Boris Johnson announced on the 5th July that July 19th will commence the return of normal life for everyone living in England. Dubbed “Freedom Day”, nightclubs and bars will be reopening, as well as the removal of the majority of covid-19 restrictions.
This is the first time in nearly 16 months that the late-night industry will be viable to trade, and all hospitality venues will be operating at full capacity and bringing in a substantial profit.
The government hopes that all adults will have received their first vaccine by July 19th, and two thirds of adults will have received both doses.
Track and trace from 19th July
We no longer have to scan Track and Trace on entry, but some establishments can choice to continue asking customers to do so. Vaccine passports or proof of a double vaccination are not legal requirements on entry, however some venues can ask for this information, this might be a popular choice with nightclubs and any large events.
People who are notified by Track and Trace must continue to self-isolate for ten days to reduce the spread of the virus. However, five weeks from this date will bring a change to these rules; those with a double vaccination will not have to isolate for ten days if they get notified, they will only have to isolate until they receive a negative test result.
This is great news for hospitality because it means that staff will not have to take ten days off of work if their Track and Trace pings. However, for the first five weeks of reopening, the BBC predict that over 4.5 million people will have to self-isolate for ten days before the 16th August.
Hospitality bosses are worried about what this means for their staff for the first five weeks of reopening. It is predicted that one third of hospitality workers could be off work self-isolating as they have a higher exposure to the public at work than a typical office worker.
One in five of all UK adults said they used to have the app but have since deleted it, with the highest proportion in the youngest age group, the survey for Savanta ComRes revealed. The poll underlines concerns that rapidly rising coronavirus cases are causing hundreds of thousands of people to be “pinged” even after the briefest contact with an infected person.
Kate Nicholls, the CEO of UK Hospitality says:
“Introducing a test to release system for fully vaccinated people from the middle of next month not only fails to recognise the carnage the current system is causing hospitality and the wider economy, but also significantly discriminates against a huge proportion of our workforce. Around 60% of our staff are aged between 15-34 and the vast majority will not have had the opportunity to receive both jabs by the 16th August”.
Hospitality workers and masks
From July 19th it is not compulsory for hospitality staff to continue wearing face masks, however, 38% of pub bosses will ask staff to continue wearing PPE to protect them and their guests. 17% of pub bosses said that they were unsure if they will make staff wear masks and are waiting on government advice before making any decisions.
A few more examples of restrictions being lifted:
- We can order at the bar as table service is no longer mandatory.
- Sit inside with more than 6 people.
- Unlimited people can meet up outside or in a house.
- Big events like festivals, weddings and concerts can go forwards.
- Employees will no longer be told to work from home.
- Legal requirement to social distance will be abolished.
- School safety measures including the bubbles.
- Care home visitations are allowed.
- Travel to an amber country if you are fully vaccinated without having to quarantine after.