The recent Government downgrading of the UK COVID-19 Alert Level from level 4 to 3 has paved the way for the further relaxation of the current COVID-19 restrictions. Whilst this does not signal the end of social distancing measures or the end of the pandemic, it has allowed the wider opening of restaurants, hotels and other parts of the hospitality industry in line with the Government timetable of the 4th July.
Some parts of the food industry and hospitality of course have remained open during the last few months. In the case of hospitality many businesses have transitioned to takeaway, online or other permitted activities. Generally, the food sector has shown itself to be resilient, innovative and trustworthy in a uniquely challenging period. Food retailers promptly brought in practical and visible precautions to safeguard their customers, staff and supply chains. Many retailers and hospitality businesses which had remained open also took a range of actions to help and better serve their communities.