosing to not officially close restaurants, bars, hotels and other venues and instead putting the onus on consumers and business owners is both a dangerous and cowardly decision. 

We are petitioning for the government to take responsibility and formally close venues if that is what is actually required, instead of effectively doing so without taking ownership. 

We are asking for a review of-

  • A clear support - financial and practical - laid out by the government for both staff and business owners alike 
  • A decision from the government - because if we take the decision to close any form of insurance is no longer an option
  • Clarity for guests to ensure their safety 
  • Transparency on timeline so businesses can prepare logistically and rationally for times ahead 

Thank you to each and every person for their support, stay safe. 

Alex Claridge, Chef Owner of The Wilderness