More than 200,000 back minister for hospitality

A petition to create a minister for hospitality in the UK government has surpassed 200,000 signatures and parliament will debate the matter today (11 January). The petition, which can be followed on social media using the hashtag #seatatthetable, was launched in October 2020 and had gained the support of 204,951 signatures at the time of writing. The petition will be debated at 4.30pm GMT. Petitions need 100,000 signatures to qualify for a parliamentary debate. It…

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Hospitality suffers worst December ‘in living memory’

Scottish hospitality venues lost £12,000 (US$16,000) in revenue every week during the “worst December’s trading in living memory”, according to a trade group. A trading update from the Scottish Hospitality Group (SHG) found that its members took in just 20% of their 2020 earnings during the festive period due to Covid-19 restrictions. In previous years, bars would often earn 30% of their annual takings during December. On average, venues missed out on £12,000 per week,…

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Second hospitality protest to be held next week

Hospitality workers will stage a second peaceful protest in London on Monday urging the UK government to rethink its tougher tier restrictions. The event will be the second Hospo Demo protest, following the first in October held in objection to the 10pm curfew in England and a lack of industry-specific support. The inaugural Hospo Demo protest attracted hundreds of industry attendees, including bartenders Sly Augustin, Alex Kratena and Alessandro Palazzi, and chefs Jason Atherton, Tom…

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Three-tier system will close 50,000 English bars

More than 50,000 on-trade venues in England will be unable to operate under tougher tier restrictions when lockdown ends this week. Once the lockdown in England ends on 2 December, the UK government will enforce a tougher three-tier system, which will see bars and pubs in tier two regions only trading if customers have a ‘substantial meal’. In tier three, bars and pubs must shut and can only offer takeaway services. According to the latest…

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Hospitality industry faces £7.8bn loss due to tier system

The hospitality industry will lose an estimated £7.8 billion (US$10.4bn) in sales if the new tier system is enforced in England next month, according to trade body UK Hospitality. This week, UK prime minister Boris Johnson announced a strengthened three-tier system that will be enforced once England’s second lockdown ends on 2 December. The enhanced restrictions will see bars and pubs in tier two regions only trading if serving substantial meals. In tier three, bars…

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