Coronavirus UK News on January 22, 2021: Coronavirus Puts Pressure on Pubs
The Coronavirus crisis is hitting the British pub scene hard. According to a study, 6,000 restaurants in the kingdom had to throw in the towel. Experts assume that many more will follow.
According to a study, the corona pandemic means the end of thousands of pubs, bars, and restaurants in Great Britain. The bottom line is that almost 6000 companies have closed, according to the management consultancy AlixPartners and the industry analyst CGA. That is about three times as many as in 2019. The reason is above all the corona restrictions with bans on celebrations and social events.
"Unfortunately, it will inevitably hit thousands more," said Karl Chessell of CGA. The industry association UK Hospitality was alarmed. "The loss of 6,000 businesses is a terrible blow to the industry, but that's only the tip of the iceberg if we stay on course," said Kate Nicholls, the association's chief executive.
According to a survey, every fifth company has no reserves to get through February. Nicholls asked for more financial support, especially rents were a significant burden. "Keeping businesses alive and protecting jobs is vital and will be key to post-pandemic recovery," said Nicholls.
CGA expert Chessell was nevertheless optimistic and referred to the progress in mass vaccinations. "People are dying to go out to eat and drink again, and we can be sure that when the industry can finally reopen, traffic and sales will return," he said. However, the outlook remains bleak. Scientists are already calling for bars and restaurants to be closed until at least May. Otherwise, there is a risk that new infections will skyrocket again if restaurants are opened too quickly.
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