“There is no doubt that closing pubs, restaurants and cafes in the UK will have a devastating effect on jobs, livelihoods, community and the high street for many months and possibly years to come. Many high street eateries and bars are already struggling, so this could well be the final nail in the coffin for some.
“Whilst sad and undoubtedly difficult it is, as our Prime Minister says, “a time for all of us to come together” but in a new way. Many pubs, cafes and restaurants around the world have already voluntarily closed their doors in a bid to do their selfless part for the community.
“Chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing that the government will pay 80% of wages for employees who are not working (up to £2,500 per month) will be a massive help for many bartenders, mixologists, baristas and waiting staff too. This is, as the government says, unprecedented. However, it remains to be seen whether this will be enough to keep premises in business across this period.
“We’ve already seen remarkable feats of determination, innovation and optimistic creativity too. We’re advising restaurant, pub and bar clients not to panic and to use this moment to re-group and re-assess strategy for the coming months and beyond. For example, Patent Pending cocktail bar in New York is delivering pre-batched cocktails in mason jars – even going as far as delivering them in an $8 cab to preserve their quality. It’s stories like this that will inspire innovation. (https://ny.eater.com/2020/3/18/21185048/coronavirus-alcohol-delivery-nyc-photos)
“We’re hoping that as this situation spreads, we can all learn from each other. We have just launched a global knowledge sharing group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2851122131613169/) for bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels to share their knowledge and ideas. We intend for bartenders, baristas and business owners in all affected countries to come together and help protect each other’s livelihoods – and communities.”