All visitors welcome to the South West

Jo Edwards, Head of Colliers International’s Bristol Office.

The Government’s announcement that pubs, restaurants, hotels, B&Bs, theme parks and galleries will be able to reopen on July 4, 2020, has been welcomed by Jo Edwards, head of global real estate advisory firm Colliers International’s Bristol Office.

“After many weeks of uncertainty this is a welcome relief for businesses that they are able to reopen ahead of the peak summer season. The local economies of Devon, Cornwall, The Cotswolds and Dorset rely heavily on tourism, while Bristol and Bath’s hospitality sector will be significantly boosted by the reduction of social distancing measures to 1m+, helping to make reopening a more viable prospect.

“With many people looking to enjoy a staycation rather than a holiday abroad this year, we expect there will be many looking to visit this beautiful part of the country and provide a vital boost to the local economy – we must all ensure that measures are in place to protect staff and customers so we’re ready to welcome visitors again from July 4.”