Pubs and restaurants to feel the brunt of new tier system
Pubs and restaurants will bear the brunt of a new covid tier system so that shops, cinemas and gyms can reopen under plans announced by Boris Johnson on Monday, The Daily Telegraph has reported.
The newspaper added: “Hospitality businesses in tier three will only be allowed to offer takeaways, while those in tier two will only be able to serve alcohol with “substantial meals”. The measures – which are significantly tougher than under the previous tier system – were described as “catastrophic” by pub chiefs on Sunday night, with a warning that one million jobs are now on the line. The Prime Minister(pictured) will announce a revised tier system that will replace the current lockdown on December 3. While there is bad news for pubs, other restrictions will be lighter than under the old tier system.
All shops will be allowed to open in all tiers, together with gyms and places of worship, while recreational sport, including golf, tennis and organised team sports can resume. Cinemas will be allowed to reopen in tiers one and two, and the advice to “work from home if you can” will remain across the country. An announcement will also be made on social mixing, with the “rule of six” expected to return in lower tiers and a ban on household mixing likely to be brought back in tier three. Johnson faces a growing Tory rebellion over the new measures after 70 backbench MPs said they would oppose them in a Parliamentary vote next week unless the government could show they “save more lives than they cost”. The Treasury will also come under intense pressure to provide more help for the hospitality industry after ministers were accused of using pubs and restaurants as a “sacrificial lamb” to save other sectors.”
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Leading nightclub operators will meet the business secretary this week in a last-ditch attempt to thrash out a potential lifeline for the beleaguered sector.
According to The Telegraph, bosses from Deltic Group, Fabric, Revolution Bars and Slug & Lettuce owner Stonegate Pub Company will meet Alok Sharma on Tuesday in the hope that the industry can secure a bailout following eight months of closure.
Peter Marks (pictured), chief executive of Deltic, which is the UK’s largest nightclub operator, said the industry has not been treated as a priority. “Every day you hear these announcements coming out from the government supporting this and supporting that and there’s still nothing for us, we’ve got crumbs.” Marks said the talks with Sharma were “crucial” in securing a buyer for the company. “I will have no problem getting one of these investor groups to back the business in the future if they know there is a safety net. If there isn’t, then chances are that this becomes just a bet, a punt,” he said.
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