Return of meals indoors gives city hospitality a boost



PUBS and restaurants in Warrington have received another boost over the past week following the return of indoor dining.

The latest data shows that customers were happy to foot the bill as hospitality expenses were on the rise.

Banking firm Revolut analyzed data from its 4,000 customers in Warrington in the seven days leading up to May 23 as they sat down in restaurants and cafes for the first time this year.

Diners spent 26% more in this period than in the week before, when only al fresco dining was allowed, with a bill totaling £ 589.69.

However, spending was still 27% lower than a normal week in February of last year before the start of the pandemic.

Spending at restaurants and cafes across Britain saw a larger drop of 41%.

Si Pugsley from Friars Court before welcoming customers inside again

Despite the reopening, many establishments will not be able to sell out before June 21, when all legal limits on social contact should be lifted in England.

However, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was too early to say whether the easing of all restrictions would continue as planned.

Kate Nicholls, Managing Director of UKHospitality, said: “The current restrictions drastically reduce the capacity of the sites, so the ability of restaurants to make money is limited well below pre-Covid levels.

“Many restaurants have been permanently lost due to the pandemic and there are others that, after months of closure and trade restrictions, have yet to reopen.

“A return to unrestricted commerce on June 21 is critical and means hotel businesses will shut down and be viable for the first time in almost 16 months, allowing businesses to bring in more staff. ”

The past week also saw the reopening of many indoor entertainment and culture venues, including museums, theaters and cinemas – though they too are operating at reduced capacity.

Cineworld in Time Square reopened after lockdown eased

Cineworld in Time Square reopened after lockdown eased

Revolut data shows spending on cultural activities such as going to the movies between May 17 and 23 was 68% lower than a normal week before the pandemic in Britain.

In Warrington, however, spending fell only 38%, with women aged 55 to 64 being the region’s biggest spenders.

Overall, residents spent slightly more on all activities during this period than they did the week before, including a 24 percent increase in transportation spending.

The UK Cinema Association said the opening weekend was the first to see more than a million admissions since March 2020.

Managing Director Phil Clapp said: ‘Only around three-quarters of UK cinema venues are now open, with many small venues unable to do so in a sustainable manner given the limits that social distancing requirements place on available capacity. .

“The extraordinary number of sold-out screenings reported over the past weekend is a clear indication that the sooner these restrictions can be safely relaxed, the sooner a full recovery of the industry can occur. ”


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