I'm not the guy with all the answers but we sort of knew it would drive inflation to an all-time low as hospitality prices were reduced, less money floating around the economy in August, the consumer spend was extremely low due to government support. The government knew this was going to happen but had their hands tied due to low consumer confidence leaving their front door. The hospitality sector was also backed into a corner and many of these businesses had no choice but to jump on the EOTHO scheme. To run a brick-and-mortar business in this country is costly, bills bills bills, there is no escaping these horrid things.
For many of us, penny-pinching hasn’t exactly been a choice as of late. Most of our normal treats and vices have been off-limits while the UK has been in lockdown, and only recently have we been able to head out to pubs, restaurants, cinemas, and enjoy other forms of entertainment again. As we venture out of our homes and start spending once more, it can be easy to get a bit carried away! After all, there has never been a more tempting time to treat ourselves; we deserve a bit of fun after all of this, right? Of course, we should be able to embrace our new-found freedoms guilt-free, but what about our dwindling savings pots?
Just in case we hadn’t been through enough in 2020, the UK is set to be hit with a recession the likes of which we’ve probably never seen before. Experts have suggested that we’re likely to be the worst-hit country in Europe and the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has predicted some daunting outcomes. Many of us are already feeling anxious about our finances and as the economy is either set to contract by 11.5 per cent after the first wave of the pandemic or by 14 per cent if the virus returns later in the year, it’s difficult to feel optimistic.
It's, of course, great news that many restaurants are reopening from the 4th July but this will not be easy with so many rules and regulations. Will customers get their quick fix? As it's been a long time coming then realise it is not what it's cracked up to be. I'm sure restaurants are set to make the smoothest experience possible under these circumstances and gearing up the best they can but do so many rules put people off? We have learned so much by cooking at home, making dishes we never thought we'd make and saving money along the way. The home life hasn't been all bad but getting socially active outside your home will always be needed, creating memories, taking Instagram worthy pics and setting your self free from your everyday life... we all need to let our hair down and get socially connected... so this is where the hospitality industry comes in. A real focus is on helping brick-and-mortar businesses stay afloat, it's our responsibility, as to how can we make these type of memories without them.
Following the recent announcements about the reopening of shops and schools, many of us are excitedly anticipating the moment when we can step foot back in our favourite restaurants. As Father’s Day (Sunday the 21st of June) approaches, we’re missing meals out with the family more than ever and, although there has been a suggestion of some restaurants reopening as early as July, that still leaves us with a big question: how can else we treat our dads on Father’s Day?
As many of us have more time while staying at home it is not always easy to find activities to make the time pass. Some of us might feel sad or frustrated which is normal in a time like this but it's also important to remember that in a time like this we still have to take care of ourselves. Both physically and mentally, keeping your mind organised is key. A lot of people have quite the hectic everyday life with both family and work, so it is not always easy to find time to reflect on things that are important in life or take a step back and just appreciate everything we have. Here are some ideas for you to try during Covid19.
Eating a meal in a romantic, candle-lit restaurant may well be cancelled for the foreseeable future, but ‘date nights’ certainly aren’t. With 16,929,007 posts captioned ‘#datenight’ on Instagram (and more being uploaded every few minutes), as well as the new related hashtags: #quarentinedatenight (8,781 posts) and #datenightathome (44,960 posts), it’s clear that people are feeling as loved-up as ever, despite the circumstances.
Do you feel a little extra snakish during these lockdown times? Do not worry we got you! Here are some very easy yet super yummy recipes you can try today!
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on our everyday lives, it is important we maintain high spirits and support each other and our local communities as much as possible. As non-essential stores remain closed until further notice, there is little we can do to help with this reality. However, for those small local shops and convenience stores that continue to provide us with our essential items and necessities, there are steps put in place to help support their success during this tough time.
The Epidemic has taken a toll on all of us, some have experienced the lockdown much worse than others and it's important to remember to be kind and stand together, take care of one another in this difficult time. Here are a couple of things that...