Divided Over Second Lockdown

According to the latest Lumina Intelligence data, England’s hospitality sector is divided over the second national lockdown.

In its weekly poll of 242 board level operators of pubs, restaurants, and takeaway businesses it found that 43 percent of hospitality operators do not support the government’s second lockdown of England while 41 percent said they did. 16 percent were undecided.

According to the government, the earliest the lockdown will be lifted is the 2nd of December, with many operators expressing concern that it could be extended. Just over a third of businesses rated their chance of survival as poor if this was to be the case.

Despite their fears, operators do believe they are better placed to weather the current lockdown having had the experience of it the first time around with 69 percent of respondents saying they are in some way better prepared for the coming four weeks.

Watching England and other parts of Europe enter second waves of lockdown and seeing how they weather the next COVID storm will be important for New Zealand operators in preparation for if (or more likely, when) it happens here.