The fear of the SARS-Cov-2 virus’s Omicron variant has caused chaos. According to sources, many people are considering canceling their reservations due to panic.
Damian Wawrzyniak, an award-winning chef, is one of many in the hospitality industry who reported that nearly 20 Christmas parties were canceled over the weekend. Clients were uncertain what might eventuate within a few weeks, so they decided to cancel. He is now worried about the impact of the Omicron variant of coronavirus on his business.
The anxiety of the Omicron variant being discovered in South Africa has put the hospitality business in jeopardy. Due to the lockdown, many pubs, hotels, and restaurants were closed last year.
Just after the introduction of a new Covid variant, a corporate reservation for a private dining experience was made at Sam Morgan’s restaurants’ Craft and 8 but was eventually canceled on Monday.
They reserved a table for 12 people but later informed the restaurant that their policy would have changed and that they would look to rebook in January.
Restaurants buy fresh fruits and vegetables in advance of large reservations, but Mr. Morgan predicts that “that food will now end up in the bin” due to a lack of replacement options.
Mr. Morgan sees it as a challenge. He also stated that they are fighting a losing battle right now. They’re in so much debt that they’re about to drown.
Due to the pandemic, Dave Critchley, chef and owner of Lu Ban restaurant in Liverpool, says his newly-opened establishment has never seen a “solid, full December.”
Christian Burns, who owns five pubs in Bishop Auckland, including The Merry Monk and The Reading Rooms, described the lockdown and customer nerves as a nightmare. This should be the busiest time of the year, but based on current patterns, they are also witnessing a decrease in requests for information. People are worried, and whenever they are anxious, they do not go to the pub or eat out.
The prospect of another year of restrictions has many people wondering if their business can withstand another round. Another round of hospital closures would be disastrous for the industry.