London's normally busy streets stand empty with the once thriving bars and restaurants abandoned on the first day of the capital's new Tier 2 lockdown.
Covent Garden restaurants that are usually busy with visitors are standing empty due to new restrictions to halt the surge in coronavirus cases.
London has been placed under Tier 2 restrictions, meaning it is forbidden to meet people who live indoors in other households, after a rapid surge in infections in many districts of the city.
The venues can continue to operate, but pubs and restaurants must ensure that customers are only seated eating and drinking and they must close at 10 p.m.
Industry leaders have warned that this weekend alone, 200,000 London hoteliers will lose their jobs if companies close their doors.
UKHospitality general manager Kate Nicholls said the industry's worst fears were confirmed as cancellations rose and revenues fell dramatically.
Ms. Nicholls said revenue at bars and restaurants in central London has fallen 85% as fewer people went to venues under new restrictions.
She said: & # 39; Day one of Tier 2 restrictions confirmed hospitality’s worst fears with a 50% increase in cancellations and a decrease in appointment bookings.
& # 39; Venues across the capital saw significantly lower attendance, meaning central London revenue fell by 85%.
Covent Garden restaurants that are usually full of visitors are now empty due to new restrictions to halt the surge in coronavirus cases
London has been placed under Tier 2 level restrictions after a rapid surge in infections in many districts of the city, leaving the venues deserted
Almost a third of restaurants and pubs in England will be affected by the tougher curbs introduced – more than 8,500 venues and 5,000 pubs
Socially distant outdoor mingling is allowed for groups of up to six, but venues across the city were abandoned on the first day of Tier 2 restrictions
Local infection rates are used to divide parts of the country into one of three categories that determine the restrictions in place in the area under the plan
"This is clearly unsustainable, and companies in London are now planning to close their doors and shut down their sites with projections of up to 200,000 job losses unless the expanded JSS is extended."
Ms Nicholls has campaigned for the 'Workplace Support Program' which requires employers to spit off 55 percent of staff wages, forego employer contributions, and for Tier 3 funding for all hospitality venues where venues affected by closings £ can receive 3,000 placement grants.
Under the new guidelines, people from different households in London, Essex, York and parts of Derbyshire will not be able to mix indoors, even in restaurants.
Socially distant mixing outdoors is permitted for groups of up to six people. This means that people from different households have to meet in beer gardens or in restaurants with outdoor seating.
Ms. Nicholls said, “Entering Tier 2 is a bane for businesses. They will be trapped in a no man's land where they are open, but with strict restrictions that seriously affect the habit while not being able to access the job support available in Tier 3. This is the worst of both worlds for business.
& # 39; London venues have already taken a hit due to the slump in inbound tourism and the increase in the number of people working from home.
Covent Garden restaurants are usually full of visitors before the Tier 2 restrictions (see picture), which means people from different households cannot meet indoors
There were already restrictions in busy bars and restaurants in the capital, such as the 10pm curfew, before Tier 2 was introduced
Wetherspoon boss breaks curfew at 10 p.m. after chain suffered a £ 105 million loss
By Mark Duell for MailOnline
Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin reiterated his attack on the government today after the pub chain suffered a £ 105 million loss after a 30 percent drop in sales.
Mr Martin said it was unfair for pubs to be treated harder than supermarkets as he found sales had fallen from £ 1.82 billion to £ 1.26 billion by July 26, 2020.
He released the company's belated results, adding that the UK should adopt the Swedish pandemic model in order for its pubs to reopen properly. This system emphasized "social distancing, hygiene and trust in people".
The company also announced a further 108 job cuts at its headquarters, after previously announcing it would cut up to 130 jobs at its headquarters and up to 450 jobs on airport concessions.
Quoting 1989 businessman Warren Buffett, Mr. Martin said governments around the world had based their lockdown decisions on "deeply flawed analysis."
He claimed the Swedish professor Johan Giesecke was the epidemiological equivalent and Britain should follow suit so that Wetherspoon pubs could reopen.
"Moving to Tier 2 will now be disastrous for some of them and won't get worse in less than two weeks at the end of the vacation program."
The revelers made the most of their last weekend night and took to the streets of London to enjoy bars and restaurants before the restrictions.
Almost a third of restaurants and pubs in England will be affected by the tougher curbs introduced – more than 8,500 venues and 5,000 pubs.
Pubs that serve very little food are expected to have suffered the most from the pandemic as they did not benefit from the “Eat Out to Help Out” program, which reduced food VAT.
Industry leaders previously estimated that 300,000 hospitality jobs would be lost if the government didn't bail out the industry.
But Ms. Nicholl's prediction that 200,000 jobs will be lost in central London this weekend alone means the total could be much higher.
This is because the UK recorded its highest number of coronavirus deaths in four months after another 150 victims were announced today.
Health Department statistics show the dire milestone has not been reached since June 10, when 164 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus deaths were announced.
It's also an 85 percent increase from last Saturday when 81 deaths were recorded, and a 16 increase from yesterday's 136 deaths.
Health chiefs recorded an additional 16,171 cases today, an increase of just six percent from last Saturday's level (15,166). This is a sign that the UK coronavirus outbreak is slowly slowing down.
Up to 15,650 more positive tests were added yesterday.
Although the death toll from the virus is still rising, it is miles below the level at the height of the pandemic, when more than 1,000 people were registered daily in early April.
Boris Johnson divided the country into "medium", "high" or "very high" Alert sectors this week after coronavirus cases rose 9.3 percent from the previous week.
The Prime Minister unveiled the new three-tier coronavirus lockdown system on Monday.
Liverpool was immediately ranked Tier 3, the highest level, with Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham ranked Tier 2 or “high” risk among cities.
Coronavirus-positive tests in London have increased dramatically since early September, but changes in recent weeks suggest the rate of increase is slowing, with a 37 percent increase in the seven days to October 7, compared to nearly double Increase of 84 percent in the third week of September
136 deaths were recorded yesterday, but scientists have warned that could climb to 690 by the end of the month
Tier 1 restrictions, which the majority of England is subject to, are believed to reflect the rules currently in force across the country.
It includes the rule of six, a curfew at 10 p.m., group sports that can only be played outdoors, and a maximum of 15 guests at wedding ceremonies.
Households are also prohibited from meeting indoors under Tier 2 restrictions, even in restaurants.
Two households are allowed to socialize outdoors, but must stay within the six-person limit and maintain social distance.
According to these regulations, residents are not prohibited from traveling into a Tier 1 area. However, it is recommended that you minimize the number of trips you make.
Under draconian Tier 3 regulations, restaurants close at 10 p.m., pubs and bars must close, and households are prohibited from mixing inside or outside.
Locals are advised to leave their areas only for essential travel, including work and education. Overnight stays outside of high risk areas are prohibited.
Party-goers opted for a night out at pubs and bars in Soho, London last night before the capital was subject to stricter coronavirus lockdown restrictions
Groups of friends enjoy their time together on the weekend in the outdoor area of a restaurant and bar, which is still permitted under Tier 2
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