UK Manchester pub owners thankful for roadmap dates but fearful for interim last minute news


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- Now the question remains how businesses will hang on until May - or even later

UK Manchester pub owners thankful for roadmap dates but fearful for interim last minute news


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- Now the question remains how businesses will hang on until May - or even later

UK Manchester pub owners thankful for roadmap dates but fearful for interim last minute news
22 February 2021 - 20:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Pub and restaurant owners in Greater Manchester have finally been given a jot of hope for the future, with the Government outlining potential reopening dates. Boris Johnson has set out a four-step roadmap out of the current lockdown in England, which would see schools open first before the rest of the economy slowly opens up. But while hospitality experts have welcomed the Government's gradual approach - which will see five week windows between each step of lockdown easing - they have criticised the 'terrifying' wait for the news of financial support in the meantime. One operator has warned that if all the pieces of the jigsaw don't fall into place as planned, and with proper financial relief, they and many other businesses may not make it through to reopen at all. The roadmap will allow outdoor hospitality settings, such as beer gardens, to open as early as April 12 - step two in the plans. Beer gardens will be among the first to open (Image: Getty Images) Indoor restaurant and pub spaces won't be able to welcome customers inside until May 17 at the earliest. The gap between one setting and the other is 'disappointing', operators say, after venues have spent so much time and money making their spaces as Covid-safe as possible. The British Beer & Pub Association has said that three in five pubs will remain closed during this period, either because they 'don’t have any outdoor space or simply because they will not be commercially sustainable'. (Image: Getty Images) Sacha Lord has said that beer gardens are 'a luxury only reserved for middle class areas who have the space and financial capabilities.' He continued: "It is once again the working class who are hardest hit by the decisions coming from Westminster during this pandemic." One major change facing venues after lockdown, and one that's been unanimously welcomed, is the scrapping of the curfew and the 'ridiculous' substantial meal rule. Jonny Heyes (Image: Joe White) Common co-founder Jonny Heyes says he can't wait to 'hear the hubbub of a busy venue full of love and laughter again', adding that the roadmap gives some light at the end of the tunnel. He said: "The seeming success of the vaccine rollout, thanks in large part to the NHS, starts to give us some hope that things can start to get back to normal. Read More Related Articles Ministers weigh up Covid passports in bid to allow music festivals, clubbing and foreign holidays Read More Related Articles Sign up to CityLife's free newsletter from the Manchester Evening News "I’m very much in the camp that prepared to be cautious so I welcome the pace and tone of the governments approach. "We have to hope that we can hold on along with our friends in the hospitality industry and make it to the other side so we can welcome customers again." He is one of many urging Rishi Sunak to outline proper financial support for the industry, which is still facing many more weeks of forced closures and ever-mounting debt. Jonny added: "As it stands, those of us in the hospitality industry will emerge from this saddled with debt, effectively paying for the recovery off our own backs, and if we are to be an engine of growth for the future of our communities then we need more support. Extension of the VAT cut would be a good start but we need more help for wet led pubs too." Michael Clay (Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning) His concerns about financial support were echoed by Michael Clay, chef and co-owner of Ancoats restaurant Elnecot. Michael says that the lack of announcement today, and an anxious wait for the Chancellor's Budget on March 3, is 'ridiculous' and leaves operators 'none the wiser'. He said: "They should say today whether the vat reduction will stay and if the rent moratorium will be extended. So many businesses that will be desperate to hear that news." Elnecot (Image: Manchester Evening News) Speaking of being able to reopen his outside space before his inside restaurant, he added: "Only being allowed to open outside is going to potentially create a few logistical problems, particularly if it rains. Even more so if it rains unexpectedly! "I personally believe that the safety precautions that we have put in place in the restaurant make it safer than being in a crowded supermarket at the moment so it’s very disappointing that we can’t open inside and outside at the same time. "It will undoubtedly cause issues, not least from the weather, we will just have to hope that we can deal with that five weeks as best we can and hope that the May 17 [step three of the roadmap] date is not pushed back. "I guess positives are the fact that we have dates to work toward and a good amount of time to get prepared to open. Great that there won’t be the need for a curfew or the ridiculous substantial meal rule." Today is the first time that the Government's lockdown easing plans have mentioned nightclubs, which have been closed ever since the first lockdown back in spring 2020. If all goes according to the PM's vision, social restrictions could fully relax from June 21, which would allow nightlife venues to reopen at long last. Read More Related Articles A new gin distillery offering tours is opening in Stockport after starting life in a garage Read More Related Articles Greater Manchester's best burgers that are available for delivery or as DIY meal kits One of Manchester's best-loved clubs, 42s, says that scrapping the curfew and the restrictions on wet-led venues is the 'best news' they've had since the pandemic began.

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. He said: "I appreciate that it's not set in stone and there are a lot of pieces of the puzzle that have to fall into place before we can do that, but it would be a fantastic moment to aim for. "It would be great if Manchester Council could relax the outdoor seating rules so that more venues could get open on the 12th. 42s "I think it could be a problem for quite a few venues in the city centre that don't have outdoor seating. "We've opened as a pub before and the removal of the curfew and the substantial meal rule means it would a very viable option for us to reopen then. "It's light at the end of the tunnel that I haven't had in I can't remember in how long. It's cheered me up and given me something to look forward to. "The other thing that hasn't been mentioned in all this is the financial side of it. We need to know sooner rather than later so that we can plan financially - there's a possibility that if it was all pulled we wouldn't get to the 12th. "This all needs to be backed up with a good financial plan so venues can get on their feet." The way that lockdown will relax and life return to 'normal' has been labelled 'baffling' by one restaurant owner, who won't be able to welcome diners back to his tiny venue until the same time that stadiums are allowed to welcome 10,000 fans. (Image: The Walled Gardens) Eddie Shepherd of The Walled Gardens in Whalley Range said on Twitter: "So am I right in understanding that my 8 seat restaurant can’t reopen until the same time as 10,000 seat sports events? And after gyms, swimming pools, museums etc Despite all the extra precautions & contract tracing info we take in hospitality? Also still no gov support so far. "I’m all for pulling my weight in this and being closed as long as I need to to keep people safe but this feels kind of baffling. And it will be 6 and a half months we’ll have been closed in Manchester. And still the same gaps in self employed support" Read More Related Articles Manchester's most exclusive restaurant has only one employee - and he's been left in 'turmoil' by Tier 3 Ducie Street Warehouse, the giant venue near Manchester Piccadilly that is home to a gym, a hotel, a restaurant, a bar and a co-working space, hoped the reopening dates would be sooner. Its food and beverages operations director Mark Clinton said: "While the dates are not as soon as we would have hoped for, at least we now have dates. Ducie Street Warehouse (Image: Copyright 2018 Lucas Smith Photography) "The removal of the curfew, and the farewell of the scotch egg substantial snack is the change that will make the most positive impact to the industry – this truly was the biggest financial blow, that did the most damage to our trade." The stages of the lockdown easing will time out alarmingly well for the business, which has spent lockdown building a south-facing terrace and appointing a new head chef. He also promised to throw a 'bloody good party' when allowed to. The terrace at 20 Stories in Spinningfields (Image: promo pics from the PR company) 20 Stories' senior sales and marketing manager Becky Wilkes said: "We understand that safety needs to be at the forefront of the exit strategy and I’m glad that hospitality is being treated the same as non-essential retail as it’s been infuriating to see hospitality be painted badly in the past." (Image: Darren Robinson Photography) She added that the Spinningfields restaurant and bar is 'very lucky' to have its outdoor terrace, which many city centre establishments aren't equipped with. Finally, Sacha Lord, night time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, commented: "For the operators across the UK who can trade outdoors, breaking even is not a possibility here. They cannot pay rents, rates and bills or afford to take staff off furlough if they are only serving to 10% capacity. Many will simply choose not to reopen. "With 'data not dates' being touted as the reasoning behind decisions, we see no reason why indoor hospitality cannot reopen at the same time as non-essential retail. "The hospitality sector has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on ensuring venues are Covid secure and we still have no data to confirm they are a high risk area of transmission. I see no justification for the delay in reopening. "Lastly. We need urgent clarity on the financial support operators will have access to, and cannot afford to wait until the Chancellor's budget is announced in ten days. "Asking business owners to wait in limbo to find out if they can financially survive and afford to keep their livelihoods, will be terrifying and have huge implications on mental health, stress and anxiety for owners and their employees." Read More Related Articles When will hotels and caravan parks reopen as lockdown ends in England? Read More Related Articles When will music festivals and live gigs be able to return after lockdown?

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