Pub and restaurant owners were disappointed and reacted to the government’s Covid Winter Plan B. The plan is expected to resume work at home, reintroduce face masks, and increase social distance indoors.
Health Minister Sajid Javid launched an emergency response at Commons on Tuesday, after the blockade was lifted in July, before Boris Johnson made its first public update on the virus.
“Responsible governments need to be prepared for all contingencies. These measures aren’t what everyone wants, but they need to be prepared in case,” Javid said.
Hospitality operators warned that winter Covid measures would hurt already vulnerable industries and sought financial support in the event of trade turmoil.
David Wolanski, co-owner of the modern chicken shop Chick’n’Sours, said: Me: “We closed one of our sites because we couldn’t afford to keep them open due to a pandemic.
“Our neighborhood site is doing well, but our restaurant in Covent Garden relies on commuters and tourists.
“Social distance from home and bringing back work will be a big problem. Every time you start to recover, the ball will be kicked again. With a little light at the end of the tunnel, it will darken again.
“We were able to deal with social distance and outdoor seating masks. It compensates and balances things a bit, but in winter it’s not really an option.”
Hospitality leaders are also concerned about the potential for vaccine passports. The government has not yet provided a clear and clear answer as to whether and where a vaccine passport is needed.
Adam Brooks, who owns a pub in Essex, said Me: “I don’t think the government is stupid enough to destroy a company with a vaccine passport, but I’m still worried.
“If they come in, the cost will be too high and it won’t work. We will lose the pub and we will lose the job.
“I’m really worried about masks and social distance. These are harmful measures and hurt us.
“I’m still paying the blocked rent delinquency. I’m paying the business fee again. I’ve repaid the loan. If the government needs to go this way, we need compensation. Will – financial assistance again. I don’t have the money to do it, do you have it? “
Kate Nicholls, CEO of UK Hospitality, said:
“Hospitality facilities are still vulnerable and have a lot of debt. If we retreat in the coming months, more businesses will be closed.
“We must warn the government that the introduction of these measures left for this winter will have a significant and dramatic impact on the sector.”
Me I contacted the Treasury for comment.