Ghost City of London: The city center's normally busy streets are empty with once thriving bars and restaurants that were abandoned on the first day of the capital's new Tier 2 lockdown
- UKHospitality's Kate Nicholls said the industry had seen a 50% increase in cancellations due to restrictions
- London has been placed under Tier 2 level restrictions after the rapid rise in infections in many counties
- According to new guidelines, it is forbidden for people from different households to mingle in restaurants
London's normally busy streets are empty and the once thriving bars and restaurants are deserted on the first day of the capital's new Tier 2 lockdown.
Covent Garden restaurants that are usually occupied by visitors are empty as new restrictions have been put in place to stop the surge in coronavirus cases.
London has been placed under Tier 2 restrictions after a rapid surge in infections in many areas of the city.
Industry leaders have warned that this weekend alone, 200,000 London hoteliers will lose their jobs if companies close their doors.
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
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 dropped 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%.
"This is clearly unsustainable, and companies in London are now planning to close their doors and their locations 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 has called for Tier 3 funding for all hospitalities 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.
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.
Covent Garden restaurants are usually packed with visitors (pictured) before the Tier 2 restrictions, meaning people from different households cannot meet indoors
There were already restrictions in busy bars and restaurants in the capital, like the 10 p.m. curfew, before Tier 2 was introduced
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.
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
Party-goers opted for a night out in pubs and bars in Soho, London, before the capital was subject to stricter coronavirus lockdowns last night
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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