Christmas revenues in pubs, bars and restaurants are down nearly 80% year over year after venues closed due to a pandemic
- Pubs, bars and restaurants saw a slump between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day
- Total sales fell 79.4 percent and grocery sales fell 64 percent in the reporting period
- This month, 150,000 pub and restaurant jobs were at risk, according to UKHospitality
Pubs, bars and restaurants across the UK have seen a slump between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day compared to the same period last year when there were a number of closings during the holiday season.
Total revenue at the venues fell by almost 80 percent, while total revenue fell 79.4 percent during the three-day period compared to the previous year, figures from hotel management company S4Labour showed.
The survey, which used data from more than 2,000 restaurants and bars, also found that grocery sales fell 64 percent and beverage sales fell 84 percent.
Meanwhile, sales on Boxing Day fell 88 percent compared to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The blatant number comes from the toughest Tier 4 pubs and restaurants being forced to close their doors before Christmas after Boris Johnson canceled Christmas for 16.4 million people amid a new mutant coronavirus strain.
Revenue in pubs, bars and restaurants fell by almost 80 percent between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day compared to the same period last year. (Picture from a picture agency)
Richard Hartley, S4Labour's chief product officer, told The Guardian, "This unpredictable year has resulted in very suppressed Christmas sales due to the ever-increasing restrictions from Covid and it is unlikely to change for a while."
Earlier this month, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association that represents brewers and pubs, said the government's new tier restrictions were another blow to the industry.
The agency warned that a drop in pub sales could cost the industry £ 650 million if the government does not provide a larger package of financial assistance.
Responding to Health Secretary Matt Hancock's new restrictions, Emma McClarkin, executive director of the British Beer & Pub Association, said, “The virus update and related animal restrictions are today another blow to a sector that is already on its knees.
“It is clear that it will be the longest winter in the living memory of British pubs and brewers.
“If the government stops providing financial support to keep our pubs and the brewers they serve, a wave of business failure is inevitable in the New Year.
“We urgently need the Prime Minister to step on the plate and commit to an expanded package of measures for pubs and brewers.
The poll comes as the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) said the government's new tier restrictions are another blow to the industry. Pictured: a closed pub in London
Pubs, bars and restaurants had to close their doors before Christmas as infection rates increased. Image: A pub only offers food stalls in the London borough of Soho
“If the government acts now, they can still keep pubs and jobs safe by giving locals in England the support that those in Wales and Scotland receive. Without this, the outlook is very bleak indeed. & # 39;
This month pub industry bosses said UKHospitality put 150,000 jobs at risk after pubs and restaurants closed in London – and there are now fears about how long the closings will last.
It is because the UK recorded 41,385 cases of Covid today, the largest one-day increase since the pandemic began.
Health ministry chiefs today recorded 357 more deaths in Covid. However, the Monday and public holiday death toll is always affected by a delay in recording, meaning the daily numbers will inevitably spike later in the week.
Experts have warned the Prime Minister to take stricter measures, saying the number of Covid patients in NHS hospitals in England is "on track to surpass the first wave in the next few days and potentially hit 20,000 on New Years Eve" .
While hospital bosses have also urged the public not to celebrate on New Year's Day, gatherings fear the infections could rise again.
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