ROADMAP: Hospitality gearing up to reopen
Monday April 12th is a huge first step on the road map for Liverpool's food and drink sector.
With the reopening of non-essential shops, outdoor attractions and outdoor areas of hospitality such as pubs and restaurants. Ma Boyle’s Alehouse and Eatery is gearing up to reopen and owner Ian says he’s feeling optimistic.
It hasn't been an easy year for bars and clubs. From national lockdowns and the introduction of a 10pm curfew to the "substantial meal" rule under tier restrictions, nightlife in the region has had a lot to contend with.
A study by John Hopkins University in the US showed a positive correlation between higher spending in restaurants and bars and more COVID infections, though some claim the hospitality sector has become a convenient scapegoat for the government. The price of Covid has been high for many businesses, with reduced capacity and higher staffing costs.
Some bars were allowed to open briefly during the summer of 2020, and then again late last year though subsequent tier restrictions and the most recent lockdowns put them back into a precarious place. With bars and restaurants not able to welcome customers back inside until May at the earliest, the success of many businesses will be weather dependent. Iain Hoskins, Owner of Ma Boyle's Alehouse & Eatery hopes that customers will remain loyal to the historic maritime venue which reached its 150th anniversary last year.
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