It’s hard to believe that we’re already talking about the potential effects of Covid 19 in winter 2022, but here we are. The hospitality industry is understandably worried about how the virus will affect their business. Will people be too afraid to travel? Will hotels and restaurants be forced to close their doors? Only time will tell, but it’s important to stay informed and prepared for whatever might happen. In this article, we’ll take a look at what we know about Covid 19, how the virus was managed at it’s previous peaks and what we might expect this winter.
The hospitality industry in the UK was hard hit by the Covid pandemic, with many businesses forced to close their doors for extended periods of time. The lockdown measures put in place by the government in March 2020 resulted in a significant drop in footfall for hospitality businesses, as well as a decrease in bookings and functions. As a result, many hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes had to lay off staff or close altogether.
Will COVID-19 cases rise in Winter 2022?
There is no definitive answer to whether or not covid-19 will come back in winter 2022. However, there are several factors that could contribute to its return. For one, the virus may become more prevalent in colder temperatures as some studies have shown.
Additionally, new strains of the virus could emerge that are more resistant to existing treatments and vaccines. Many people have now had booster injections which will hopefully add an additional layer of protection but some studies have shown that increased number of injections speeds up genetic mutation of virus’.
Finally, people may let their guard down as the pandemic appears to be waning, making them more susceptible to infection. As the weather gets colder and people spend more time indoors, some experts have expressed concerned that covid-19 will spread more easily.
Only time will tell if covid-19 will make a comeback in winter 2022.
COVID-19 Risk Assessment and safety measures
Hospitality businesses were required to conduct a covid-19 risk assessment in order to comply with UK Government guidelines. This assessment involved identifying the risks associated with covid-19 and putting in place measures to mitigate those risks. Hospitality businesses were required to consider a range of factors, including the type of business, the nature of the premises, the type of customers, and the number of staff. The aim was to ensure that hospitality businesses could operate safely during the pandemic and protect both customers and employees. Hospitality businesses that failed to conduct a risk assessment or put in place adequate measures could face enforcement action from the authorities.
These measures included things such as regular deep cleaning of all surfaces, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and the implementation of social distancing guidelines. In addition, many hospitality businesses introduced contactless payment methods to reduce the risk of transmission.
How to prepare for COVID-19 in Winter 2022
There are some things that businesses can do to prepare for the winter months. First, it’s important to make sure that you have a good understanding of the latest guidance from the government and health authorities. This will help you to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to protect your staff and customers. Keep up to date with latest guidance here.
It’s also a good idea to have a contingency plan in place in case you need to close your business for a period of time. This could include things like working from home arrangements if possible and diversifying now into home delivery or takeaway.
Think about how you will communicate with your customers if your processes are going to change. It is likely that many people will still be hesitant to travel, so it is crucial to reassure them that your business is taking all the necessary precautions. This could involve sending out regular updates about your covid safety measures, as well as highlighting any awards or recognition that your business has received for its efforts.
By taking these steps, businesses in the hospitality industry can begin to prepare for covid in winter 2022. With careful planning and execution, they can ensure that their customers and employees stay safe, while also helping to rebuild confidence in the industry as a whole.
Finally, it’s important to remember that the hospitality industry is resilient. We’ve been through a lot over the last few years and we’ll get through this too. By working together and preparing for the winter, we can make sure that our businesses are ready to weather the storm.