Leading figures from the hospitality industry were among hundreds who converged on Parliament Square yesterday to protest latest Government restrictions on the industry.

HospoDemo protestors were dressed in uniform to represent their respective trades and equipped themselves with pots, pans, cocktail shakers all used to make sure the industry was heard.

Yottam Ottolenghi, Jason Atherton, Tom Aikens and Jillian MacLean (CEO of Drake & Morgan) all joined the demonstration to urge the Government to review its policies relating to hospitality venues, both in terms of restrictions and industry specific support.

HospoDemo founder and industry marketer, Rachel Harty said: “To see so many from our industry come together on Parliament Square this morning was extremely powerful. We’ve been dealt some heavy blows over the past six months and we are looking at a bleak future if the Government does not revise its policies relating to the hospitality industry. Without enhanced financial support and additional government contributions to the Job Support Scheme we are going to see many businesses fall by the wayside.

“In 2020 the sector is expecting a £73 billion drop in revenue and with 1.3 billion employees still on the furlough scheme as of the beginning of this month we’re looking at mass unemployment without more support. We certainly made some noise this morning and we hope it has an impact.”

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I support those from across our hospitality sector protesting today deeply anxious about their future.

“The huge failures in the test and trace system have meant that further COVID restrictions are now necessary, but our bars, restaurants and other venues must now get the extra financial support they need urgently to stay afloat.

“The 80% furlough scheme was a lifeline for many businesses at the start of the pandemic, and it is this level of support London’s hospitality sector now needs to prevent further widespread unemployment and ensure this world-leading sector can return to business when the virus is under control.

“Until the government gets a grip on this virus, ministers have an obligation to give businesses the support they need to survive while restrictions remain in place.”