UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has launched his ‘Covid Winter Plan’, with new rules for the hospitality sector yesterday described as a necessity in order to carry the country “safely to spring”.

Last orders for bars and restaurants will be made at 10pm, although pubs in tiers 1 and 2 can remain open to customers for a further hour. Businesses in tier two are restricted to serving alcohol only alongside “substantial meals”, while tier 3 will be permitted to provide takeaway only.

UKHospitality has accused the government of failing to recognise that for many staff in the sector, this will be a Christmas “out of work”, and that only a fraction of cases have been linked to the sector, which can provide safe environments for customers and staff.

Hospitality market research company CGA conducted a survey on behalf which revealed that by February 2021, over 750,000 hospitality employees will face redundancy.

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