The prime minister has just announced that pubs, restaurants, hotels, hairdressers cinemas and museums will be allowed to reopen in England on July 4, after three months of forced closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson said that UK SMEs will be able to welcome back customers as long as social distancing and hygiene policies are observed.
Pubs and restaurants across the UK will breathe a sigh of relief as they are finally allowed to open their doors. The public has been waiting for months to pop down their local and visit their favourite restaurants and the surge in demand on 4th July and the weeks following this date are expected to be huge especially if the weather remains hot. Hairdressers are also expected to be booked up for months but have strict measures to follow to keep their customers safe.
The SME club has been championing pubs and restaurants and are delighted at the news they are able to reopen but they now need continued support from the govt as they start trading again and manage overheads such as taking staff of furlough, restocking and setting up social distancing measures to make them compliant and safe. During this difficult period we are calling on the govt to continue supporting these UK SMEs and allow breaks in rent and tax payments while they find their feet and get back to the new normal.