Crisis Positive News
15 months for the cost of 12!
The hospitality industry has been hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, with many hospitality businesses forced to close their operation entirely. Of course, this means that the implications on cash flow are profound, with many hotels generating next to no income during the lockdown period. In light of this, and in recognition of the ongoing difficulties currently being faced by hospitality, HOSPA is extending a 3-month payment holiday to our operator members. Having been in constant discourse with our members since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, we’re well aware of the financial burdens venues are having to bear at this time – and we don’t want to add to it.
We appreciate that, in the grand scheme of things, it’s a comparatively small gesture, but we wanted to do so to help express our gratitude for your continued support of our organisation.
Jane Pendlebury | CEO | HOSPA
Knut Wylde and his team at The Berkeley in London are producing about 350 meals a day for the drive-thru for the emergency services. It is fully operated by volunteers from across the hotel. On top of this, they cook another 250 meals for the elderly and vulnerable in isolation and sheltered housing. They teamed up with Westminster Council to have these meals delivered to the front door of the individual.
The Strand Palace has announced it will be delivering free meals to the London Ambulance Service daily and will remain open for key workers only
The Victory Services Club has remained open for key workers. Currently, there are 50 individuals staying, largely drawn from military personnel working with the MoD, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the NHS. The Club has a team of living-in staff offering an extremely bespoke service and is fully cognisant of the health advice in respect of social distancing. The dedicated housekeeping staff are delivering an enhanced cleaning programme.
Supermarkets and employers in food supply, retail and delivery are keen to recruit workers from the travel and tourism sectors in particular – as customer service skills are a common feature of the thousands of roles available to be filled.