UKH: ‘Extremely low level of transmission in hospitality’

By James McAllister

- Last updated on GMT

UKH: ‘Extremely low level of Coronavirus transmission in hospitality’ restrictions curfew

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Trade body UKHospitality has renewed its calls for the Government to rethink the operating restrictions placed on businesses, after data showed an 'extremely low level' of transmission across the sector.

The UKHospitality survey, which covers 568 businesses across 12,522 venues and employing 358,000 people, reveals that in the 14 weeks since reopening, the sector has an employee infection rate of 0.48%, with just 1,728 cases registered from across approximately 20 million work shifts.

Meanwhile, operators reported that only 780 customers had been infected with the virus during the same period, translating to 0.06 customer infections per venue. 

It is estimated there have been 250 million customer visits in the premises surveyed across the 14 weeks, meaning the infection rate of all customer visits is 0.0003%.

Across this same cohort, the survey asked how many contacts had been received from the Test & Trace system.

The response rate was just 104 contacts, a tiny fraction of the 250 million customer visits.

UK Hospitality CEO Kate Nicholls said: “While there are different data available on infection rates, the data we have collected paints a picture of what we have seen and has been identified to the hospitality sector.

"This is that there is an extremely low level of transmission in the hospitality sector, confirming the view that measures specifically targeting the hospitality sector are unjustified and should be reconsidered.”

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