Like most organisations the WSTA is watching and following the government’s regularly updated advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19), which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.
LATEST: The government Coronavirus Business Support Hub can be found here – https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/
While it would not be appropriate to offer public health advice, the WSTA will be doing everything within its power to support members and the hospitality sector in dealing with the effects of COVID-19.
Weekly COVID-19 update and live q+a webinar: Member-only, register via the WSTA events hub here
The Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has already impacted businesses in the wine and spirit, and particularly hospitality, sector. It is imperative that the WSTA has clear industry asks to Government and the necessary evidence to back up those asks.
The WSTA has created a survey in which it is asking members and the wider industry to complete to find out how businesses are impacted and how we can help. The survey can be found here : https://www.wsta.co.uk/archives/guides-publication/wsta-member-survey-covid-19-impact
The WSTA office remains open, but most staff are working from home – something which WSTA trialled last week in expectation of a need to work from home in the coming weeks.
We will be reviewing all events, committees or working groups, but members should expect no change in the level of service, effort or friendliness from the WSTA team! Please rest assured that the WSTA will continue its work in other areas – such as post-Brexit trading arrangements (VI-1 import certificates, access to EMCS), the review of alcohol taxation or Deposit Return Schemes – on which we will continue to communicate separately from any COVID-19 work.
You can contact us on the usual numbers and email addresses. As ever, we are here to help…