Some of the leaders of the island’s hospitality sector have praised the support and trust shown by the Manx public since the start of the pandemic.
During a press conference today organised by the Licensed Victuallers Association and the Restaurateurs Association, business owners outlined their struggles during the Covid pandemic and called on gov to provide support to the industry or risk see businesses closed and people out of work.
However, while they called on the gov to give them more support, all of the owners took time to thank the Manx public for the support and faith shown in the industry since the start of the pandemic, whether that was through ordering take aways during lockdown or returning to restaurants, bars and cafes once restrictions were lifted.
In a statement released by the LVA and the Restaurateurs Association, Andy Gibbs owner of Jaks and Barbary Coast, said: ‘Local businesses in hospitality, leisure and retail are so grateful to the people of the Isle of Man for their amazing support over the last year. Without this many would not be here today.
‘We are committed to supporting, developing and growing the quality of life, enjoyment and wellbeing of residents. However, without support from government to help us all re-balance our businesses, this will be a struggle, whether a two employee operator or a large business like ours.’