After more than a year of restrictions most people are very much looking forward to a holiday in the UK. The big question is, can they be facilitated?
The question is an all too real one, threatening the ability of a much needed dose of rest and recuperation being administered this summer.
The crux of the problem is that Brexit exiled EU Nationals from the UK, and 20% of the UK’s hospitality workforce were EU Nationals, circa 620,000 people.
Without sufficient numbers of people to – meet and greet – take orders – prepare food – cook food – serve food – serve drinks – present bills – take payments – tidy and clean up – hospitality businesses cannot operate at full capacity.
And if hospitality businesses cannot operate at full capacity, staycations will be limited. So, the staycation that much of the UK population is looking forward to, and the hospitality industry is relying on to fuel a recovery from the pandemic, cannot materialise.
Hospitality is already open outdoors, and in a few weeks’ time indoors also. The need for people is now, no amount of training for the future, upskilling or anything else will fill a gap of 3 – 600,000 experienced and skilled hospitality people.
The only solution is EU Nationals that have hospitality experience and expertise need to be welcomed back with open arms.
This crisis looming is also a political one, at least for the government. While people across the UK may be prepared to look the other way when Boris and co are busy decorating, they would not do the same if deprived of their holiday.
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