A county-wide campaign is underway in Devon to encourage people working in the hospitality industry to have the Covid-19 vaccination following an increase in cases among young people working in the sector.
Visit Devon and the NHS are advising local businesses to support their staff to take up the vaccination to ensure a safe working environment, to give visitors confidence during their stay in Devon and to lessen the spread of the virus.
Visit Devon director Sally Everton said: “The last 16 months have been incredibly tough for the hospitality industry and staffing remains a constant pressure. Our businesses can’t afford to have further closures due to Covid-19 outbreaks among staff. We urge everyone working within our local hospitality businesses to have the vaccine to protect themselves, their colleagues, their customers and the businesses themselves.
“We’re also asking employers to support their staff to have the vaccine, either by having time off for the jab itself or if they feel unwell due to side effects.”
Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines, who has two hospitality businesses in Devon, Lympstone Manor and Mickey’s Beach Bar and Restaurant, is supporting the campaign.
Michael comments: “As one of the sectors that have been most effected by coronavirus it is imperative that our employees get vaccinated to protect their colleagues and our guests to stop the spread of coronavirus.
“With the potential relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions it is even more so important at this crucial time for our industry to be responsive to the vaccination programme to ensure the continuing reopening of the economy, our industry and the return to normality.”
All adults are now eligible for the vaccine.