England to close bars in second lockdown

Bars, pubs and restaurants in England will be forced to shut on Thursday (5 November) as the country enters a second national lockdown in an attempt to stem the spread of Covid-19. During a news conference on Saturday (31 October), prime minister Boris Johnson announced new measures to mitigate the increase in coronavirus cases across England. On 30 October there were 12,317 new cases of Covid-19 across England. The lockdown is due to end on…

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UK govt to pay wages as on-trade ordered to close

The UK government will pay 80% of wages for employees who are not working, up to £2,500 (US$2,900) a month, as on-trade venues and shops nationwide are ordered to close from tonight (20 March). UK chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed “unprecedented measures” to help those whose jobs are at risk through the coronavirus job retention scheme. The scheme will offer grants to any employer in the UK and will cover the cost of wages backdated to…

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On-trade urges UK govt to formally close venues

The UK government has come under fire for its “dangerous and cowardly” decision to not formally close pubs, bars and restaurants during the coronavirus outbreak as it means hospitality venues cannot claim insurance if they shut. In the first daily televised coronavirus update in the UK yesterday (Monday 17 March), UK prime minister Boris Johnson warned the British public to avoid pubs, clubs and social venues in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus…

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Boris Johnson: ‘Avoid pubs, clubs and social venues’

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has warned the British public avoid pubs, clubs and social venues in a bid to mitigate the impact of coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases escalates. Speaking in the first daily coronavirus update, Johnson said the UK should stop non-essential contact with others and all unnecessary travel. He advised this was particularly important for those aged over 70, pregnant women and anyone with underlying health conditions. “Now is the…

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How the Tories’ election victory could impact UK spirits

What does the recent Conservative victory in the UK’s general election mean for the country’s spirits brands, especially with a Budget looming this year? The Spirits Business asks industry insiders what might happen next. The end of 2019 saw the UK take part in what was billed the most important general election in a generation. Run ahead of schedule, it was triggered after a period of parliamentary deadlock on how to proceed with Brexit –…

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