From the 12th The Prime Minister has announced that it will reopen April if the conditions are met

The news has brought relief across the world of business, although many sectors are warning not to remain under severe financial pressure

“We’re excited to finally have some appointments,” skincare maker Gareth McKeever told the BBC

He and his wife, Claire, handcraft Pure Lakes skin care products in a workshop in the Lake District

They supply hotels and stores and sell online, but lost four fifths of their business during the lockdown They were therefore desperate for some security for the future so that they could plan

“While our online sales were a godsend during the lockdown, 80% of our business is hospitality rather than essential retail, and that went away almost overnight,” said McKeever

“We may have some time to wait for these customers to reopen, but at least we can now start planning and preparing”

He added that for a small, family-run business with limited access to third-party funding, “uncertainty is a major barrier” to purchasing raw materials and maintaining inventory, let alone future growth plans

Restaurants and non-essential retailers have cautiously welcomed the roadmap with their offer of hope for reopenings

Mark Smith, marketing advisor for the French Chicken Chain in South East England, said the news was a relief

“It’s great to hear the announcement today, a clear roadmap of restaurants that will allow customers to dine indoors again in May,” he told the BBC

“We, like the entire hotel industry, welcome this decision and can hardly wait to welcome customers again”

Ian Watson, Managing Director of Hotter Shoes in Lancashire, is pleased but cautious: “It is good to see a route map for the reopening of non-essential retail, but I fear that there is still a lack of confirmed data and from many are dependent on ifs and buts “

He said retailers need to understand the confirmed dates and criteria they are working on, “not just so we can prepare the business in-house, but to effectively serve our employees and suppliers.”

“Our retail reps have been mostly in limbo for the past 12 months and now need clarity about when they will be back to work”

Other lines of business have welcomed the possibility of a restart, but warned that they need more help to survive

Some security will help the events industry, said Matthew Shaw, creative director at the events company Sauveur

“The events and wedding industry has been looking for a clear framework to build from. Finally, this roadmap provides the much-needed visibility and guidance,” he said, but warned that this was only the first step

“It is important that the budget includes extensive support for freelancers and the self-employed, a clear plan for small businesses, and a significant commitment to the events industry”

Sarah Haywood, spokeswoman for the UK Weddings Taskforce, warned that 400000 jobs in the industry are still at risk

“It’s disappointing that we’re only gradually going to have 30 guests at a wedding over the next four months, which is simply unprofitable for most businesses,” she warned

“The infrastructure at the heart of our sector is on the verge of collapse Until weddings can go normally, there are 400000 jobs in 60000 companies remain at risk “

“The sector is devastated that it will be so far away from reopening. As of early November, the sector will be closed for nearly 200 days, with only a few weeks of severely restricted trading in December,” she said

The fitness sector will also need support, said Neil Randall, General Manager of Anytime Fitness UK

“Today’s announcement is a positive move and we recognize that recreation and fitness facilities will be the next priority after education and outdoor exercise,” said Randall

“However, we urge the Chancellor to provide a comprehensive aid package for our sector that has been closed over eight months in the last twelve months”

Jonathan Geldart, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said: “It is vital that companies have clarity on how the government is perceiving the UK in planning their four main tests to help them plan , taking into account the lead times they will need”Make sure the jobs are Covid-safe and ready to start hiring”

Mike Chery, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “It is important that this plan protects against a fourth wave of Covid and an associated lockdown that will be imposed for the 250th time000 companies that fear closure this year will be devastating The Chancellor must keep the Prime Minister’s promise of whatever it takes in next week’s budget “

Ian Wright, Executive Director of the Food and Drink Federation, said: “For many of the food and beverage companies supplying the hospitality and food service sectors, the return to ‘business as usual’ seems a long way off, so it’s just that right that the Chancellor outlines major expansions to the vacation and credit insurance systems in his budget announcement next week “

Tim Alderslade, Managing Director of Airlines UK, said: “We thank the Prime Minister and the Department of Transport for the clarity that the entire sector has sought so that international travel can reopen this summer as soon as it is safe to do so do “

Mike Hawes, executive director of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said, “The fact that retail showrooms are required to remain closed until at least April is deeply disappointing as these facilities are Covid-safe, large, low-traffic facilities acts only to work by agreement “

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