The news earlier today that London was being moved into the government’s Tier 2 Covid-19 lockdown category has been greeted with widespread fear for the capital’s economy.
The hospitality industry in London already faces immense trading difficulty, the government’s next step was met with dismay from across the hospitality industry.
Moving London into tier 2 will be catastrophic for its hospitality businesses, unless improved job support and grants are made available immediately, UKHospitality has warned.
The trade body has warned that, unless tier 3 job support is applied to those businesses in tier 2, the sector is facing widespread job losses within weeks.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “Being moved into tier 2 is a curse for businesses. They will be trapped in a no man’s land of being open, but with severe restrictions that will significantly hit custom, all while unable to access the job support available in tier 3. It is the worst of both worlds for businesses.
“Venues in London have already taken a hit due to the dip in inbound tourism and with people increasingly working from home. A move into tier 2 will now be catastrophic for some of them and it is only going to be made worse by the end of the furlough scheme in under two weeks.
“The Government must remove employer contributions from the Job Support Scheme for hospitality or apply tier 3 job support to tier 2 businesses. If it does not, we are looking at catastrophic businesses closures and widespread job losses in the capital as early as 1 November.”
The latest news follows hot on the heels of pub groups announcing laying off workers, including more than 2,000 at Marston’s.
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