UK Hospitality Industry Struggle with Staff Isolation

  • Mania Joseph
  • September 8, 2021
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Around 1000 people were off last week, a report by Ian Payne. He is the chairman of Stonegate pubs in the United States. He wrote all the bad news after the NHS alerted him through a phone call. Some of his 15 restaurants were closed, and other staff members isolated, the report by bbc.   This has a negative effect on the hospitality industry.

Just next to Washington, Wetherspoon pub spokesman said six chefs tested positive. The number rise to 69 employees on self-isolation. Just around 50kilometers, Chain Loungers closed down some of their restaurants out of fear. Although the Covid-19 vaccine exists, not everyone in the UK has gotten it. Some executives fear that it might be the end of their journey.

Nick Collins, the Weatherspoon CEO, said the tests and tracing of affected people have had a negative impact on their business. If anyone is found positive in pub and restaurant, most employees have to go on isolation. However, Nick has urged the government to revisit the rules and loosen some tight measures.

Shortage of staff

Kate Nichols said they had told the government how strict isolation leaves them with fewer workers. Shortage of staff means reduced internal activities. As a result, there is a delay when customers bump into the restaurant, hence making a loss. Kate is the Chief Executive of the UK Hospitality department. She said some workers were forced to isolate themselves, yet they were not affected.

Most restaurants have employees working in shifts since they operate 24hours. So the morning and evening shifts will accommodate different chiefs. However, Kate was not happy with the fact that even if one member tested positive, all workers in both shifts get isolated. This meant the restaurant had to close down, the report by theguadian.

Many activities are conducted inside the pubs. Multiple employees need to make sure everything is in order. But when you decide to isolate even half of the team, the remaining people cannot do the rest of the job. And if they can, they will work in both shifts, which might be human labor.

Report from the UK Government

The UK government should avail a testing system that releases results as fast as possible. Employees tested negative, and they did not have contact with the affected person should carry out daily activities. Restaurant and pub investors are looking ahead to regain their profits. Business owners have suffered since the beginning of lockdown in 2021.

If the rules remain the same, most CEOs will have to close down their pubs. It will affect the economy at large. The UK opened the country not long ago, and many businesses are trying to catch up. The government recently discussed whether to test exposed persons daily rather than isolating them. This method will help to allow healthy and fit people to proceed working. Such a law would reduce mass isolation, which is risky for further infections.

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Through the minister for trade, the UK government has promised to support the hospitality industry. However, they have said self-isolation is the best method now. A government spokesman said it would help protect the public.

Self-isolating will cut the chain of transmission from one individual to another. It also helps to protect friends and family members. The spokesman went ahead to defend the government over its decisions. Children should not be disrupted by a single person who carried the virus from the restaurant. “We don’t want t to disrupt schools,” said the spokesman.

Pubs to close down

Large pubs like Becky and David might close if the rules are not revisited.  The owners have tried their best to buy machines for washing utensils. Currently, many jobs in their pub get performed through electronics. Becky has asked her team to be careful while handling customers. They don’t want further spread.

Pubs and restaurants are excellent sources of revenue in the country. Tourist attraction depends on the hospitality industry to serve visitors well.

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