By M&C Report team2010-04-19T09:42:00+01:00
Hospitality and retail businesses will benefit from a freeze to the business rates multiplier, though the move announced in chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spending review falls short of wider relief of the controversial levy.
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.
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.
The hospitality sector must mobilise against the government’s “health lobby” in using pubs and restaurants as a scapegoat for transmission “with very little evidence,” CGA vice president and MCA contributing editor Peter Martin has said.
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.
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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