Hospitality boss warns working from home is devastating the sector

The government’s working from home guidance – not Omicron – is the main issue crippling the hospitality sector and has seen some venues suffer a 60% loss in bookings, a restaurant boss said today. 

Ministers are coming under intense pressure to remove the policy following fresh evidence the latest Covid wave is subsiding.  

Alastair Storey, CEO of Westbury Street Holdings, which has around 19,000 employees at its restaurants including the chain Benugo, said he expected ‘a very rapid recovery’ if workers are allowed to return to the office. 

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘Although we’ve got a five per cent rate of absence the real problem is the lack of footfall. 

‘If you look at city centres and travel locations you’ll see footfall is well down, and that’s a big challenge for the whole hospitality sector. 

‘We’ve got great staff ready to go. Clearly, the booster programme has had a positive effect and it’s good to see the restrictions are easing. 

‘When we see people…

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