Petition for Hospitality Minister
17th December 2020
A petition calling on the Government to create a Minister for Hospitality is gaining momentum, with hundreds of leading chefs and restaurateurs putting their support behind the campaign.
Earlier today, Kate Nichols, CEO UK Hospitality joined TMI members in one of our regular discussions.
The TMI would like to urge our members to support this campaign as it is vital that the industry receives more support if it is to survive.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said:
“Putting hospitality businesses back into lockdown, which is effectively what tier 3 amounts to, is not going to tackle increasing infection rates.
“There’s still no hard evidence that hospitality venues are a significant contributor for the spike in infections. Cases were higher at the end of the last lockdown – during which hospitality was shut down – than at the start. The spread is being predominantly driven through schools – even the Mayor of London has pointed this out and called for schools to stay shut until January. Yet, once again, it is hospitality that will take the hit. The Government is cracking down on hospitality for an increase in the infection rates that occurred during a period when hospitality was forcibly closed. It makes no sense
“So many pubs, restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels, having invested so much to make their venues safe, are only just clinging on by the skin of their teeth, but will be forced to take another huge hit. The burden of a region being moved into tier 3 falls almost exclusively on hospitality businesses. It is an illogical tactic that fails to tackle COVID effectively but does push businesses closer towards failure."
Please support the campaign. You can sign the petition here.