Earlier this week, I spoke with the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, on a conference call. On the call, I raised the need for as much flexibility as possible to allow the hospitality sector to operate their current businesses, be it a pub, restaurant or similar business, in an outdoor setting.
The Chancellor confirmed that the Government is looking into this very positively to see how they can help. This was an issue raised with me by local businesses from that sector recently, and I was happy to raise this with the Chancellor directly.
The Chancellor confirmed that helping our leisure, tourism and hospitality sectors is a key part of the Government’s support package and they are looking to reopen that sector in a safe way as soon as is possible.