Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member Economy and Strategic Planning, has written to the Chancellor to call for an urgent support and recovery package to be introduced for the hospitality industry, as the return of more stringent public health restrictions leave businesses facing a challenging winter period.
This comes as the York Lib Dems continue to call on the Government to back York and our city’s businesses to seize the opportunities that would enable us to lead the recovery in our region and across the North of England.
The hospitality sector has been particularly hard hit by Coronavirus prevention measures. While we have seen residents and visitors return to the city, York’s hotel and restaurant businesses, dependent on indoor spaces and social interaction, are operating in a limited capacity with the observation of Covid-secure measures. Uncertainty around the impact of further restrictions, put in place to control the spread of the virus, is already affecting business and consumer confidence at this challenging time for the economy.
Writing to the Chancellor, Cllr Andrew Waller, commented:
“A considerable amount of work has gone into reopening the city centre and support the return of customers for retail and hospitality, with footfall in the city centre well above the national average for high streets.
“With the added complexities of evolving government restrictions, it is clear that the hospitality industry will continue to be impacted and will need to keep adapting. With no way of making up the income lost and with the prospect of schemes such as furlough coming to an end, many hospitality businesses are facing a cliff edge.
“We’re calling on the Government to introduce a support and recovery package tailored to the needs of the hospitality industry to protect jobs and give the long-term confidence businesses need to survive the coming challenging months.
“Whilst public health must always remain our top priority, we must not underestimate the impact that this health crisis continues to have on businesses across the country, who remain faced with ever-increasing uncertainty as Government support schemes come to end just as further restrictions are put back in place. Enhanced restriction measures must be accompanied by comprehensive government support to minimise the damage to business and save the livelihoods of millions of people across the country.”