Despite reopening indoors, hospitality sales fell by 26% in May.
Despite the reopening of thousands of establishments, sales at pubs, bars, and restaurants across the UK fell more than a quarter below pre-pandemic levels last month, according to fresh numbers.
According to the current Coffer CGA business tracker, hospitality businesses reported a 26% drop in May compared to the same month last year.
Restrictions requiring only outdoors activities until May 17 impeded on trading, and bad weather also had an impact on client numbers.
According to the poll, the reopening of indoor spaces on May 17 helped eateries, which saw a 13 percent increase in sales compared to the same month last year.
Pubs enjoyed higher sales at the end of the month as a result of the warm weather, although revenues were still down 34% from the same month two years ago.
Meanwhile, bars were the hardest damaged segment of the industry, with a 38 percent drop.
“May brought a decent if unspectacular return to indoor trading for managed restaurants, pubs, and bars,” said Karl Chessell, director of hospitality operators and food at CGA.
“Consumers have been keen to return to restaurants, and the warm weather helped pubs end the month on a high note, but distance and other trading restraints have continued to counterbalance those positives.
“While the sector’s long-term prospects remain positive, much currently depends on whether the government sticks to its recovery plan.”
The government’s next pronouncement concerning pandemic limitations is scheduled on Monday, June 14, and hoteliers are hoping that the current virus limits will be lifted a week later.
“Hospitality is fighting for survival,” said Mark Sheehan, general director of Coffer Corporate Leisure.
“Despite the pressure on labor expenses, compliance expenses are higher, and closures will continue to rise unless limitations are eased.
“The good news is that the public has indicated an increased desire to return to hospitality, and the future, once constraints are lifted, appears to be quite promising.”
“With reports that the road map to reopening,” said Paul Newman, head of leisure and hospitality at RSM. (This is a short article)