Exemption for Hotels, Hostels and B&Bs to Open for Key Workers and the Homeless

Exemption for Hotels, Hostels and B&Bs to Open for Key Workers and the Homeless

Letter regarding the exemption for hotels, hostels and B&Bs to open so they can offer accommodation to key workers and support rough sleepers to keep them off the streets and in suitable accommodation.

COVID-19: hotel accommodation to support key workers and vulnerable people

Letter regarding the exemption for hotels, hostels and B&Bs to open so they can offer accommodation to key workers and support rough sleepers to keep them off the streets and in suitable accommodation.

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Letter from the Minister for Local Government and Homelessness, Luke Hall, to hotel chief executives regarding the exemption for hotels, hostels and B&Bs to open so as to offer accommodation to support key workers and vulnerable people.

As part of the measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, certain businesses, including retail selling non-essential goods, and other venues must close. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs going about normal business are included.

However there are exceptions, such as providing accommodation to key workers and vulnerable people. Where hotels, hostels, and B&Bs are providing rooms to support homeless people, through arrangements with local authorities and other public bodies, they should remain open. Rooms may also be provided to frontline homelessness workers who are included in the key worker category.

The guidance, has been updated to make these exceptions clear.

 

Luke Hall MP
Minister for Local Government and Homelessness
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local
Government
Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF
Tel: 0303 444 3460
Email: luke.hall@communities.gov.uk
www.gov.uk/mhclg

24th March 2020

Dear Colleague,

I welcomed the opportunity to speak with many of you at a meeting that was chaired by my colleague Nigel Huddleston MP last week regarding how we can use hotel accommodation to support our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. I am extremely grateful for those who have been able to offer accommodation to support rough sleepers off the streets or into more suitable accommodation.

Yesterday the Government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. These are vitally important steps to encourage people to stay at home, and in doing so protect the NHS and save lives. As part of this package certain businesses, including retail selling nonessential goods, and other venues must close. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs going about normal business are included.

However there are exceptions, such as providing accommodation to key workers and vulnerable people. In particular, I want to make clear that where hotels, hostels, and B&Bs are providing rooms to support homeless people, through arrangements with local authorities and other public bodies, they should remain open. Rooms may also be provided to frontline homelessness workers who are included in the key worker category.

The guidance, available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-advice-foraccommodation-providers, has been updated to make these exceptions clear.

If you have closed services for homeless people today as a result of the measures announced this week, I would be very grateful if you could reverse these decisions as soon as possible.

Thank you very much for everything you are doing to save lives and provide care for some of the most vulnerable in our society.

Yours ever,

Luke Hall

 

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