Update Of Government Guildelines And Opening Dates.
BABTAC Member Update ref Government guidelines and finalised opening dates.
We are well aware that time is marching on and all of you are understandably anxious to have a confirmed final opening date and guidelines from government as soon as possible.
We have chased Government & the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) up on this daily and regret to announce that as of last night they still cannot give us a final date as to when our industry will definitely be able to return, or when their guidelines will be published.
Understandably Government must hold off this decision for as long as possible to ensure that the R rate does remain below 1 so they do not end up having to retract a date they have confirmed, which could cause even more difficulties for everyone.
It is a very fine balancing act between giving our industry enough time to prepare to open and ensuring the date they give don't then change.
We know this is very unsatisfactory and share your frustrations but with a situation as fluid, unprecedented and changeable as the one we find ourselves we have to believe government are doing their very best and will release their long awaited final guidelines and confirm our opening date as soon as legitimately possible.