Arcades need more clarity on opening, especially arcades that sit within other venues

Anne Ackord Brighton Pier Group Roadmap to recovery
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For a pier operator, the government’s roadmap is a maze. Can arcades on Brighton Pier open or not, for example? A simple question, but there’s nothing simple for the industry under current reopening guidelines as BPG chief executive Anne Ackord notes. All she wants is no u turns – “we’ve had too many of those”.

 

Does the government’s roadmap provide you with a clear path for a return to business?

It’s not clear enough as there are various reviews that may alter decisions and last minute changes to plans are costly.

We’ve had too many of those u-turns already for example, Christmas.

What’s missing from the roadmap for your business?

Missing is clarity on arcades opening, arcades that sit within other businesses for example.

Theme parks can open, can arcades within them open?

Why not arcades if shops can open?

There’s likely to be more people in most shops than in arcades.

Hospitality is very good at Covid safety measures as we know. If there’s a long delay before eating and drinking inside comes into effect, that will be the final straw for some operators, particularly family run and small businesses that have been hanging on by the skin of their teeth.

The night time economy has been ignored for so long. If it’s opening in June then what safety measures will be necessary? We need to plan.

We have the budget this week, what does the chancellor need to do to make the roadmap work for you?

The rents situation for many is critical, masses of debt is piling up for some. We need rates relief, furlough continuing as long as necessary, and the VAT cut to be permanent.


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