Pub and hospitality trade bodies have revealed that just 1% of hospitality venues across the UK have been linked to NHS Test and Trace incidences.
The finding, which comes from a survey of members of UKHospitality, the BII and the BBPA, showed respondents operating over 22,500 outlets across the UK collectively only reported 275 NHS Test and Trace contact incidences – the equivalent to 1% of all outlets surveyed.
Latest Public Health England data published also shows that hospitality was linked to just 2.7% of Covid-19 cases.
“The evidence is clear that pubs, restaurants and hospitality venues are Covid-secure,” says a spokesperson for the trade bodies. “Singling them out is simply illogical, counterproductive and grossly unfair.”
They are now calling on the government to consider removing the 10pm curfew on the sector, which SAGE has questioned as an effective way to combat the virus, and which is massively damaging hospitality trade in medium risk regions across the UK.