Visit Lincoln feeds into the national protocols, set out by UKHospitality, for the safe reopening of the visitor economy across the UK.

Industry leader UK Hospitality has published its first set of draft protocols aimed at supporting the safe reopening of hospitality across the country.

The draft guidelines have been put together based on the expertise of operational and Health and Safety specialists. The intention is to have it adopted by Government outlining how businesses can operate when the current restriction are lifted after 4th July 2020.

The protocol has been shared with sector stakeholders such as Visit Lincoln  for further development and feedback.

The guidelines include COVID-19 secure recommendations for hotels and accommodation providers, restaurants and casual dining, pubs and bars, night clubs, attractions, quick service, coffee shops, takeaways and food service management.

Visit Lincoln is sharing it with the tourism businesses that it works with, plus valued partners such as the City of Lincoln Council Lincolnshire County Council , the GLLEP  and the District Councils.

Talking about the draft protocols, Charlotte Goy Interim CEO of Visit Lincoln said the purpose of the documents was to provide guidance for businesses to devise their own plans that could be tailored to their individual sites – putting the emphasis on safe opening.

“The size and the diversity of the hospitality sector in Lincolnshire and the UK means that there is no-one-size-fits-all approach,” she said.

“As we work towards a phased re-opening we need to make sure residents and visitors feel confidence that the right measures have been put in place to keep them safe.

“I hope this ‘bottom up’ industry led protocol spearheaded by UK Hospitality will inform the Government’s own plans for full hospitality reopening.

“We have a community of outstanding Lincolnshire businesses and some will find that they are ahead of the curve and have already adopted the recommended measures, but there will also be ideas and best practice that perhaps they have not yet considered. Our aim is to help businesses find a common approach that customers come to understand and recognise. This will help build trust that will aid the best path for recovery.”

Simon Walters, Director for Communities and Environment, at City of Lincoln Council, said: “The visitor economy is incredibly important to Lincoln and plays a major part in putting our city on the map. It is a sector we need to protect and we must ensure that all the people working in that area, along with our visitors, are as secure as possible. This document will help guide businesses towards a safe re-opening and help staff and guests to feel they are in safe hands.”

Sarah Loftus, CEO at Lincoln BIG  added: “We are glad that guidelines are now coming through from the Government and that Lincoln BIG, the City Council and Visit Lincoln are working closely together to distribute and provide additional support and help for our members. Our planning goes beyond 2020 and will ensure an effective recovery for Lincoln and Lincolnshire.”