A NEW petition has been launched calling on the government to introduce a Covid recovery visa for the hospitality sector.
The petition was launched by the Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats, including Layla Moran, who has previously called for the introduction of the visa during Prime Minister’s Questions, said the hospitality industry “has been hit by a triple whammy “from Brexit, the points-based immigration system and the government’s handling of the pandemic.
The MP warned that without intervention, many local businesses would face closure in the coming months.
The online petition points out that a Covid recovery visa would help recruit hotel staff from outside the UK. There are fears that if the hospitality industry remains understaffed, many pubs and restaurants will not be able to work at full capacity even after lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
MP Layla Moran said, “The crisis facing our hospitality industry is a problem entirely of government. Their botched Brexit, damaging points-based immigration system and handling of the pandemic mean hotels, bars, restaurants and more will no longer be able to open next week. As a result, many are threatened with closure. ”
She added: “The sector needs government support if it is to make the most of this summer season. Urgent intervention is needed to recruit the manpower they desperately need. I was disappointed that the Prime Minister rejected these appeals a few weeks ago. ”
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