Pubs and Restaurants Instructed to Close in the UK

Pubs, restaurants and cafes have been instructed to close their doors to the public. How the hospitality sector is being hit by COVID-19 measures.

The fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to hit the hospitality sector hard. With many already being forced to close due to staff shortages and lack of customers the latest advice means that the remaining pubs, restaurants and other establishments have no choice but to close to aid in social distancing.

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What’s happened?

On Friday 20th March, the government recommended that to implement the social distancing needed to control the spread of coronavirus all pubs, restaurants (including hotel and club restaurants), cafes (including workplace canteens), bars. In addition, cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, bingo and concert halls, museums and galleries, casinos, betting shops, spas and gyms have been asked to close their doors.

The latest government announcement on Monday 23rd March has announced even stricter social distancing rules, and only essential journeys should be taken. Leading up to the announcement, many big names decided to close their doors even for delivery, including McDonald’s, KFC and Costa.

How long will we be closed?  

The government is currently advising that from Saturday 21st March, all the businesses outlined should not open for trade. These measures will be reviewed every 28 days to consider their necessity and effectiveness. So, unfortunately, at this time none of us know how long this is likely to go on for. New support measures are being announced frequently, so it’s important to keep up to date with the latest government information.

Please remember that everyone has a duty to comply with the government advice, and closures are now enforceable by law. Businesses found to be in breach will be subject to prohibition notices and unlimited fines. So, it’s also important to remain compliant.

What support is there?

There has been a range of support measures announced recently that will help businesses survive the financial impact. There are measures in place to support wages, cash-flow for businesses and the welfare system. The government have said they will pay 80% of wages for employees who are not able to work and urges businesses to look to the support measures if they or their teams are likely to be affected.

There is also business support in the form of cash grants in England for businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure and business rates holiday for the same group. The business rate holiday will be automatically applied to your next business rates bill in April.

Individual companies that support the hospitality industry are also looking for ways they can offer support at this time. CPL Learning is offering free courses to anyone in the hospitality, leisure or retail sectors who could benefit from our Coronavirus – Taking Proactive Action, Mental Health Champion or Personal Resilience e-learning courses.

We are also now offering a 75% discount on a huge range of additional online courses to help teams stay engaged, focused and upskill.

In this ever-changing situation there are changes daily, so please keep informed and follow the updates given by the government. You can also follow our social channels for more course and learning and development updates.

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