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Figures show that despite harmful restrictions, the hotel industry only accounts for 3% of cases


The hospitality industry is facing "extremely harmful" Covid-19 restrictions … however, figures show that they only make up 3% of cases

  • Figures show that only 128 out of 4,687 breakouts across England are bar-associated
  • Industry leaders say action against hotel companies is "extremely poor"
  • The government made no reference to £ 500mn measures to keep pubs safe

In the month leading up to the second lockdown, eateries with "extremely harmful" restrictions accounted for less than 3 percent of coronavirus outbreaks – one region reported only one incident.

Public Health England figures show that only 128 out of 4,687 outbreaks across England were associated with bars, cafes, pubs and restaurants in the four weeks ended October.

Last night, angry industry leaders said the numbers showed the evidence of punitive action against the hospitality industry is "extremely poor and incredibly thin."

Restaurants with "extremely harmful" restrictions accounted for less than 3 percent of coronavirus outbreaks in the month before the second lockdown (archive image)

A pub industry boss said: “You have lost all credibility.

& # 39; The evidence clearly shows that the hospitality industry is not a factor in the spread of the disease. PHE's own analysis confirms this. & # 39;

Separately, a government paper released in late November justifying restrictions on hospitality referred to studies in Southeast Asia, but did not assess the £ 500million measures being taken by UK venues to get Covid-proof.

Emma McClarkin, executive director of the British Beer and Pub Association, said, “This so-called evidence is extremely bad and incredibly thin.

"It is ridiculous to compare British pubs to South Korean nightclubs."

Simon Emeny, General Manager of Fuller, said: "The government has decided to sacrifice the hospitality sector so that other sectors can open without scientific justification."

Public Health England figures show that only 128 out of 4,687 outbreaks across England were linked to bars in the four weeks ended October (archive image)

Public Health England figures show that only 128 out of 4,687 outbreaks across England were linked to bars in the four weeks ended October (archive image)

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