Indoor hospitality can reopen in England next week

The UK government has confirmed bars across England will be allowed to reopen for indoor trading from 17 May. In an update to the nation yesterday (Monday 10 May), UK prime minister Boris Johnson said indoor drinking and dining would be allowed to resume from next Monday, with social distancing measures in place. Up to six people, or two households, will be allowed to meet indoors, while the outdoor rules will be extended to allow…

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UK hospitality sector suffers £80.8bn loss

The UK hospitality industry has seen sales plummet by £80.8 billion (US$112bn) over the last 12 months, according to new data. Data from the UK Hospitality Quarterly Tracker with CGA reported sales from the start of April 2020 to the end of March 2021 dropped to £46bn (US$63.8bn), a decline of 64% from £126.8bn (US$175.8bn) for the previous 12 months. UK Hospitality said the £80.8bn decrease was equivalent to £220m (US$305m) of sales lost every…

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Plans to add calories to on-trade alcohol ‘absurd’

Trade groups have hit out at a reported proposal to display calories on alcohol sold by large bar and pub operators, with UK Hospitality calling the move “absurd”. In July 2020, the UK government revealed plans to launch a consultation into whether alcoholic beverages should provide calorie information to tackle obesity. The government is considering whether venues with 250 or more employees should display calories on the beer, wine and spirits they serve. A government spokesperson said:…

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Lockdowns cost on-trade 600,000 jobs

The UK hospitality sector has seen 600,000 jobs lost in the last year because of lockdown orders and thousands more are at risk if the nation reopens too late, trade body UK Hospitality has warned. According to figures released by trade body UK Hospitality, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the on-trade has cost more than 600,000 jobs and the closure of more than 12,000 businesses. In total, the sector has also witnessed an…

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Pavement licences extended to help on-trade reopen

The UK government plans to extend the provision of pavement licences for pubs and bars to allow more venues to serve drinkers outdoors once lockdown measures ease. Under the proposed easing of lockdown measures in England, hospitality venues would be able to serve people outdoors only from 12 April. To support the reopening of more on-trade venues as restrictions lift, the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, Robert Jenrick, has announced plans…

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