Restaurant owners see a wave of rejections ahead of Boris Johnson's new curfew on Covid tomorrow – as drinkers prepare to visit the city and downtown for one final evening of late drinking.
A restaurant chef says he could lose up to 20 percent of his evening business following the new measures announced by the Prime Minister yesterday.
The new rules, which also prohibit customers from ordering at the bar, come because the government wants to avoid a second national lockdown in view of rising numbers of coronavirus infections.
Yet just hours after Mr Johnson's announcement in a televised address to the nation, food companies slowly recovering from months of total Covid lockdown faced a wave of cancellations from affected customers.
George Madgwick, who runs The Wicks Bistro in Cosham, Portsmouth, said he has already received eight cancellations from concerned guests who booked tables late at night.
30-year-old Madgwick, who started business in February, a month before the lockdown began, told MailOnline: “People are not rushing and are concerned because it is not the last 10pm orders, but all of them 22 O `clock.
“It took away our ability to do three sessions in one night. Around 50 percent of our business is done at 7:30 p.m., and we get around 20 to 25 percent for tables at 5:00 p.m. So the tables at 8.45pm make up about 20 to 25 percent of our nightly business.
& # 39; We have already had eight cancellations since the announcement and in the past 24 hours we have had no bookings after 8:30 p.m. when we would normally have three or four.
Mr Madgwick says the cost of the business could be around £ 300 a night. But he says the biggest impact the curfew will have on his employees.
He said, “Instead of working until 11.30pm, everything has to close at 10pm so it's closer to 10:15 pm, which is an hour and a quarter fewer hours a day.
George Madgwick, who runs The Wicks Bistro in Cosham, Portsmouth, said he has already received eight cancellations from worried guests who booked tables late at night
& # 39; This also affects our suppliers as we will be consuming less. We use local suppliers so that this also affects the entire chain. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Dean Mac, owner and founder of Manchester Cocktail Bar 186, said he lost business following the curfew announcement.
He told MailOnline: & # 39; The 10pm curfew essentially means our bookings have been cut in half.
& # 39; Since the announcement, we've had to track every guest booked and alert them of the changes, including changing all of our infrastructure so we can try to open and stay operational earlier.
“Essentially, we had to cancel 50 percent of our reservations, as these are often made around 9:00 pm or 10:00 pm.
To us it felt like some form of normalcy was returning and we found our feet again just to pull the rug out from under us.
"It seems like the hospitality industry has been used as a scapegoat by the government."
Another, Jennifer Hughes, Brand Partner at Peru Perdu in Manchester, said: "We had to cancel a lot of bookings and changed our last seat time to 7.30pm – which effectively cut our capacity in half."
"Six months" restrictions at a glance
- All pubs, bars and restaurants in England must be closed from Thursday at 10:00 p.m., while the premises must kick all customers out by the closing date.
- The hospitality sector will also be limited to table service only, as the government has banned drinkers taking a trip to the bar.
- All indoor employees and customers must wear masks unless they are seated to eat or drink.
- All employees who can work from home will be asked to do so from tomorrow.
- The fines for disregarding the rule of six and not wearing a mask increase to £ 200 for first offenses.
- Police will now have the option to call on the military for assistance, with soldiers possibly being drafted to guard protected locations so officers have more time to take action against rule violations.
- The number of people allowed to attend weddings in England will be reduced to 15 from Monday, but the number of people allowed to attend a funeral will remain at 30;
- Plans for partial return of sports fans to the stadiums have been halted;
- The six rule exemption is tightened to ban indoor team sports such as five-on-five soccer games
"Some customers have canceled due to fear of the latest announcement and are concerned about dining out together."
Meanwhile, James Dodd, a proprietor of a Cheshire pub he refused to name, had to hire five new part-time workers to meet the new table service requirements.
Mr Dodd of Altrincham said he believed his pub will survive but feared that others in his area would go broke with so much of their business going on after 9pm.
He said, "I don't think the government realizes that this weak measure, which is likely to have little impact on the virus, will have catastrophic effects on the industry.
Meanwhile, Stuart Seydel, the landlord of the Old Duke in Bristol, said he had already spent thousands of pounds protecting his company's bar in Plexiglas but now he needs to retrain his staff to wait for tables.
The 45-year-old said: "We have been training for a few months now and have put some kind of bubble around the bar to protect it."
“Now we have to send them out from beyond to do table service … in my opinion, it makes the workplace less secure.
& # 39; With less than 48 hours notice, we suddenly have to completely change the way we work … and we lose two hours of our main trading time. It's ridiculous. & # 39;
Mr Seydel said his pub usually closes at 12 noon, so the 10pm curfew could cost them "several thousand" a week.
Tom Stainer, director of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said the new measures pose a "very, very real risk" for pubs and their employees.
Party-goers are expected to hit the city across the country tonight before the rule changes, with pubs, bars and restaurants closing at 10 p.m.
The rule is part of a series of new measures announced by the Prime Minister yesterday as the government seeks to avoid a second national lockdown amid rising numbers of coronavirus infections.
But hours after the announcement, numerous night owls took to the streets of London, Leeds and Birmingham to maximize their drinking time ahead of the Thursday curfew.
Party-goers, including those who had recently arrived in Leeds and Birmingham to begin their academic year at university, swapped a night at home to visit the numerous pubs and bars in the area and party with friends.
Crowds of alcoholic night owls were in high spirits as they huddled in large groups without face masks and took to the streets of Leeds city center until the wee hours amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, others lined up outside the Bristol Pear Pub in Selly Oak, Birmingham, for a drink and to mark the start of the academic year.
The night owls will stay in pubs and bars for one last evening with nightly drinks before Boris Johnson's new curfew on Covid begins tomorrow. Pictured: revelers leave a student bar in Birmingham last night
Party goers are expected to hit town across the country tonight before the rule changes, which have pubs, bars and restaurants close at 10 p.m. Pictured: Revelers are pictured outside in Birmingham last night
The rule is part of a series of new measures announced by the Prime Minister yesterday as the government seeks to avoid a second national lockdown amid rising numbers of coronavirus infections. Pictured: Students enjoying an evening in Leeds last night
But hours after the announcement was made on a television broadcast to the nation last night, dozens of revelers took to the streets of London (Image: people drinking socially distant in a bar in London), Leeds and Birmingham to enjoy their drinking maximize time before curfew from Thursday
The scenes came just hours after the Prime Minister took a series of measures to combat the virus, which so far has killed more than 40,000 people and infected more than 400,000 people in the UK.
Table Service Policy Guidelines "Unclear and unfair," say hospitality owners
Cafe, restaurant and bar owners criticized the new table service rule as unclear and unfair.
The government announced that as of Thursday, "licensed space" in the hospitality industry will have to serve customers at tables to prevent them from gathering at checkouts and bars. This is part of the new coronavirus guidelines announced on Tuesday.
Cabinet Minister Dominic Raab suggested including fast food chains like McDonald & # 39; s.
Cafe owners have suggested that they not only work with table service, while other chains have stated that they do not respect the rules that apply to them.
Atkinsons Coffee Roasters, which owns several cafes in Lancashire, said the new table service rule shows that the government "does not understand or even recognize the coffeehouse sector."
A spokesman said the current system of queuing customers two meters apart while wearing face covering and having screens with cashless payments at their checkouts is already Covid-proof.
They said, “It's all about pubs and restaurants. We don't just need table service. We have already installed Covid-safe systems. & # 39;
A spokesman for Caffe Nero said it did not see cafes as part of the table service rule, while Costa Coffee could not confirm whether it would serve customers at the checkout or use table service.
Kate Nicholls, UK director of Hospitality Hospitality, said policy changes "daily" and inconsistencies between decentralized governments are creating confusion among hospitality executives.
She said, “We understand that fast food restaurants are exempt from the new rules, but there is certainly some level of confusion. Companies have been given next to no time to implement rules that were introduced without consulting the industry, and we are rushing to interpret them. These restrictions will have a huge impact. & # 39;
As well as the curfew that Mr Johnson is adamant that the premises all their customers up to the limit, the The hospitality sector will also be limited to table service only, as the government has banned drinkers taking a trip to the bar.
All indoor retail workers and indoor hospitality customers must wear masks – except when they are sitting to eat or drink – while all employees who can work from home will be encouraged to do so starting tomorrow.
The fines for violating the Rule of Six and missing face covering increase to £ 200 for a first offense.
Police will now have the option to call on the military for assistance, possibly with soldiers being drafted to guard protected areas so that officers have more time to take action against rule violations.
Members of the government's emergency scientific advisory group (Sage) said the curfew would not be enough to slow the rate of infection.
However, Mr. Johnson insisted that his approach was based on an attempt to "balance saving lives with protecting jobs and livelihoods".
However, he said he reserved the right to "use greater firepower" if necessary.
Mr Raab said today that a second national lockdown may be needed to control the spread of the coronavirus if the latest measures don't work.
He told Sky News: “We always said we have some sort of repository for actions in the arsenal.
“I don't think we'd speculate about what else could be done.
"But the reality is they will be more intrusive or we could get caught in a national lockdown." We want to avoid that. & # 39;
The foreign minister said if "everyone is playing by the rules" a national lockdown may not be required at Christmas.
He said: "Let us hope that we can survive the winter months, if we take these measures and if everyone obeys the rules, and we go into the Christmas season without this national lockdown with all the effects on society and families. but also the damage it would do to businesses. & # 39;
Mr Raab also defended the government's 10 p.m. curfew on hospitality, though figures say only five percent of coronavirus cases are related to pubs, bars and restaurants.
"We know that in bars and restaurants, especially after people have had a few drinks in the late evening hours, there is a risk that compliance may deteriorate a little," he said.
"We are taking this action and are confident, based on the evidence we have at home and abroad, that it is an element of what we need to do."
The scenes came just hours after the Prime Minister took a series of measures to combat the virus, which so far has killed more than 40,000 people and infected more than 400,000 people in the UK. Pictured: revelers outside a bar in Selly Oak, Birmingham, last night
Students in Selly Oak, Birmingham, were seen walking past a bar with a box of Carling lager hours after the new restrictions were announced last night
The students in Birmingham made their way to Broad Street on Tuesday evening before pubs and bars had to observe a 10 p.m. curfew from tomorrow
Punters did a little worse in Birmingham as they made the most of their local pubs just hours after Boris Johnson told the nation that Covid-19 restrictions were tightening
In Leeds, some students tried wearing masks as they walked through night owls on the street, but most were out to socialize
Groups of students gathered on the streets of Leeds last night to enjoy the start of the academic year before the 10pm curfew goes into effect
The new rules will be a special blow to students who have already faced a completely different "Freshers Week" due to the government's previous Covid restrictions.
In September, students coming to Birmingham were urged to abide by social distancing rules and guidelines from Covid to help prevent outbreaks of the virus in the city's universities.
It came after the city, home to more than 1.5 million people, was hit by draconian lockdown rules after the number of coronavirus patients admitted to hospitals in the city rose sharply.
This month, people in Birmingham and the neighboring towns of Solihull and Sandwell were prohibited from mingling with anyone outside their own household in a private home, pub, restaurant or garden.
The move followed two days of crunch talks between the government and local health leaders after the 7-day infection rate in Birmingham rose to 78 cases per 100,000.
It was now Leeds It was on the verge of a local lockdown and was placed on Public Health England's list of problem areas after the infection rate rose to 32.4 new cases per 100,000 people in the city of Yorkshire, home to half a million people.
The students in Leeds decided to go to the city instead of staying and watching Boris Johnson speak before the nation about Covid restrictions
Leeds is close to a local lockdown and has been placed on Public Health England's list of problem areas
Many people predict that the punters will simply get to the pubs earlier and drink faster before the 10pm curfew that starts later this week
Drinking at home could be an alternative when the pubs close at 10pm. Some opt for this option in Birmingham
A group of students took to the streets in Leeds just hours after the government announced tougher measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus
Revelers took to the streets of Leeds partying until the wee hours of the morning, just hours after the Prime Minister took a series of measures to fight the coronavirus
Numerous revelers and college students break social distancing guidelines when they congregate in the city until the wee hours of the morning without face masks
Revelers and college students came to the Bristol Pear Pub in Selly Oak, Birmingham to spend the evening before the new 10 p.m. curfew went into effect
Earlier this month, thousands of ministers blocked young people preparing for university from attending freshman events. Health Secretary Lord Bethell urged freshmen and returning college students to oppose the mass gatherings “in pubs, clubs and bedrooms”.
Meanwhile, University Secretary Michelle Donelan angrily warned major organizers that police would take "serious action" against them after reports that some companies were promoting mass social freshers events.
And Health Secretary Matt Hancock asked students to follow the rules for the sake of their education and the health of their parents and grandparents.
Health Secretary Lord Bethell said: “We are deeply concerned about the spread among students. Some of this dissemination will take place in universities, and I appreciate the vice chancellors' efforts to establish social distancing agreements in universities. We hope it will have an impact.
“However, part of the impact lies in their social life – in pubs, clubs and bedrooms across the country.
"That is the responsibility of the students themselves, and we are examining measures to improve and enforce the social distancing measures that are stopping the spread of this disease."
Groups of night owls appeared in high spirits as they huddled in large groups without face masks and partied until the wee hours of the morning
Revelers are breaking social distancing guidelines when they take the streets of Leeds and spend a night amid the coronavirus pandemic
A group of night owls take to the streets of Leeds without a mask, enjoying an evening just a few days before the pubs, bars and restaurants curfew at 10pm
Crowds stand in front of a pub in Leeds to spend an evening despite the current six rules measures
In Leeds, people cross a street as dozens of revelers take to the city streets to spend a night amid the coronavirus pandemic
Party-goers gather in the streets of Leeds to spend an evening partying into the wee hours of the morning, just days before the new curfew goes into effect
People are gathering on the streets of Leeds to spend a night just days before the new 10 p.m. curfew comes into effect
Just hours after the government tightened its coronavirus measures, people are lining up outside the Bristol Pear Pub
Crowds of students disobey the rule of six as they cluster in large groups without face masks in a nearby par
The scenes come as Boris Johnson today announced a new wave of Covid-19 restrictions that could last up to six months – including a 10 p.m. curfew on bars, pubs and restaurants in England.
The 10pm curfew in the hospitality industry sparked an immediate backlash in the industry when the UKHospitality group said it was "another major blow".
There are also fears that the move could have unintended consequences if warned of a possible “increase in unregulated events and house parties”.
Tory MPs also expressed concern about the curfew, calling it a "terrible blow" to the hotel industry and warning that there could be no further "major lockdown".
It was alleged overnight that Mr Johnson initially advocated a full shutdown of the hospitality and leisure sectors before Chancellor Rishi Sunak persuaded him to take a less stringent course after warning of economic slaughter.
As part of the new measures, plans for a partial return of sports fans to the stadiums have been "suspended" from October 1st, while the number of people allowed to attend weddings will be reduced to 15.
Mr Johnson also announced the end of the government's return to work and urged the British to work from home when they can.
Bar-goers at the Westminster Arms pub in London watch the Prime Minister address the nation on new coronavirus restrictions
Customers at the Westminster Arms pub in London watch Boris Johnson make an emotional plea for the country
Face masks must also be worn in public transportation and in many indoor spaces, including shops, shopping malls, transportation hubs, museums, galleries, cinemas, and public libraries.
Those who don't wear face masks can expect a £ 200 fine.
Just hours after the new measures were in place, the Prime Minister made an emotional appeal to the nation, warning the British that they are facing a long, harsh winter of police-enforced restrictions on their freedom to fight off the coronavirus.
He also hit on his critics – including Tory MPs and business leaders, who warned of the economic ramifications of the tough measures, adding, “For those who say we don't need this stuff and we should let people do their own Taking risks I say these risks are not our own.
“The tragic reality with Covid is that your mild cough can be someone else's death knell.
The prime minister said it was necessary to reintroduce the measures to avoid a dramatic increase in deaths and a second, economically devastating total lockdown
“And as for the suggestion that we should just imprison the elderly and vulnerable – with all the suffering that would come with it – I have to tell you that this is simply not realistic.
"Because if you let the virus get through the rest of the population, it would inevitably get to the elderly, and in much larger numbers."
Despite the Prime Minister's new move, some experts have already warned the measures will not be enough after senior scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said yesterday that the UK could suffer 50,000 cases a day through mid-October and more than 200 deaths a day through November unless the UK changes course.
ARE CURFEWS WORKING FOR THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS?
From Thursday evenings, bars, pubs and restaurants across England will have to close at 10pm every night.
The step is an "intermediate step" in the fight against the virus and follows the steps of Thailand.
When Thailand imposed a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on April 3, it counted just over 100 cases of coronavirus a day. By the time the curfew was lifted on June 15, that number had fallen to the low tens.
Although the country's success is due to the curfew, some scholars deny it on the grounds that the lockdown and other social measures in place at the time had a greater impact.
Britain hopes its curfew can help reflect the success of the Southeast Asian nation.
Linda Bauld, professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh, said HuffPost curfews are used because "we know night economy is generally risky".
"There have been outbreaks related to nightclubs, bars and restaurants," she said. "We've known that for months."
"The longer people are in these places, the more likely they are to leave their vigilance behind and the mix of social distancing and alcohol is not a good one despite the best efforts of customs officers and venue owners."
Behavioral expert Professor Susan Michie, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE), said the time at 10 p.m. was chosen to balance the needs of the night economy with the need for virus control.
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