"This week’s ‘roadmap’ has finally set out a timeline for the re-opening of hospitality. And while the government has taken a cautious approach – not least with most accommodation and indoor service for pubs and restaurants opening no earlier than 17 May - it has at last given the sector dates to work with, after months of second guessing.
With the clouds clearing, news that self-catering is to re-open from 12 April onwards prompted a surge of holiday searches within hours of the Prime Minister’s announcement. And since we are not likely to know how inbound or outbound travel is likely to be facilitated before April, forecasters are widely predicting a strong year for staycations, a move which will accelerate a much-needed route to recovery.
But what is the true picture for coastal tourism businesses and what help is needed?"