Festive season looks ‘bleak’ for hospitality sector

LVA concerned businesses won’t survive Christmas cancellations

Hospitality businesses on the Isle of Man are worried they won’t make it through the ‘bleak’ winter after losing tens of thousands of pounds in Christmas bookings.

Yesterday government pledged a further £9 million of support in light of ‘continuing pressures’ around Covid-19.

But the Licensed Victuallers Association says it’s concerned that it won’t go far enough.

Geoff Joughin is the chairman:

This week government introduced new Covid-19 measures in response to the threat of the Omicron variant.

It appears this, coupled with rising case numbers, has led people into cancelling bookings across hospitality and lifestyle sectors.

In response Treasury revealed a range of support including £3,000 grants for businesses which can show a 25 per cent downturn.

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Despite increasing Coronavirus restrictions government has maintained that it wants people to continue to support local.

Dr Alex Allinson is the enterprise minister:

People are being urged to ‘know before you go’ and take a lateral flow test before socialising.

And as the Island approaches what should be a busy December weekend – Mr Joughin has this message for patrons:

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