UK: HTA reacts to new December tier arrangements

Reacting to the news yesterdy that England will be returning to regional tiered approach from 2 December, HTA Director of Policy and Communications, James Clark, said: “It’s good news that garden centres can continue to operate as well as growers and landscapers. Together they form an important industry which contributes to the wider economy."

“However, though we recognise the need for some level of restrictions until this virus is brought under control, the revised system is bad news for members in tier three areas, who won’t be able to open their cafes or restaurants."

“Hospitality represents between 15 and 20% of turnover for garden centres with cafés or restaurants and our members have spent considerable time and money on making their catering premises and procedures covid-secure. We believe a smart approach to closing hospitality – one which considered levels of risk – would be a fairer way to protect both the people and the economy from the pandemic.” 

 
 
For more information:
Horticultural Trades Association
Horticulture House
19 High Street
Theale
Reading
West Berkshire
RG7 5AH
T: +44 (0)118 930 3132
Fax: +44 (0)118 932 3453
NGGV: +44 (0)118 930 2092
www.the-hta.org.uk

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