The government has been slowly allowing businesses to get back to work after a huge number of sectors were brought to a standstill in late March due to the country going into lockdown.
While it allowed non-essential shops, garden centres and construction sites to re-open earlier this month, its latest announcement revealed the tourism and hospitality sector will be able to resume business as soon as July 4th.
On ‘Super Saturday’, as it has been named, restaurants, cafes, hotels, bars, pubs, holiday homes, campsites, caravan parks, libraries, places of worship, community centres, museums, art galleries, canteens, cinemas, bingo halls, theatres, concert halls, social clubs, barbers, hairdressers, outdoor playgrounds, outdoor gyms, funfairs, theme parks, arcades, indoor leisure centres, zoos, farms, safari parks and wildlife centres will all be able to welcome the public again.
Companies are sure to be eager to get back to work, but it is important they have a good business continuity plan to deal with the changes regarding safety precautions to ensure their customers and staff remain protected from Covid-19. They also need to prepare if further lockdowns occur in the future should a second spike occur.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson commented: “We can’t have great writhing scenes in the beer gardens when the virus could be passed on. This has to be done in a sensible way, people should be giving their names to the pubs, to the restaurants, doing things in a way that allows us, if something does happen, to track back, to test and trace and stamp out any outbreak.”
This comes after medical chief Chris Witty warned that coronavirus is likely to last into 2021, saying: “We will be in for really quite a long haul.”