‘Give leisure and tourism business greater guidance’

Lancashire’s leisure and tourism businesses need guidance on how they can safely reopen their premises to much-needed customers.

Jamie Griffiths, Content Director for regional radio station, Smooth Radio North West, said the sector still required “greater clarity” on when and how they will be allowed to reopen as restrictions put in place to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic are eased.

A study by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) showed that 83 per cent of its members said they were aware of the Government guidelines on the gradual reopening of the economy.

Smooth Radio North West is sponsoring the Leisure and Tourism Business of the Year category at the Be Inspired Business Awards, The BIBAs, which is open for applications until the end of July.

Mr Griffiths said: “The leisure and tourism sector is all about being up close and personal with the public and in the current environment that requires a lot more detailed thinking than some other sectors of the economy.

“We know that businesses will not reopen before July at the earliest, but as the economy does begin to reopen there needs to be sustained support as we navigate the ‘new normal’.

“There are a lot of support schemes out there which are most welcome and these will need to be adapted and updated and certainly not withdrawn prematurely.”

The BCC study showed just over a third of respondents said they could fully restart operations by implementing the government guidance, while 45 per cent said they could do so partially.

However due to social distancing guidelines, it is likely that many firms will see a reduction in demand and will not be able to restart at full capacity.

The BIBAs has 20 prize categories available for businesses in Lancashire with applications being received until July 31, a deadline extended to allow firms to deal with the impact of the lockdown restrictions.

The awards has also delayed its prize-giving ceremony until Friday, December 11, when it is scheduled to welcome guests to the Tower Ballroom at the Blackpool Tower.

A spokesman for the awards’ organisers, the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said it would be “keeping a close eye on health guidelines” and making whatever changes were necessary to ensure the safety of all guests.

For further details on The BIBAs, visit the official awards’ website at thebibas.dev.test.

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