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Anyone who works in the leisure industry (restaurants, cinemas etc)

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DaisylovesDonald Wed 22-Apr-20 10:43:59

How are your company’s doing and have they given you any idea of when they’re hoping to reopen?

Dh is fairly senior in a smallish company (restaurant chain) and they are working towards mid/late June as are several other companies he knows in the same area. This is obviously on the basis of implementing many social distancing measures, not just opening as normal. Just wondered what was happening elsewhere.

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DaisylovesDonald Wed 22-Apr-20 19:12:33

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DaisylovesDonald Thu 23-Apr-20 09:43:21

Anyone out there?

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Unihorn Thu 23-Apr-20 09:45:26

I work for a chain. We'll be doing click an collect in late May I think but no further updates yet. No good for me if schools/nurseries don't open though!

swapsicles Thu 23-Apr-20 09:49:36

I'm job hunting, I work within a large hotel, how they will social distance, keep up with the constant cleaning and even get the guests wanting to stay in the shirt term. I've no idea!
Think they will be amongst the last to reopen, can I really be furloughed long term?

Laniakea Thu 23-Apr-20 09:50:29

My dd (hotel/restaurant/club) has been officially told they won’t be back before July but unofficially that they are expecting to have no summer season (where they make all their money) and it’s looking increasingly bad for the build up towards Christmas.

They are still doing delivery but it’s a tiny part of their business & 90% of staff are furloughed.

Mummiepig Thu 23-Apr-20 10:47:16

I worked in non essential retail, got made redundant last week, company has gone into liquidation

perniciousdot Thu 23-Apr-20 10:51:55

Things are beginning to open already.

B&Q have opened about 60 stores. Costa are opening 2 drive thru and 2 stores for delivery tomorrow. It's only a matter of time before others follow suit.

DuLANGDuLANGDuLANG Thu 23-Apr-20 11:12:28

I teach swing dance to adults. We usually use a room in a beautifully refurbished historic hotel (part of a small chain). Genuinely concerned as to whether it will survive, the refurb must’ve cost a fortune. I expect all the hotel staff are furloughed though, so at least they have some income.

Globally this will change our dance community for many, many years. A massive 5 week festival in Sweden has been cancelled for the first time in its 38 year history. Top teachers travel internationally and so do many students, with many more travelling nationally multiple times a year.

We’ll be OK down at the local level (although we’ll be one of the last activities to resume because a partnered social dance class literally means touching the hands of 30 plus strangers) because we aren’t reliant on it for sole income and can build back up from the bottom if necessary.

It’s very sad that a dance that has been around since the 1930s, with an international community behind it, is having to go dormant in this way. It will change everything really, as even when this virus is no longer a threat, there will always be the worry of another global pandemic.

Still, change doesn’t have to be all bad, so I am sure we will grow and develop in different ways to before, with more focus on local and smaller scale national events.

(Replying to this thread has reminded me to check in with our South Korean counterparts, so thanks for the prompt!)

mollypuss1 Thu 23-Apr-20 11:19:14

I work in events (festivals) and I’d be suprised if many survive into next year. The cost of staging these events often runs into millions and most insurances are not paying out. Many people have lost everything they’ve worked for and spent years building up, but hey, according to some on here they can always just go pick fruit instead.

EmmaStone Thu 23-Apr-20 11:59:08

I work in TV production. The only things that can be made at the moment are phone-shot video diaries pretty much. Personally, I don't particularly want to watch other people in lockdown, I want escapism. There will be no new escapism shows for a LONG time.

Most of our staff are furloughed, with those still working in more of admin/managerial roles. These staff have been asked to take a percentage drop in pay until we're back up and running as normal. Hopefully there will then be a boom as broadcasters scramble for content. But because ad revenue has plumetted, I don't know how much money they'll have to spend on shows (BBC aside).

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