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West End restaurateurs will be forced to close if they throw unused food before Tier 3


West End restaurateurs slammed the Tier 3 forced closure as they dumped bags and boxes of unused food – as a cop and Covid-19 volunteer cleared the last of London's drinkers.

UKHospitality said multimillion pounds worth of food could be wasted as capital has tighter Covid-19 restrictions as top restaurants and pubs enjoyed one final night of business before closing during the normally busy Christmas season.

London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will be placed under Tier 3 curbs starting tonight, with restaurant closings less than 48 hours in advance.

While some restaurants are relying on deliveries during the lockdown, other restaurants have warned that an "immense amount" of food and drink will be thrown in the trash.

A London restaurant owner announced that moving to Tier 3 had already cost him £ 42,000 in lost bookings, on top of a week of wasted inventory. While the chain told the breakfast group it would lose up to 50,000 pounds in fresh food and drink.

Police and Covid-19 volunteers were seen ordering people to leave the streets of Soho on Tuesday as they came to enjoy one last drink before entering London Tier 3, albeit with a hearty meal, but the crowd stayed on the streets late into the night.

Police and Covid marshals were out and about in Soho tonight, ordering Londoners to end their drinks and extensive meals as the capital imposed 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 ditch 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 ditch products they bought for Christmas bookings that had to be canceled

Revelers stayed on the streets of Soho on Tuesday night 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 on Tuesday night 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

Restrictions are to be relaxed to allow up to three households to meet for five days during the holiday season, but tier 3 pubs must remain closed even then.

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

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 groceries worth a week that are either fully prepared, already bought – which you cannot send back – or are made to order.

"Think about the wasted food."

Gavin Rankin, owner of Bellamy & # 39; s in Mayfair, told MailOnline tonight: “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."

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, although deaths fell

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, although deaths fell

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

The crowds were in no hurry to leave Soho tonight 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 out on the streets of Soho tonight to ensure drinkers left and kept social distancing amid growing Covid-19 infections across London

Up to 20 police officers and volunteers were out on the streets of Soho tonight to ensure drinkers left and kept social distancing amid growing Covid-19 infections across London

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

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

In north London, darts fans gathered in a socially distant Alexandra Palace for a night of world darts championships

In north London, darts fans gathered in a socially distant Alexandra Palace for a night of world darts championships

The closings for tonight 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 closings for tonight 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

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."

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

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 rely on delivery services as they did with previous lockdowns, but others are donating their food tonight.

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

Some venues were selling drinks for as little as 99p today as they encouraged punters to 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 insane. £ 1,000 doesn't cover my bills for a week – without rent. "

News of higher restrictions in London and parts of the home countries comes as follows:

  • Daily cases hit 18,450 today, up 50 percent from last Tuesday, although deaths had decreased.
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson was pressured today to give up Christmas bubbles or lose lives.
  • Matt Hancock urged the British to consider pre-isolation before meeting older relatives for Christmas.
  • The number of coronavirus cases in England fell by a quarter during the second national lockdown, the government-backed REACT-1 study found.
Pubs and restaurants have closed as hospitality experts warned tighter restrictions could cost the industry billions before Christmas

Pubs and restaurants have closed as hospitality experts warned 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 that today's Tier 3 entry into the hospitality industry will wipe £ 2.7 billion as it closes during the festive rush

Experts warned that today's Tier 3 entry into the hospitality industry will wipe £ 2.7 billion as it closes during the festive rush

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

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

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

Police wanted to ask the punters to leave around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night as London granted 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 range 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 must 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 packed into bars starting Tuesday morning for a final 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 off London's hospital industry as pubs, bars and restaurants close during the busy holiday season.

Some businesses in the city opened their doors from 9 a.m. this morning, selling pints for just 99p to get rid of inventory within hours of closing. A Wetherspoons pub in south-west London greeted drinkers from 10.30 a.m. 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 due to the growing coronavirus infection rate

Punters gathered outside the White Lion in Covent Garden as London prepared to take stricter social distancing measures due to the growing coronavirus infection rate

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 Tuesday to ditch 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 as there were daily coronavirus cases that hit 18,450, up 50 percent last Tuesday, although deaths fell.

Industry insiders called for an urgent support package for the hospitality sector so that businesses can 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 has started to fill up with people heading for one last drink - with a hearty meal - before Tier 3 restrictions begin

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

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 must 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 must remain closed even then

Pubs and restaurants are preparing to welcome visitors to London under Tier 2 restrictions, but tonight Soho and other parts of the capital will be welcoming visitors for the last time before the rules tighten

Pubs and restaurants are preparing to welcome visitors to London under Tier 2 restrictions, but tonight Soho and other parts of the capital will be welcoming visitors for the last time before the rules tighten

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

Police patrol restaurants while staff ensure people are 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 the capital was announced to be moving to Tier 3.

Andy Jones, 40, owns Jones & Sons restaurant in Dalston, east London, and will be due 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 groceries worth a week that are either fully prepared, already bought – which you cannot send back – or are made to order.

& # 39; Think about the wasted food.

"It is unacceptable to give the hospitality 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 before Christmas.

"The government is constantly changing its minds and rules, and is having a devastating effect 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 is selling its surplus stock for just 99p in some of its pubs today, 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 just 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 very affordable so we hope people will enjoy it at low prices and in our view we need to get rid of it.

“The hospitality sector 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 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: & # 39; The business impact of this shutdown is absolutely disastrous.

& # 39; The impact is both immediate and severe for those businesses that are 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 world's largest and most valuable hotel business.

"In addition, 160,000 jobs are directly at risk shortly before Christmas."

Mrs. Nicholls said Only one in five London eateries has 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 malls.

As the streets of Soho began to fill up tonight, some pubs welcomed visitors for a final drink from around 10:30 am before the venues had to close

As the streets of Soho began to fill up tonight, some pubs welcomed visitors for a final drink from around 10:30 am 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 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 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 so that businesses can survive into the new year

Industry insiders called for an urgent support package for the hospitality sector so that businesses can 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 package of support for the hospitality businesses that had to close due to the Stage 3 closure

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

He said: "The customs officers and their families are very upset that the government is allowing – and even encouraging – large crowds of people to gather to shop in a totally unregulated environment while enjoying pubs and hospitality Scapegoat and force them to close and give them ridicule 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 make 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 overstocked 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 enable 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 enable 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 comprehensive package of assistance to help businesses facing difficulties in the face of the closure.

She called on the government to extend vacation rates for businesses through 2022 and 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 enable 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 possible to support their communities and invest in the implementation of all necessary security measures.

Sie fügte hinzu: „Es ist nicht fair, dass Pubs in London und anderen Teilen Englands viermal weniger finanzielle Unterstützung erhalten als Pubs in Wales.

„Zumal Pubs in London am teuersten zu betreiben sind.

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

Social-Media-Nutzer unterstützten die Pubs mit einigen Beiträgen zu Twitter, um die "idiotische Entscheidung" zu treffen.

Eine Person schrieb, dass das ständige Flip-Flop "kein fairer Weg sei, Menschen zu behandeln".

Sie schrieben: „Ich denke nicht, dass London jemals aus Tier 3 hätte herauskommen sollen, wenn man an all die kleinen Unternehmen gedacht hätte, die in Vorbereitung auf Weihnachten Aktien gekauft haben, um jetzt daran festzuhalten. Es ist kein fairer Weg, Menschen zu behandeln.

Der Mann, der Tausende gespielt hat, um das West End zu retten: Verzweiflung für den Weihnachtslied-Produzenten, dessen mit Stars besetzte Show 24 Stunden lang eröffnet wurde, bevor Tier 3 die Vorhänge schloss … als die Londoner Theater 75 Millionen Pfund an festlichen Einnahmen verlieren

Von Mark Duell für Mail Online

Die Produzenten von West End-Shows, darunter das neue Musical A Christmas Carol, waren heute verzweifelt, als die Theater nach der Entscheidung, London in die dritte Stufe aufzunehmen, vor einer finanziellen Katastrophe standen.

Die Show im Dominion Theatre hatte gestern ihren offiziellen Eröffnungsabend, nur einen Tag bevor sie nach dem heutigen Auftritt geschlossen wurde. Amanda Holden nahm mit ihrer achtjährigen Tochter Hollie an der heutigen Matinee teil.

Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte wurde von Gary England mit dem Musikdirektor Freddie Tapner für das London Musical Theatre Orchestra produziert und ist seit dem 7. Dezember in der Vorschau. Die Show sollte bis zum 2. Januar laufen.

Herr England hatte nicht damit gerechnet, einen Gewinn in der Show zu erzielen, sondern wollte den Menschen in der Branche, von Schauspielern über technische Crews und Bühnentürhüter bis hin zu Mitarbeitern vor dem Haus, helfen, wieder an die Arbeit zu gehen.

Aber es wird heute nur noch zwei weitere Vorstellungen um 15 Uhr und 19.30 Uhr geben – mit Star Brian Conley, der Ebenezer Scrooge spielt und gestern Abend sagte: „Wir haben heute Abend eröffnet. Wir schließen morgen. Was ist das alles über?'

Das denkmalgeschützte Dominion, das 1.000 Plätze für die Show bieten könnte, die Hälfte seiner normalen Kapazität, gehört der in New York ansässigen Nederlander Organization, zu der auch die Theater Aldwych und Adelphi in London gehören.

Der 51-jährige England sagte, es sei eine "Herkulesaufgabe" gewesen, die Show in Gang zu bringen, und es sei ein "äußerst riskantes Geschäft gewesen, aber letztendlich sei es von Herzen gekommen", und fügte hinzu, er sei ein "kommerzieller Produzent" und nicht finanziert von der Arts Council.

In einem Podcast namens Passions am vergangenen Mittwoch fügte Herr England hinzu: "Es ist nicht nur unser Geld, das investiert wird, sondern auch das Geld unserer Investoren, und damit geht offensichtlich ein großes Verantwortungsbewusstsein einher."

Der in Basingstoke ansässige Mr. England übernahm das Projekt nach einem Treffen mit Mr. Tapner im Februar 2019 und wollte ursprünglich ab November 2020 im Londoner Kolosseum mit der English National Opera auftreten.

Dieser Plan wurde jedoch annulliert, weil er kommerziell nicht realisierbar war – und er verlegte ihn stattdessen in das Dominion, nachdem der Veranstaltungsort verfügbar wurde, da die Rückkehr der aktuellen Show The Prince of Egypt bis 2021 verzögert wurde.

Herr England sagte auch, dass es eine "große geschäftliche Denkweise in Bezug auf die Minderung von Risiken und Kosten gegeben habe, weil Sie im Moment keine Versicherung für Covid im Theater abschließen können" und sagte: "Wir haben keinen bodenlosen Topf mit Bargeld."

Er gründete im Oktober mit Herrn Tapner eine Firma namens "Three Ghosts Ltd", aber es wurden noch keine Konten eingereicht. Er sagte, dass Sie "nicht mit der Einstellung darauf gehen, Geld zu verdienen", aber er wollte unbedingt "Schauspielern, technischen Mitarbeitern, Bühnentürhütern, Mitarbeitern vor dem Haus, irgendjemandem in der Branche helfen – wir wollten nur." zurück an die Arbeit'.

Herr England, der verheiratet ist und ursprünglich aus Hinckley, Leicestershire, stammt, hat auch als Hospitality Director der Ascot Racecourse, kaufmännischer Direktor der English National Opera und Verkaufschef im Barbican Centre gearbeitet.

Zu Beginn der zweiten Sperre im November sagte Herr England, das Team habe erwogen, die gesamte Show abzubrechen und 75 Prozent der Kapitalausstattung einzusparen, "aber es fühlte sich verfrüht an und es fühlte sich falsch an, zu diesem Zeitpunkt abzusagen".

Die Kinokassen im West End kosteten im vergangenen Dezember schätzungsweise 75 Millionen Pfund, und die Theaterbesitzer hatten in den letzten Tagen eine enorme Nachfrage nach Eintrittskarten gemeldet. In den Nimax-Veranstaltungsorten fanden in der letzten Woche 42 Vorstellungen von 12 Shows in sechs Theatern statt.

Der Theaterproduzent Gary England hatte nicht damit gerechnet, einen Gewinn in der Show zu erzielen, sondern wollte den Menschen in der Branche, von Schauspielern über technische Crews und Bühnentürhüter bis hin zu Mitarbeitern vor dem Haus, helfen, „wieder an die Arbeit zu gehen“.

Der Theaterproduzent Gary England hatte nicht damit gerechnet, einen Gewinn in der Show zu erzielen, sondern wollte den Menschen in der Branche, von Schauspielern über technische Crews und Bühnentürhüter bis hin zu Mitarbeitern vor dem Haus, helfen, wieder an die Arbeit zu gehen.

Amanda Holden kommt heute Nachmittag mit ihrer Tochter Hollie zur Matinee-Show im Dominion Theatre an

Amanda Holden is pictured arriving with her daughter Hollie for the matinee show at the Dominion Theatre this afternoon

Shows are now suspended, but tickets for some – including A Christmas Carol – are still on sale from Wednesday next week onwards when the next review of tiers is expected, amid faint hopes that London could be moved back down a tier on the day that the five-day Christmas bubbles begin.

Many top West End shows such as The Lion King and Hamilton cost more than £400,000 a week to run, and City brokers Panmure Gordon estimates Tier Three will see London businesses lose £700million before Christmas.

A review in What's On Stage said theatres closing felt a 'very Scrooge-like gesture on the part of a government that has yet to prove they love the arts', while London Theatre Direct said the show 'certified itself as a must-see'.

The show, which had tickets available for today's matinee for between £43.75 to £72.50, also stars Busted singer Matt Willis, EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa, X Factor star Lucie Jones and Sandra Marvin from Emmerdale.

Among the stars attending the UK premiere at the Dominion last night were Jessica Plummer from I'm A Celebrity, comedian Keith Lemon, stylist Gok Wan and TV presenter Emma Willis, who is also the wife of Matt Willis.

Other West End shows which have now been cancelled include: Everybody's Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre), The Elf Who Was Scared of Christmas (Charing Cross Theatre), The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre), Potted Panto (Garrick Theatre), Pantoland (London Palladium), The Comeback (Noel Coward Theatre), Mischief Movie Night (Vaudeville Theatre) and Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert (Sondheim Theatre).

The update comes a day after the Government confirmed that London will move into Tier Three from tomorrow, requiring restaurants, pubs and other leisure and hospitality venues to shut their doors to customers.

Families wait to go inside the Dominion Theatre in London's West End today for the last matinee of A Christmas Carol for now

Families wait to go inside the Dominion Theatre in London's West End today for the last matinee of A Christmas Carol for now

Jessica Plummer

Keith Lemon

Jessica Plummer (left) from I'm A Celebrity and comedian Keith Lemon (right) were at London's Dominion Theatre last night

A Christmas Carol has been on stage at the London Palladium since December 7 but had its official opening night yesterday

A Christmas Carol has been on stage at the London Palladium since December 7 but had its official opening night yesterday

Hand sanitiser and temperature checks were in place before A Christmas Carol at the Dominion Theatre in London last night

Hand sanitiser and temperature checks were in place before A Christmas Carol at the Dominion Theatre in London last night

Emma Willis

Gok Wan

Emma Willis (left), whose husband Matt is in the show, and Gok Wan (right) attend the opening night in London yesterday

Brian Conley, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge, said last night: 'We opened tonight. We close tomorrow. What's that all about?'

Brian Conley, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge, said last night: 'We opened tonight. We close tomorrow. What's that all about?'

The British Beer & Pub Association said in London alone the restrictions will force 1,250 pubs that remained open in Tier Two to close, putting nearly 8,000 more jobs at risk. Under the new restrictions, which also apply to parts of Essex and Hertfordshire, entertainment venues including concert halls, cinemas and museums must also close.

New West End Company, which represents local businesses, said it could not yet put a figure on the total losses that will be caused by the 'hammer blow', but pointed out that 10 per cent of all Londoners work in the West End.

The Dominion Theatre is owned by Nederlander Theatres, a division of the New York-based Nederlander Organization, whose president is James L. Nederlander (above)

The Dominion Theatre is owned by Nederlander Theatres, a division of the New York-based Nederlander Organization, whose president is James L. Nederlander (above)

Footfall in Central London has been significantly weaker this year due to travel restrictions, the enforced closure of shops and venues and guidance for workers to stay at home, with West End landlord Shaftesbury announcing a £699million annual loss today after the pandemic battered rental income and caused property values to plunge.

Jon Ranger, a piano player on A Christmas Carol, said there will be 'no viable way out for theatres' unless the Government changes its policy on live entertainment.

He felt 'a combination of anger, frustration, a bit of hopelessness', saying: 'We fought so hard as an industry to prove that we could open safely and we'd done everything that was asked of us, yet it doesn't seem to be enough.'

Mr Ranger said: 'People's mental health is really important and the reaction we've had from the audiences in previews and last night – last night was the best audience reaction I've ever had on any show that I've ever done, because people need this, they need something to enjoy in their lives and they need something to live for.'

Mr Ranger said that with the extensive planning that is needed to mount a show, theatres need to be allowed to open with more certainty that they will not be 'told with 48 hours' notice 'now you have to close again''.

He added: 'If the Government continue with this attitude and this direction, I don't see a viable way out for theatres in the new year because it's just not a business model that could operate like that.'

The show was written by famed Disney composer Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent and premiered in 1994 at New York's Paramount Theatre before running for more than a decade at Madison Square Garden.

Theatergoers queue outside the London Palladium in the West End today to watch the matinee performance of Pantoland

Theatergoers queue outside the London Palladium in the West End today to watch the matinee performance of Pantoland

People queue outside the London Palladium this afternoon for the penultimate show of Pantoland before theatres close

People queue outside the London Palladium this afternoon for the penultimate show of Pantoland before theatres close

People queue up ahead of the final matinee performance of Pantoland at the London Palladium today before Tier Three starts

People queue up ahead of the final matinee performance of Pantoland at the London Palladium today before Tier Three starts

People wait to get into the London Palladium today to watch Pantoland at the theatre owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber

People wait to get into the London Palladium today to watch Pantoland at the theatre owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber said it seemed 'arbitrary and unfair' to ban performances while shopping was still allowed

Cameron Mackintosh said forcing venues to close was devastating and 'smacked of panic'

Andrew Lloyd Webber (left)r, who owns the London Palladium, said it seemed 'arbitrary and unfair' to ban performances while shopping was still allowed, while Cameron Mackintosh (right) said forcing venues to close 'smacked of panic'

Theatre producer Nica Burns co-owns the Nimax Theatres group, which has hosted 12 shows in six theatres in the last week

Theatre producer Nica Burns co-owns the Nimax Theatres group, which has hosted 12 shows in six theatres in the last week

It comes as Andrew Lloyd Webber said it seemed 'arbitrary and unfair' to ban performances while shopping was still allowed, while Cameron Mackintosh said forcing venues to close was devastating and 'smacked of panic'.

Top West End landlord Shaftesbury plunges to £700million loss as virus hits property valuations

West End landlord Shaftesbury has plummeted to a £699 million annual loss after the pandemic battered rental income and caused property values to plunge.

Shares in the company, whose properties span London's Carnaby Street, Chinatown and Seven Dials, slipped after it swung to the pre-tax loss for the 12 months to September, following a £26 million profit last year.

The company said the loss was driven by a dive in the value of property estate, which is highly exposed to retail and hospitality sectors which have been hit hard by the pandemic.

It said £698.5 million was wiped off the value of its estate, taking its value down 18.3 per cent to £3.1 billion by September. Rental income slumped by 24.2 per cent to £74.3million for the period, Shaftesbury said.

The group's chief executive Brian Bickell said: 'Rarely in history has the world seen such widespread disruption to normal patterns of life. Only now are we seeing the first positive signs that conditions will begin to improve in the year ahead.

'The pandemic has had a significant impact on our performance, particularly during the second half of the financial year, depriving our hospitality and retail occupiers of footfall and trade and resulting in reduced rent collections, increased vacancy, reduced occupier demand and a fall in property valuations. Our key priority has been, and continues to be, supporting our occupiers through this period of disruption.'

Shares in the company were 3.7 per cent lower at 528.5p in early trading today.

Jon Morgan of the Theatres Trust said: 'It is a disaster for London's theatres. Theatres have worked incredibly hard to create safe environments for audiences and through no fault of their own will now face enormous financial losses. They have done so at great risk as it is currently impossible to secure production insurance.'

He said the tier system meant 'more uncertainty and risk for months' and called on the Government to introduce an insurance scheme to support the industry.

Tier Two restrictions had allowed for socially-distanced performances and museums to welcome visitors.

Among shows to be affected by the capital being plunged into Tier Three is Pantoland at the London Palladium, which opened on Saturday starring Julian Clary and Elaine Paige.

Sir Cameron said: 'The sudden volte face in deciding to immediately put London into Tier Three and shut down the West End is devastating for both the theatre and the economy.

'Even worse it smacks of panic and makes all our considerable and costly efforts to ensure the safety of both performers and audiences alike, widely praised by the health authorities, seem worthless. It breaks any sense of trust between us as an industry and the government departments we've been trying to build a rapport with.

“The commercial theater has received practically no support from the Treasury, apart from the offer of quite expensive loans, which, unlike the subsidized theater, we have asked to give personal guarantees for repayment. A lot of us do not want to go into debt to pay for losses caused by diktats completely out of our control.'

Lord Lloyd Webber said: 'Theatres have worked tirelessly to make themselves as Covid safe as possible.

'It does seem arbitrary and unfair that people can jostle uncontrolled in crowded shops yet orderly socially distanced theatre-going is banned.'

Analysis by the Sunday Times Rich List in May suggested Lord Lloyd Webber would take a £20million hit to his fortune due to the coronavirus pandemic, although this figure will have likely increased since. His calculated wealth is said to be £800million.

Theatre producer Sonia Friedman said: 'London going into Tier Three is yet another blow for British theatre – one it simply cannot afford after a brutal year, and one that both could and should have been avoided.

'It feels like a final straw: proof that this government does not understand theatre and the existential crisis it is facing. Its short-sightedness is starting to look like serial mismanagement.'

Michael Harrison, director of the Pantoland pantomime which opened at the London Palladium on Saturday, said he is 'deeply concerned' about the financial impact of Tier Three restrictions on the West End.

A Christmas Carol, which was due to run until January 2, stars entertainer Brian Conley, Busted singer Matt Willis, EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa, X Factor star Lucie Jones and Sandra Marvin from Emmerdale

A Christmas Carol, which was due to run until January 2, stars entertainer Brian Conley, Busted singer Matt Willis, EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa, X Factor star Lucie Jones and Sandra Marvin from Emmerdale

The cast for A Christmas Carol at the Dominion Theatre includes (back row, left to right) Sandra Marvin as Mrs Fezziwig, Matt Jay-Willis as Bob Cratchit, Brian Conley as Ebenezer Scrooge and Lucie Jones as The Ghost of Christmas Past, with (seated, left to right) Jacqueline Jossa as The Ghost of Christmas Future and Cedric Neal as The Ghost of Christmas Present

The cast for A Christmas Carol at the Dominion Theatre includes (back row, left to right) Sandra Marvin as Mrs Fezziwig, Matt Jay-Willis as Bob Cratchit, Brian Conley as Ebenezer Scrooge and Lucie Jones as The Ghost of Christmas Past, with (seated, left to right) Jacqueline Jossa as The Ghost of Christmas Future and Cedric Neal as The Ghost of Christmas Present

Producers posted a message online yesterday saying that the performances at 3pm and 7.3pm today will still be going ahead

Producers posted a message online yesterday saying that the performances at 3pm and 7.3pm today will still be going ahead

People sat outside a pub in the West End of London last night after the announcement that the capital is going into Tier Three

People sat outside a pub in the West End of London last night after the announcement that the capital is going into Tier Three

He added: 'Whilst the safety and health of our visitors, staff and performers is of extreme importance, the Government's yo-yoing approach on advice is frankly appalling.'

Last pints before Christmas! London pubs throw open their doors from 9am and sell beers for 99p hours before the capital is plunged into Tier Three – as landlords warn 160,000 jobs are at risk and sector will lose £2.7bn

Londoners have sat down to enjoy their last pub pints before Christmas – as industry experts warn more than 160,000 jobs in the hospitality industry have been put at risk by the move into Tier Three.

London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will be placed under Tier 3 curbs starting tonight.

Drinkers at a Wetherspoons pub in South West London today

Drinkers at a Wetherspoons pub in South West London today

But hospitality bosses slammed the "catastrophic" decision to move London and parts of its home countries into the higher range of restrictions.

Under the new rules, only businesses offering takeaway and delivery will be allowed to remain open.

The move will wipe off £2.7billion from the hospitality industry in London as pubs, bars and restaurants are forced to close in the last two weeks of the year during what is typically their busiest trading time. They called for an urgent support package for the hospitality sector to help businesses survive.

It came when Londoners started drinking early in pubs all over the capital before the city dips into Tier 3 tonight. Some businesses in the city opened their doors from 9am this morning and Wetherspoons were offering pints for as little as 99p in an attempt to get rid of stock with only hours to go before the shutdown.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their three children, went to watch the pantomime last week.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden was also in attendance. Discussing Mr Dowden's visit, Mr Harrison said he was 'thrilled to see him crying with laughter'.

He added that 'it's just a shame my entire cast and company are now crying because of the Government's decision to put London into Tier Two just 12 days ago encouraging us all to press on with our productions only to realise that was in fact a mistake'.

Miss Paige tweeted: 'Oliver Dowden (the Culture Secretary) saw it for himself. And yet Tubes and flights still allowed? These rules are illogical. The audience response shows how desperate they are for two hours of escapism. If it's so terrible – cancel Christmas!'

Playwright James Graham said the theatre industry has been 'decimated' ahead of the closure of venues.

Entertainment venues in the capital and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will be welcoming visitors for the last time today before new Tier Three restrictions come into force.

Graham, who wrote Ink, This House and The Vote, as well as TV dramas Quiz and Brexit, labelled the move as 'sad'.

He tweeted: 'The largest concentration of theatres on earth managed to open last week, only to close tonight.

'The hope was to revive a decimated sector and tell stories at Christmas. Thousands spent to get Covid secure, closed in blanket measures. So leid. So sad.'

Julian Bird, chief executive of Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, the membership organisations which aim to promote the sector, also said the announcement is bad news for the industry.

'The past few days have seen venues beginning to reopen with high levels of Covid security, welcoming back enthusiastic, socially distanced audiences,' he said.

'Theatres across London will now be forced to postpone or cancel planned performances, causing catastrophic financial difficulties for venues, producers and thousands of industry workers – especially the freelancers who make up 70 per cent of the theatre workforce.

'We urge Government to recognise the huge strain this has placed on the sector and look at rapid compensation to protect theatres and their staff over Christmas in all areas of the country under Tier Three restrictions.'

The Creative Industries Federation said the Tier Three announcement is 'devastating news' for London's creative sector.

A tweet from the trade body said: 'Devastating news for London's £58billion creative sector, particularly for the many who will see a total loss of income due to today's Tier Three announcement.

'Greater support including insurance for those planning future performances and events is needed for all parts of UK facing restrictions.'

The New West End Company, which represents businesses in the area, said they could not yet put a figure on the total losses to companies that will be caused by Tier Three, but pointed out that 10 per cent of all Londoners work in the West End.

Jace Tyrrell, chief executive at New West End Company, said: 'We all recognise that the safety of the public is of paramount importance, and action must be taken to ensure that the infection rate remains low, but these stop start measures are worsening an already catastrophic situation.

'However well telegraphed, yesterday's announcement comes as a hammer blow to the West End's restaurants and hotels. Advising against travel will heap further pressure on retailers that have invested millions in enhanced safety measures and staff training to support trade.

'We call on the Government to provide vital financial support to compensate these viable businesses. For all those Londoners locked down into tier three, our message is that the West End remains safe and open to you, so come and support these retail businesses and help protect local jobs.'

The government is currently distributing its £ 1.57 billion Culture Restoration Fund to the arts sector.

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