All hospitality venues in England have been ordered to close by 10pm from Thursday to help curb the spread of Covid-19 – part of a series of new restrictions outlined by the government. In a television broadcast on Tuesday night (22 September), Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the new measures, which he said, could last …

The government’s plan to impose a hard 10pm close time for all pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality businesses in England has been labelled a “crushing blow” for the trade. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to make an official announcement today (22 September), where he is expected to detail the new restrictions, which include …

Bacardí Snapchat lens

Bacardí Rum has launched a new Snapchat lens, designed to help consumers maintain a safe one metre plus distance apart when they return to their favourite venues. The new Snapchat lens, which became available on 4 July for those in key cities in England, uses augmented reality, showcasing the distance between smartphone users and their …

Stella Artois street art

Stella Artois is harnessing the power of smart street art to help bars and pubs maintain social distancing for customers in a safe yet creative way. The Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I-owned beer brand is installing a 28×14 metre artwork at the heart of the Old Truman Brewery in London, using a combination of geometric shapes …

In an announcement today (23 June), prime minster Boris Johnson confirmed that hospitality venues can reopen from 4 July, however the industry still awaits detailed Government guidance. The opportunity for many hospitality businesses to return from 4 July was greeted with relief and praise. For weeks, the sector has been pressing Government for clarity. 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 …

ePOS Hybrid contactless ordering

Hospitality tech start-up ePOS Hybrid is offering bar, restaurant and casual dining operators a way of introducing safe, contactless customer interaction to comply with social distancing guidelines. The new product is a contactless self-ordering system, which will allow customers to process their full orders from their phone, without leaving their seats. This removes the need …

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 …

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 …

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, …