Hospitality closed sign

On Saturday (31 October), Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England will move into a second national lockdown, confirming that all hospitality businesses will have to close from Thursday. The month-long lockdown comes into force at 12.01am on Thursday 5 November and will last until 2 December. There is, however, a possibility of it being …

Hospitality trade bodies UKHospitality, the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) report mass redundancies and permanent closure of venues across the UK, without the appropriate package of support from government. The findings, which come from a sector-wide survey of members of all three trade associations, conducted by research …

The Prime Minister has detailed a new three-level alert system in England, where local areas will be put into medium, high and very high alerts, to combat the spread of Covid-19. At a press conference held today (12 October), PM Boris Johnson said that the UK is entering a “new and crucial phase” in the …

Pernod Ricard UK

Pernod Ricard UK has published a ‘Back to work in the new normal’ guide to help the hospitality industry prepare to reopen. The guide, which is available to download here, highlights content on how consumer needs and drinking habits have changed during lockdown, how to prepare and reopen, and how to serve drinks in a …

AA Covid Confident scheme

The AA is rolling out a new ‘Covid Confident’ assessment scheme to support the hospitality industry as the UK prepares to come out of lockdown. The accreditation will indicate to customers that an establishment has in place the necessary risk assessments, safety measures and staff training, in line with the Government and UKHospitality’s published guidelines. …

Trade bodies UKHospitality and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) are demanding that the Government provides a clear date for when hospitality businesses can reopen and start trading. They say that a definitive date will give the sector the confidence and certainty it needs to get ready for reopening. This includes releasing staff from …

Cocchi’s Digital Futurist Mixologist 2020

Italian vermouth brand Cocchi has announced that the latest instalment of its mixology competition – Digital Futurist Mixologist 2020 – is open for entries. This year, the competition will take place entirely digitally, and for the first time, reach beyond its Italian home to welcome candidates from the international bartending scene. Digital Futurist Mixologist 2020 …

Save Summer Six

A group of ministers, dubbed the ‘Save Summer Six’, are working to reopen UK pubs ahead of schedule in a bid to save 3.5 million jobs in the hospitality sector. The group, which is said to include Chancellor Rishi Sunak, is believed to be investigating ways to help venues reopen by 22 June, using beer …

The Gin Guild Ginposium

Ginposium, the annual gin industry seminar organised by the Gin Guild, and one of the gin industry’s annual highlights, is to be held online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of performing in front of an audience, this year’s keynote speakers have created a series of videos, which will be available on the Gin Guild’s …

Project Pint campaign

An investor from the BBC’s Million Pound Menu programme has launched a campaign that celebrates the nation’s love of pubs and pints, promoting a swift and safe return to UK hospitality venues. Serial bar entrepreneur and Draft House founder Charlie McVeigh is behind ‘Project Pint’, a positive campaign to promote the safe reopening of pubs, …