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    Tightened tier system a “straitjacket on hospitality” and “will destroy sector”


    The proposed tightened tiered system is a “straitjacket” on hospitality businesses and will destroy the sector if they go ahead, industry trade bodies have warned.

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    Johnson confirms tighter tiering and enhanced hospitality restrictions


    The restrictions on hospitality in tiers 2 and 3 are to be increased on 3 December and more areas are likely to exit lockdown into the higher alert levels, the Prime Minister has announced. Speaking via video link to the Commons today, Johnson confirmed that lockdown restrictions will be lifted on 2 December and will not be renewed, but the country will enter a tightened regional tiered approach. As has been speculated over the weekend, pubs and bars in tier 2 areas will be required to close unless operating as restaurants – serving alcohol with a ‘substantial meal’ – and in tier 3, all hospitality businesses will be closed with the exception of takeaway, drive-through and delivery. One marginal positive for businesses in tiers 1 and 2 is a revision of the 10pm curfew, which will be extended until 11pm – with last orders now at 10pm rather than complete closure.

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    Jobs bonus removal leaves £2.1bn black hole


    UKHospitality has written to the chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak warning that additional financial support is absolutely vital to ensure hospitality businesses survive a bleak winter and be in a position to help power economic growth next year.

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    Pubs and restaurants face tougher restrictions


    Pubs and restaurants face tougher restrictions under the new tier system set to be announced by Boris Johnson today.

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    10pm curfew to be relaxed


    Chancellor Rishi Sunak suggested the 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants will be lifted after lockdown, but warned that areas should prepare for tougher local restrictions. 

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    HMRC asks operators to check EOHO claims


    HMRC is beginning to write to selected Eat Out to Help Out (EOHO) claimants to ask them to check their claims under the scheme.

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    Legal challenge to curfew set for second court hearing


    A legal challenge to the 10pm curfew in England is set for a second court hearing at the beginning of next month.

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    UK Hospitality CEO Kate Nicholls: Sector ‘back into intensive care’ because of second lockdown


    It is “imperative” that the second national lockdown is time limited so hospitality businesses burning through cash reserves can “gain some income during December,” UK Hospitality CEO Kate Nicholls has warned.

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    West and central Scotland to face toughest restrictions in three-week lockdown


    Pubs and restaurants will be required to close in a further 11 areas in Scotland as part of a “short, sharp” move to level 4, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

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    Stricter tiers needed to control virus


    A stricter tier system that bans indoor socialising over winter will be needed to replace national lockdown next month, a government scientific adviser has warned.

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    Phased reopening set out for Northern Ireland hospitality


    Hospitality business in Northern Ireland are to remain closed until at least the 20 November as the country’s ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown is extended another week. Leaders announced yesterday (12 November) that unlicensed premises, including cafes and coffee shops, will be permitted to reopen from next Friday with an 8pm curfew, and pubs and bars will be able to sell sealed off-sales.

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    Sunak denies dropping hints on EOHO


    Rishi Sunak has downplayed suggestions that he hinted plans to bring back the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

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    Wetherspoons sales hit by 'baffling' and 'questionable' restrictions


    Wetherspoons sales were significantly lower in October than previous months as the imposition of new restrictions took its toll, the business has revealed in a trading update today.

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    Sacha Lord: ‘This is government’s last chance to take the sector seriously’


    Sacha Lord has called on government to work collaboratively with the sector and rethink its post-lockdown hospitality restrictions.

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    Operators call for EIS incentives to help rebuild sector


    London hospitality operators including The Piano Works, Kerb and bar business Lolipop have called on government to adapt the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) to help rebuild the sector. In a letter to chancellor Rishi Sunak seen by City AM, the businesses outlined proposals of an “equity alternative” to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, which would use tax relief to incentivise investors to support industry recovery.

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    Starmer calls for staggered closing times


    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for a rethink of the 10pm hospitality curfew when lockdown ends in England.

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    Relaxed takeaway regulations could become permanent


    Relaxed regulations that allow pubs and restaurants to sell takeaway food and alcohol could become permanent, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has said.

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    Furlough extended until March


    The government’s furlough scheme will be extended until the end of March, chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.

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    Takeaway alcohol U-turn a “lifeline” but “not anywhere near enough”


    The government’s U-turn on its ban on takeaway beer from pubs during lockdown has been welcomed by the industry ahead of tomorrow’s restrictions, but concerns have been raised as to how it compares to off-trade restrictions.

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    Wales relaxes lockdown rules


    Groups of four people from different households will be allowed to meet indoors at pubs, cafes and restaurants after Wales’ firebreak lockdown ends.