Hospitality bodies warn that any further Covid restrictions will represent a “catastrophe” for UK nightlife.
Several organizations claim that the entire industry is already “on the verge”
UK Hospitality and the Scottish Beer and Pub Association have said that thousands of jobs could be lost and many businesses forced to close if further restrictions or a total lockdown come into effect.
“This is a total catastrophe. Scottish hospitality is already on the brink and cannot look forward with any degree of confidence,” said Willie Macleod of UKHospitality.
“Forced closure will spell the end for many locations that have no cash flow and will have run out of reserves. Severe restrictions on those businesses not required to close will amount to a closure for many. It’s likely to be the last straw for many who were just holding on. We will see companies collapse and many jobs lost, ”Macleod added.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced $ 52 million in support of affected companies, but that “won’t even come close to covering the required layoff contributions for the period, regardless of fixed costs and ongoing inventory,” he said. Emma McClarkin of the Scottish Beer and Pub Association.
Across the rest of the UK, industry bodies expressed concern around 10pm. curfew currently in place in England and Wales, requiring the government to publish scientific evidence to support its decision.
In a letter addressed to Health Secretary Matt Hancock last week, Campaign for Real Ale President Nik Antona said, “Tax collectors who have already spent thousands to secure their Covid-protected premises now face falling commercial levels a following these government decisions, which will undoubtedly lead to final closure. “