The South Australian Centre for Economic Studies has released a report on the impact of Omicron and summer 2021/22 COVID-19 Restrictions on the hotel and hospitality industry.
As an industry reliant on close social contact to facilitate economic activity, the hospitality industry has been hit harder than most by the social distancing, lockdowns and activity restrictions that have come to characterise the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to limit the spread of the omicron variant the South Australian Government introduced activity restrictions for the hospitality sector from midnight 26 December 2021. These measures comprised density limits of ¼ density for indoor seating, ½ density for outdoor seating, and seated food and beverage consumption only (i.e. no stand-up private functions).
In order to better understand the economic impact of the omicron wave and latest round of restrictions on the hotels sector, the South Australian branch of the Australian Hotels Association commissioned the SA Centre for Economic Studies to undertake a survey of hotels to ascertain their experiences to date.
Please view the full report below.