Coronavirus puts Jersey's hospitality jobs under threat

Businesses with vacancies in Jersey are being urged to take on workers who lose their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Head of Jersey's Hospitality Association, Simon Soar says people are already being made redundant, and companies need to help each other out.

Some of those at risk in hospitality industry are already being offered temporary work in other sectors that are seeing high demand.

Jersey Hospitality Association along with GR8 recruitment have set up a scheme to put employers and the workers at risk in touch with companies that need them.

The aim is to prevent the closure of some tourism businesses by reducing their staffing overheads.

Simon Soar, Jersey Hospitality Chief Executive, says businesses have 'no choice but to make staff redundant' Credit: ITV Channel TV

Measures put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus are having a knock on effect, with fewer hotel reservations, little tourism and less restaurant bookings.

The scheme would see hospitality staff getting temporary secondments with businesses that are seeing some staff isolating or could see an increase in demand - such as in the retail and care industries.

It is hoped the staff will then be able to return to work in the hospitality sector when it recovers.