Read Visit Lincoln's response to the Government's announcements for the tourism industry this afternoon.

Tourism and hospitality businesses across Lincolnshire have been eagerly awaiting today’s announcement from Westminster, which has finally given the green light for areas of the sector to reopen.

Tourism and hospitality has been among the hardest hit sectors by the impact of COVID-19, with most businesses having to close their doors completely. As the UK eases out of lockdown tourism businesses still face major challenges as they adjust to a new way of operating, with many still unable to trade at full capacity. However the Governments announcements today has finally provided some light at the end of the tunnel; paving the way to restarting the tourism, hospitality and leisure sector.

Charlotte Goy, Interim CEO of Visit Lincoln comments:

“Today marks a really significant day for tourism across Lincolnshire. Over the past few months we have been working tirelessly towards this day, to ensure that businesses are properly represented and the viability of the sector reopening was properly understood by decision makers when drawing up the reopening policy and guidance. So to hear that many of our tourism and hospitality businesses will finally be able to reopen on 4th July is fantastic!”

“Now we must work with together to ensure that the protocols the Government announces are adopted and we present Lincolnshire as a destination people can once again enjoy in the knowledge that everything has been done to keep them and their families COVID-safe.

“It is imperative that we deliver a sensible, phased re-opening approach, working with businesses and local residents first and foremost. In order to ensure all businesses are COVID-secure we will continue to offer ‘peer to peer’ support sessions to all businesses working in tourism, hospitality and leisure and look forward to collaborating with Visit England. Our website Visit Lincoln.com will continue to be a valuable resource for all the latest industry advice and regulations, and we look forward to helping ‘roll out’ VisitEngland’s Quality Assurance Scheme in due course.

“Now we have more guidance we will focus on engaging with local residents, supporting our businesses as they get used to this new way of operating, and paving the way to a safe, responsible, phased approach to stimulate much needed revenue for businesses across Lincolnshire.”

For more information please visit www.visitlincoln.com  or www.visitengland.com