If you’ve been working in the hospitality industry before and during COVID-19, chances are you have a fantastic sense of humour, a tonne of patience and the best back up fake smile for those special kinds of guests. At least now that you’re having to wear a face mask, no one can see if you’re smiling or not!
Since so many hospitality professionals have managed to keep a sense of humour going through these tough times, we thought that it would be a great idea to look back at some of the memes we have seen this year and get them to tell the story of 2020 (so far).
We all started 2020 like any other year...
Then the world heard about the Coronavirus
And it had serious implications for all of us in the industry
People started to get quarantined, sometimes in pretty unusual circumstances
And those who were still on holiday got to experience a new look in holiday snapshots
Then the panic started
And people were asked to work from home
This meant our amazing industry ground to an abrupt halt as travel plans were cancelled
Reception teams could perfect the art of …
Some properties managed to keep their doors open for essential workers
Meanwhile, marketing teams were strategising about what to do when lockdowns lifted
Places opened up for takeaways so they could have at least some form of revenue coming in
Meanwhile, travellers sat at home thinking should they book now or …?
Finally, hospitality businesses started to open again – with restrictions in place
Me: Don't do it— Simon Delaney (@SimonDelaneyEsq) August 5, 2020
Brain: Touching hands
Me: Stop it!
Brain: Reaching out...
Me: No, no, NO! You'll get us thrown out. pic.twitter.com/uAZgR0vV3O
As an industry, though, we did realise
We may still face uncertain times ahead while we wait for international borders to open and we start to get back to normal occupancy rates, but, as an industry we stick together and make the best of every situation. I am so proud to be part of the hospitality industry!