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"Devastated" pub bosses are closing Tier 3 venues for Christmas


Christmas rules for bubbles versus pubs on England's plains

Different households mingle inside

  • Christmas bubble at home – YES
  • Tier 2 Pub – NO
  • Tier 3 Pub – NO (closed)

Different households mingle outdoors

  • Christmas bubble at home – YES
  • Tier 2 Pub – YES
  • Tier 3 Pub – NO (closed)

Wear a mask when walking around

  • Christmas bubble at home – NO
  • Tier 2 Pub – YES
  • Tier 3 Pub – NO (closed)

Alcohol without an essential meal

  • Christmas bubble at home – YES
  • Tier 2 Pub – NO
  • Tier 3 Pub – NO (closed)

Allowing people in the UK to congregate in "unregulated" houses over Christmas but banning mixing in pubs is making the industry "ridiculous," said an industry top figure today.

Emma McClarkin, executive director of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), told MPs that "the ban on actual mixing of households within our venues within the tiering system is absolutely devastating to the pub sector".

Speaking to the Committee on Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs, Ms. McClarkin said bringing people together is "what we do," adding, "We're a community center, a community center and we've invested millions to make us Covid-proof do."

She continued, "It actually mocks by forbidding us from allowing people to mingle and meet when the government has now put in place a Christmas schedule that allows them to do so in private, unregulated and unsafe environments in which all bets are closed. "

Meanwhile, Tim Martin, chairman of JD Wetherspoon, who has now opened fewer than 400 of its 875 pubs across the UK, warned today that the "New Year is a slaughter" for hospitality.

It comes when London, along with parts of Essex and Hertfordshire, entered the third stage at midnight, closing all pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues.

According to heads of the pub industry, 56,000 jobs are currently at risk in London. All 3,680 pubs in the capital are now closed, apart from a selection to take away. 8,000 of these jobs are affected by tier three.

UKHospitality said 150,000 jobs were at risk after London pubs and restaurants closed – and there are now fears about how long the closings will last.

The stricter Tier Two rules since the end of the second lockdown have also resulted in pubs in these areas experiencing high rents, often high debt and low income.

Analysis by real estate consultants Altus Group found that nearly 14,000 pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in the capital are now closed or restricted to take-away services, while more than 1,500 hotels and guest houses have also closed with limited exceptions.

The UK Cinema Association said more than 100 locations had to close while all West End theaters closed, although they didn't reopen until after the second lockdown.

People enjoy an al fresco meal in a pub in London's Soho district last night on the last day of Stage Two

According to the Tier 3 rules, hospitality establishments such as restaurants, pubs, cafes and cafes must sit near customers and can only offer a take-away service.

In Tier 2, people can go to the pub but only need to do so with other members of their household or the support bubble – although they can mingle with others outside.

Ms. McClarkin also asked how pubs keep people from mingling indoors, emphasizing, "We're customs officers, not cops."

She told the committee, "The vast majority I have to say are following these rules, and they are pubs and bar-goers."

& # 39; We absolutely support enforcement actions. If pubs break these rules, I think they should take action because they undo the absolutely brilliant job most pubs do, ”she added.

Kate Nicholls, UK Hospitality

Emma McClarkin, executive director of the British Beer and Pub Association

UKHospitality chief Kate Nicholls (left) and British Beer and Pub Association executive director Emma McClarkin (right) raised concerns about the long-term effects of closings

"We will inevitably rely on the information we receive from customers and their ability and desire to comply with the rules."

The next level review will be on December 23, a week earlier than a fortnightly review as previously promised by the government.

Mr. Martin told the Daily Telegraph: “The concern is that the government does not seem to be aware of the economic consequences of its actions.

“Aside from two remote areas, all of the pubs in the UK are practically closed, but about a third have opened as restaurants and will lose money as they weren't designed for that.

"The financial elasticity for hospitality is now stretched to the point of upheaval – the new year promises carnage."

Tim Martin (pictured in October), chairman of JD Wetherspoon, which now has fewer than 400 of its 875 pubs open, warned today that the "New Year promises a carnage" for hospitality

Tim Martin (pictured in October), chairman of JD Wetherspoon, which now has fewer than 400 of its 875 pubs open, warned today that the "New Year promises a carnage" for hospitality

Rishi Sunak is expected to reject a plea by London Mayor Sadiq Khan for a bailout for the hospitality industry after the capital was moved to Tier Three.

He called on the Chancellor to put in place a compensation system that guarantees that any loss of income for the Christmas season will be compensated on the basis of last year's returns.

However, the Treasury Department said Mr. Sunak had already announced that it would support hotel companies and that the funds offered would not be increased.

A source said: “We have provided £ 280 billion in assistance to this pandemic to help protect millions of jobs and businesses.

"The vacation program has been extended through March, and companies can apply for grants and government-guaranteed loans, as well as enjoy a VAT vacation and business rate relief."

The streets of London's Soho are being cleaned this morning after rubbish was left on them last night

The streets of London's Soho are being cleaned this morning after rubbish was left on them last night

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Monday that he had been forced to include London, along with parts of Essex and Hertfordshire, in Stage Three in an attempt to slow the "sharp, exponential surge" in coronavirus across all age groups.

Theater bosses said the new rules – which will also force them to close venues – would prove "devastating".

Mr. Khan said, “I don't want London to be in the third stage a day longer than necessary. I am very concerned about the negative impact that the additional restrictions will have on jobs and many companies that are already struggling to stay afloat.

“We now urgently need more government support for the hardest-hit industries, including hospitality, culture and leisure.

"It is vital that ministers urgently put in place a compensation system for any loss of income based on last year's returns for all companies affected by the further restrictions during this crucial festive period."

Revelers dance in the streets of Soho last night before London moves to the third stage

Revelers dance in the streets of Soho last night before London moves to the third stage

A senior minister said the government will press ahead with easing coronavirus restrictions over Christmas, although it will lead to an increase in the infection rate.

Community Secretary Robert Jenrick said it was up to people to make “personal judgment” about whether to meet with vulnerable family members during the holiday season.

He suggested that some people might decide to keep it small and postpone larger gatherings until spring, and said, "Easter can be the new Christmas."

Cabinet Minister Michael Gove opens talks on plans for up to three households to mingle with the leaders of the decentralized administrations between December 23 and 27.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak

London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Chancellor Rishi Sunak (left) is expected to reject a plea by London Mayor Sadiq Khan (right) for a bailout for the hotel industry after the capital has moved to the third stage

A UK government source has acknowledged that the four British nations may have different approaches but insisted that the law in England would not change.

Almost 10.8 million people live under the toughest restrictions as London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire move into Stage Three.

With 61 percent of the English population now living under the strictest of measures, ministers have had to formally review what levels are appropriate for each area.

A quick YouGov poll of 3,856 adults found that 57 percent thought the Christmas plans should be dropped and the current rules remain in place during the holiday season.

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