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The cleanup begins after Londoners visit Tier 3 pubs and bars


The clean-up began today after revelers in Soho parted the night outside London and moved into stage three at midnight. Pubs and restaurants had to close and many had to throw away unused food.

Garbage bags piled up on the street corners, while the recycling bins were full of glass bottles after one last hurray for many Londoners and their friends before Christmas, even though it was still nine days.

The capital's party district was buzzing last night when a woman sang in the street to other night owls and another walked around with large burlesque feathers while cops watched the crowd.

Theater-goers flocked to musicals and shows in the West End before closing along with other entertainment venues like casinos and cinemas as the capital falls into the highest level of coronavirus restrictions.

London restaurateurs slammed the Tier Three forced closure when they threw away bags and boxes of unused products. UKHospitality reckoned multi-million pounds worth of food to be wasted.

The capital and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire were placed under Tier 3 curbs at midnight, with restaurants being given less than 48 hours notice. While some restaurants are relying on delivery for the new measures, other restaurants have warned that an "immense amount" of food and drink will be thrown in the trash.

A London restaurant owner said moving to Tier 3 had already cost him £ 42,000 in lost bookings as well as a week of wasted inventory, and the breakfast group's chain said it would lose up to £ 50,000 in fresh food and drink.

Thomasina Miers, co-founder of the restaurant chain Wahaca, said, “As much as I love the hospitality industry's constant resilience, I can't help but feel that more of our politicians who may have given restaurants to restaurants before they embark on their political careers are in real jobs got. Pubs are becoming more aware of having to transact supplies and empty refrigerators before closing. & # 39;

Looking ahead, Westminster City Council Chairman Rachael Robathan has warned people "not to hover in the West End just to see the New Year" amid concerns about the "security threats looming around New Year's Eve".

Lana Lorraine (right) sings with people in the West End of London after the pubs closed last night before the capital enters Tier 3

Revel in Soho last night as pubs and bars close outside the capital and join Tier 3 from midnight

Revel in Soho last night as pubs and bars close outside the capital and join Tier 3 from midnight

People were in effect in the Soho borough of London last night, before Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions went into effect

People were in effect in the Soho borough of London last night, before Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions went into effect

People are eating at St Christopher & # 39; s Place in London last night before the capital is subject to Tier 3 restrictions

People are eating at St Christopher & # 39; s Place in London last night before the capital is subject to Tier 3 restrictions

People in front of the London Palladium Theater, where Pantoland was on the stage last night but now has to close

People in front of the London Palladium Theater, where Pantoland was on the stage last night but now has to close

A police officer patrols Soho while people partying on a street after the pubs close for the night before London enters Tier 3

A police officer patrols Soho while people partying on a street after the pubs close for the night before London enters Tier 3

Theatergoers in front of the Sondheim Theater in the London borough of Soho, where Les Miserables was showing

Theatergoers in front of the Sondheim Theater in the London borough of Soho, where Les Miserables was showing

The restrictions are to be relaxed to allow up to three households to meet for five days during the holiday season, but the third tier pubs must remain closed even then.

Andy Jones, 40, who owns the Jones & Sons restaurant in Dalston, east London, was forced to close after the capital moved into the higher range of restrictions.

He lost hundreds of bookings and revealed that his remaining food supply is being wasted. "We already had £ 42,000 bookings in the system this week," he said.

“My biggest criticism is that busy restaurants plan a week in advance. We have food worth a week that has either been prepared, already bought – which you cannot send back – or made to order. Think about the wasted food. & # 39;

Theater goers arrive for a show in Soho, London last night before the West End venues have to close if the capital enters Tier 3

Theater goers arrive for a show in Soho, London last night before the West End venues have to close if the capital enters Tier 3

Revel on the streets of Soho, London last night as pubs and bars close before the capital moves into Tier 3

Revel on the streets of Soho, London last night as pubs and bars close before the capital moves into Tier 3

People enjoy dinner outside in Soho before London enters Tier 3 last night and closes pubs and restaurants

People enjoy dinner outside in Soho before London enters Tier 3 last night and closes pubs and restaurants

A woman is dancing with wings in the West End of London last night after the pubs close before London moves into Tier 3

A woman is dancing with wings in the West End of London last night after the pubs close before London moves into Tier 3

The rubbish remained on the streets of Soho, London earlier this morning after being subject to Tier 2 restrictions last night in London

The rubbish remained on the streets of Soho, London earlier this morning after being subject to Tier 2 restrictions last night in London

Glass bottles left in bins on the streets of Soho are pictured in Tier 2 this morning after last night in London

Glass bottles left in bins on the streets of Soho are pictured in Tier 2 this morning after last night in London

Trash bags are being left on the streets of London's Soho this morning following the last night of Tier 2 restrictions on the capital

Trash bags are being left on the streets of London's Soho this morning following the last night of Tier 2 restrictions on the capital

The rubbish was left on the streets of Soho, London this morning as the capital enters Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions

The rubbish was left on the streets of Soho, London this morning as the capital enters Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions

Gavin Rankin, owner of Bellamy & # 39; s in Mayfair, told MailOnline last night: “The food that is wasted is deeply annoying. The whole thing is deeply annoying. We'll open again, but when? & # 39;

"All of this terrible planning comes when thousands of people are allowed to visit stores. We have reasonable restrictions. Why is it not safe for us to stay open?"

Ben Tish, culinary director of Norma in Fitzrovia and The Game Bird at the five-star Stafford Hotel in Green Park, said there was "an immense amount of food being wasted in restaurants in the capital."

Mr Tish told The Guardian, "We should have full restaurants this week, including fully booked private dining rooms, and we had a load of produce ordered."

He announced that the restaurant had already ordered and received 100 lobster tails priced at £ 25 each, which cannot be frozen for long.

Police and Covid marshals were out and about in Soho ordering Londoners to end their drinks and extensive meals when the capital was under Tier 3 Covid 19 restrictions

Police and Covid marshals were out and about in Soho ordering Londoners to end their drinks and extensive meals when the capital was under Tier 3 Covid 19 restrictions

Food waste was piled on the streets of Soho on Tuesday evening as UKHospitality warned of Tier 3 restrictions that millions of pounds worth of food and drink could be wasted

Food waste was piled on the streets of Soho on Tuesday evening as UKHospitality warned of Tier 3 restrictions that millions of pounds worth of food and drink could be wasted

Kate Nicholls, general manager, warned that there would be a "flood of wasted food and drink" as pubs and restaurants are forced to leave out products they bought for Christmas bookings that had to be canceled

Kate Nicholls, general manager, warned that there would be a "flood of wasted food and drink" as pubs and restaurants are forced to leave out products they bought for Christmas bookings that had to be canceled

Revelers stayed on the streets of Soho as London prepared to join other parts of England living under Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions that will close pubs and restaurants in the last week before Christmas

Revelers stayed on the streets of Soho as London prepared to join other parts of England living under Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions that will close pubs and restaurants in the last week before Christmas

Other items like truffles cannot be frozen at all, which means they too will be wasted.

Kate Nicholls, UKHospitality executive director, told The Guardian, "As with previous short-term bans, this will result in a deluge of wasted food and drink."

Soho restaurants expect to be able to rely on delivery services as they did with previous lockdowns, but others donated their food.

Middle Eastern and Asian restaurant Le Bab on Carnaby Street told MailOnline, “The company will do the same as it did when it was first blocked.

"Anything left in this restaurant tonight and in our sister restaurant in Covent Garden will be cooked and donated to NHS staff."

Pubs in London, Essex and Hertfordshire are expected to lose thousands of pounds as they lose their festive shops - but when the shops closed on Tuesday night, police tried to get the crowd home

Pubs in London, Essex and Hertfordshire are expected to lose thousands of pounds as they lose their festive shops – but when the shops closed on Tuesday night, police tried to get the crowd home

Police urged visitors to London's West End to leave on Tuesday evening as daily coronavirus cases hit 18,450, a 50 percent increase from last Tuesday despite the fact that the death toll had decreased

Police urged visitors to London's West End to leave on Tuesday evening as daily coronavirus cases hit 18,450, a 50 percent increase from last Tuesday despite the fact that the death toll had decreased

The crowds were in no rush to leave Soho after one final day of drinking before London entered Tier 3 with parts of Essex and Hertfordshire

The crowds were in no rush to leave Soho after one final day of drinking before London entered Tier 3 with parts of Essex and Hertfordshire

Up to 20 police officers and volunteers were on the streets of Soho to ensure that as Covid-19 infections grew across London, drinkers left and kept social distance

Up to 20 police officers and volunteers were on the streets of Soho to ensure that as Covid-19 infections grew across London, drinkers left and kept social distance

Angry Soho restaurant owners have wondered why they have to close if nearby Tier 3 stores are allowed to stay open, but drinkers were still filling the nearby streets after the venues closed

Angry Soho restaurant owners have wondered why they have to close if nearby Tier 3 stores are allowed to stay open, but drinkers were still filling the nearby streets after the venues closed

In North London, darts fans gathered in a socially distant Alexandra Palace for a night of action at the World Darts Championship

In North London, darts fans gathered in a socially distant Alexandra Palace for a night of action at the World Darts Championship

The shutdown came after Wetherspoons sold some drinks for just 99p as companies had to pour leftovers down the sink if they weren't sold out today

The shutdown came after Wetherspoons sold some drinks for just 99p as companies had to pour leftovers down the sink if they weren't sold out today

Some venues were selling drinks for just 99p yesterday as they encouraged punters to come and visit before closings began.

According to The Times, up to 8,000 jobs in the London pub are at risk from the closure, while businesses in Essex and Hertfordshire will also be affected.

Cath Thwaites, 52, landlady at Checkers in Billericay, Essex, told the Times she was about to lose about £ 3,000 worth of beer and could lose her pub altogether.

She said, “Giving us £ 1,000 to help us for a month is madness. £ 1,000 doesn't cover my bills for a week – without rent. & # 39;

Westminster City Council Chair Ms. Robathan said: “While we all recognize that public safety must come first – and we will do everything we can to ensure it – Tier three is the last place we are wanted to.

“Some of our companies, theaters, restaurants and bars are struggling to survive. We have the largest hospitality sector in the country – 3,700 licensed venues – which, despite our repeated attempts to support it with activities such as al fresco dining, will be even more affected. Jobs that could have been secured by a pre-Christmas revival are at stake again.

“That's why I'm urgently working for the Treasury Department to review central government support for our companies. The current formula counts the resident population, not the number of businesses, and that means we only need to split £ 5 million across 39,000 businesses in Westminster – that's only about £ 130 per business. That can't be right for a council that collects nearly nine percent of the country's business rates, or £ 2.4 billion, and risks the vibrant mix of cultural attractions, retail outlets, and businesses that make the West End an icon of the global UK power is damaged.

Westminster City Council will support the new health regulations and ensure our residents are taken care of. Our officers will endeavor to clearly understand the safety messages and, in cooperation with the venues that are open, we will manage traffic as safely as possible.

“While the tier three rules are clear, the reality is that we cannot prevent people from coming to the West End. This eases the looming security risks around New Year's Eve. I would like again to urge people not to float in the West End just to see the New Year – while it goes against the spirit of our spirits as a city, the fight against Covid must be the priority and crowded crowds simply lead the risk, prolong this level 3 misery even longer. & # 39;

Pubs and restaurants have closed as hospitality experts warned that tighter restrictions could cost the industry billions before Christmas

Pubs and restaurants have closed as hospitality experts warned that tighter restrictions could cost the industry billions before Christmas

Some restaurants will be relying on delivery services in Soho, while others will donate any leftover food from tonight to local food banks and NHS staff

Some restaurants will be relying on delivery services in Soho, while others will donate any leftover food from tonight to local food banks and NHS staff

Experts warned the tier 3 move will wipe out £ 2.7 billion of the hospitality industry as it closes during the festive rush

Experts warned the tier 3 move will wipe out £ 2.7 billion of the hospitality industry as it closes during the festive rush

Soho restaurants expect to rely on delivery services as they did with previous lockdowns, but others donate their food

Soho restaurants expect to rely on delivery services as they did with previous lockdowns, but others donate their food

Police wanted to ask the punters to leave around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday night when London put Tier 3 restrictions and forced pubs and restaurants to close

Police wanted to ask the punters to leave around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday night when London put Tier 3 restrictions and forced pubs and restaurants to close

H.The heads of the Ospitalität struck the "catastrophic" decision to move London and parts of the home countries to the higher band of restrictions.

According to the new Tier 3 rules, only companies that offer take-away and delivery can remain open. Restrictions are to be relaxed to allow up to three households to meet for five days during the holiday season, but tier 3 pubs will have to remain closed even then.

Pubs in Tier 2 areas can open during the Christmas season under the band's restrictions. However, since households are only allowed to mix with people from other bubbles in the household over a period of five days, many pubs, bars and restaurants cannot reopen.

Punters started packing in bars yesterday morning for one last drink, albeit with a hearty meal, before Tier 3 closed the venues for the foreseeable future.

There are warnings that moving to Tier 3 will wipe £ 2.7 billion from London's hospital industry as pubs, bars and restaurants close during the busy holiday season.

Some businesses in town opened their doors from 9 a.m. yesterday morning, selling pints for as little as 99p to get rid of inventory within hours of closing. A Wetherspoons pub in south west London greeted drinkers from 10.30am and was busy serving drinkers all morning.

Soho bar staff are cleaning up after last business night before London admitted tier 3 restrictions after a surge in Covid-19 cases

Soho bar staff are cleaning up after last business night before London admitted tier 3 restrictions after a surge in Covid-19 cases

Punters gathered outside the White Lion in Covent Garden as London prepared to take stricter social distancing measures amid rising coronavirus infection rates

Punters gathered outside the White Lion in Covent Garden as London prepared to take stricter social distancing measures amid rising coronavirus infection rates

Greg Mulholland, campaign spokesman for pubs, slammed the government for announcing the decision less than two weeks before Christmas.

He said the government's announcement was a "shocking way of treating tax collectors and their families" and warned that it would marginalize many businesses.

The campaign manager and former MP said: “This is devastating news for pubs and customs officers in London and the home countries. Get into Tier 3 just a few weeks after opening for restricted trading and just a few weeks before Christmas.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was pressured yesterday to abandon the three-household bladder system over the five-day holiday season as experts warned that lives would be lost if the restriction hiatus continued.

The Prime Minister was expected to meet with ministers to discuss the festive hiatus when it was revealed that daily coronavirus cases hit 18,450 last Tuesday, up 50 percent, although deaths fell.

Industry insiders called for an urgent support package for the hospitality sector to help businesses survive into the new year.

It came when people started drinking early in pubs all over the capital. Many drinkers continued well into the afternoon, creating busy scenes in Soho and Covent Garden.

Soho began to fill up with people heading for one last drink - with a hearty meal - before Tier 3 restrictions began

Soho began to fill up with people heading for one last drink – with a hearty meal – before Tier 3 restrictions began

According to the new Tier 3 rules, only companies that offer take-away and delivery can remain open. Restrictions are to be relaxed to allow up to three households to meet for five days during the holiday season, but tier 3 pubs will have to remain closed even then

According to the new Tier 3 rules, only companies that offer take-away and delivery can remain open. Restrictions are to be relaxed to allow up to three households to meet for five days during the holiday season, but tier 3 pubs will have to remain closed even then

Pubs and restaurants were preparing to welcome visitors under Tier 2 restrictions in London, but last night Soho and other parts of the capital welcomed visitors for the last time before the rules were tightened

Pubs and restaurants were preparing to welcome visitors under Tier 2 restrictions in London, but last night Soho and other parts of the capital welcomed visitors for the last time before the rules were tightened

Police patrolled restaurants while staff ensure people were complying with Tier 2 measures by buying a “full meal” with a drink

Police patrolled restaurants while staff ensure people were complying with Tier 2 measures by buying a “full meal” with a drink

East London restaurant owner loses £ 42,000 in bookings as capital is invested in Tier 3

Andy Jones, 40, owns the Jones & Sons restaurant in Dalston, east London

Andy Jones, 40, owns the Jones & Sons restaurant in Dalston, east London

A London restaurant owner has announced that he has lost more than £ 42,000 in bookings since announcing the capital will be moving to Tier 3.

Andy Jones, 40, owns Jones & Sons restaurant in Dalston, east London and will have to close if the capital moves into the higher range of restrictions tonight.

He said he would lose hundreds of bookings and his remaining food supply would be wasted.

"We already had £ 42,000 bookings in the system this week," he said.

“My biggest criticism is that busy restaurants plan a week in advance. We have food worth a week that has either been prepared, already bought – which you cannot send back – or made to order.

& # 39; Think about the wasted food.

"It is unacceptable to give the hotel industry 24 hours notice," he added.

“We are very concerned about the impact this will have on not only livelihoods but also mental health.

“This is a shocking way of treating tax collectors and their families, especially in the run-up to Christmas.

"The government is constantly changing its minds and rules and is having a devastating impact that will threaten the future of many of our beloved pubs in these higher-ranking areas across the country."

The former MP for Leeds North West also highlighted how the short-term announcement will leave many business owners high and dry with unusable stocks – another addition to their financial troubles.

"Pubs will have stocks on the basis that they were allowed to be open at this crucial trading time of the year and are now forced to close within a few days and dispose of them without any government compensation," he said. "We urgently need a support package."

Customs officers will have to dispose of unused stocks if they are not sold, raising concerns that scenes will be repeated at the start of the second national lockdown.

An estimated 70 million liters of beer were poured down the drain when the country was cordoned off on November 5th.

A spokesman for Wetherspoons, which yesterday sells its surplus stocks for just 99p in some pubs, said it was "disappointing" but necessary to dump unused stocks.

JDW spokesman Eddie Gershon called the hospitality sector a "scapegoat" during the coronavirus crisis and told Mail Online, "If these pubs in London move to Tier 3, Hertforshire and Essex don't have to be all sold by the end of today's game." thrown away.

“You can't keep it, so try as well. It's good beer, and some of these beers usually cost around £ 6 a pint in London.

& # 39; Our prices at £ 2.20 a pint are really great value so we hope people will enjoy it at low prices and in our view we need to get rid of it.

“The hospitality industry seems like the scapegoat, but if something happens, all we have to do is take care of it. & # 39;

Industry insiders warned that pub closings would cost billions of dollars in the UK economy and put thousands of jobs at risk.

According to the British Beer and Pub Association, there are 3,680 pubs and 56,000 jobs in the sector in the capital alone.

Kate Nicholls, the UK's hospitality manager, warned that the closure would "change the face of the capital for years to come".

She said, “The business impact of this shutdown is utterly disastrous.

& # 39; The impact is both immediate and severe for the businesses that are being forced to close, and the impact will continue to affect larger businesses in the long term.

& # 39; For the companies directly affected, £ 2.7 billion will be withdrawn from the London economy in the last two weeks of December.

& # 39; It's such a disproportionate effect because it's the two busiest trading weeks of the year that have been lost in the largest and most valuable hotel business in the world.

"Just before Christmas, 160,000 jobs are directly at risk."

Mrs. Nicholls said Only one in five hospitality venues in London have effectively reopened since December 2nd, and the move to Tier 3 means many more may never reopen.

Industry experts also criticized the number of shoppers squeezed onto the streets before Christmas.

Mr Mulholland said the hospitality industry bears the brunt of the restrictions despite being heavily regulated, unlike high streets and shopping malls.

As the streets of Soho began to fill up, some pubs welcomed visitors for a final drink from around 10.30am before the venues had to close

As the streets of Soho began to fill up, some pubs welcomed visitors for a final drink from around 10.30am before the venues had to close

Restaurants in London and parts of Essex (including Leigh on Sea, pictured) greet guests for the last time tonight before closing for the third time this year as they adhere to Tier 3 restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19

Restaurants in London and parts of Essex (including Leigh on Sea, pictured) greet guests for the last time tonight before closing for the third time this year as they adhere to Tier 3 restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19

Greg Mulholland, campaign spokesman for pubs, criticized the government for choosing to close the venues less than two weeks before Christmas. Just hours before Tier 3 measures were applied in London, Covent Garden was still attracting visitors

Greg Mulholland, campaign spokesman for pubs, criticized the government for choosing to close the venues less than two weeks before Christmas. Just hours before Tier 3 measures were applied in London, Covent Garden was still attracting visitors

Industry insiders called for an urgent support package for the hospitality sector to help businesses survive into the new year

Industry insiders called for an urgent support package for the hospitality sector to help businesses survive into the new year

There are concerns that the closure will have an impact on the livelihoods as well as the mental health of workers and regular visitors to venues

There are concerns that the closure will have an impact on the livelihoods as well as the mental health of workers and regular visitors to venues

Police are patrolling busy parts of London, including Soho, tonight to ensure Level 2 social distancing measures are followed before stricter rules go into effect tomorrow

Police are patrolling busy parts of London, including Soho, tonight to ensure Level 2 social distancing measures are followed before stricter rules go into effect tomorrow

UK Hospitality Manager Kate Nicholls called for an urgent hospitality support package that had to close due to the Stage 3 shutdown

UK Hospitality Manager Kate Nicholls called for an urgent hospitality support package that had to close due to the Stage 3 shutdown

He said: "The tax collectors and their families are very upset that the government is allowing – and even encouraging – large numbers of people to congregate to shop in a totally unregulated environment while enjoying pubs and hospitality Scapegoating and forcing them to close and give they mock support in response. & # 39;

He added: “We need to have adequate support, the government cannot continue to treat pubs the way they do without proper support.

“The evidence-based decision they are making is extremely questionable, worn out indeed.

“Now that you've made this devastating decision, you still need to work out an appropriate support package for all of the Tier 3 areas.

"People are very concerned about the future of their business and livelihood at the end of a very difficult year."

Social media users responded to the news that stocks would be wasted if companies were moved to Tier 3 in the short term

Social media users responded to the news that stocks would be wasted if companies were moved to Tier 3 in the short term

A spike in infections means London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will be placed under Tier 3 curbs starting tonight

A spike in infections means London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will be placed under Tier 3 curbs starting tonight

Several people were concerned about the short term nature of the hospitality industry, which would lead to overstocking businesses

Several people were concerned about the short-term nature of the hospitality industry, which would lead to overstocked businesses

This social media user said he knows companies that have also spent money on products that allow their businesses to stay open - that too is wasted

This social media user said he knows companies that have also spent money on products that allow their businesses to stay open – that too is wasted

This Twitter user said the situation was "not a fair way to treat people".

This Twitter user said the situation was "not a fair way to treat people".

What are the Tier 3 rules?

  • Indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, theaters and bowling alleys must be closed.
  • Pubs, restaurants and cafes must be closed except for takeout.
  • Shops, hairdressers and salons can remain open;
  • Groups of six people are only allowed to meet outdoors.
  • Crowds at live events are prohibited.
  • People should avoid traveling into or out of Tier 3 areas unless it is inevitable.
  • People from separate households cannot meet inside and the rule of six applies outside.

Ms. Nicholls joined in calls for a full support package to help businesses facing difficulties in the face of the closure.

She called on the government to extend vacation rates for business travel through 2022 and to extend the lower VAT rate for tourism and hospitality services for all of next year.

"It will be a ripple effect if we cannot provide additional support to these companies," she said.

"This support will allow these companies to make confidential investment decisions for the next year, avoid unnecessary job losses over the holiday season, and maintain support throughout the recovery."

Emma McClarkin, executive director of the British Beer & Pub Association, called it "another nail in the coffin" for pubs.

She said: “It could completely destroy many pubs in London and parts of Hertfordshire and Essex.

“It is cruel when diligent customs officers do everything to support their communities and invest in the implementation of all necessary security measures.

She added: “It is not fair that pubs in London and other parts of England receive four times less funding than pubs in Wales.

“Especially since pubs in London are the most expensive to run.

"Brewers and the broader supply chain companies also need support as an important trading channel closes overnight."

Social media users supported the pubs with a few posts on Twitter to help them make the "idiotic decision".

One person wrote that constant flip-flopping was "not a fair way to treat people".

They wrote, “I don't think London should ever have gotten out of Tier 3 if one had thought of all the small companies that bought stocks in preparation for Christmas to hang on to now. It is not a fair way to treat people.

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