As we continue with life in lockdown, it’s important that we see how different aspects of the Bristol community have been affected. In particular, the hospitality sector will have taken a huge hit. In this blog, we’ll be taking a look at what the lockdown has done to different businesses and how they have adapted to the restrictions in place during the pandemic.
With eating out being shut down, it’s been a difficult time for restaurants but there have been efforts to promote these places of hospitality. Bristol Live has launched its campaign ‘Big up Bristol’ to help these businesses in such difficult times of uncertainty.
Check out this article by Bristol Post which highlights some of the best independent restaurants in the city such as Fi Real and Bombolini.
Restaurants are utilizing delivery in order to make sure that their food continues to be served to their customers. However, when the lockdown eventually comes to an end, they’ll be relying on customers to return for the sorely missed experience of dining out. For now, restaurants have been aiming to make it through the lockdown period. Organisations such as the Bristol Food Union have been working hard to help, by promoting Bristol’s independent restaurant scene.
Another area that has been significantly affected by the restrictions of lockdown is the film industry. People aren’t able to go to the cinema and watch films in the tier 3 system which has obviously made it difficult for these kinds of businesses to continue running. Watershed, however, have certainly adapted to this by making use of streaming services to good effect; the public can watch Watershed films on demand by renting them. Here are some of the films that they are streaming online.
The legendary theatre, Bristol Old Vic, also had to find ways of overcoming the trials of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like the Watershed, the Old Vic also uses streaming as a way of maintaining its contact with the public; giving people the opportunity to watch the top-quality events from the comfort of their own homes. Check out their ‘at home’ section on the website to see what shows are coming up. It’s great to see that the theatre has really made use of streaming; bringing some sense of normality to theatre-goers in these trying times.
St George’s Hall
Similar to the Bristol Old Vic, St George’s Hall has utilized the live streaming platform to make sure people can still watch performances. Obviously, the experience isn’t the same as being there in person but I think that it is definitely a creative way of keeping people entertained.
Overall, the use of live streaming has been very successful and effective. As I said earlier, even though I don’t think it will be used as often in a post-pandemic world, it’ll be interesting to see if people opt to make more use of online streaming for experiences.