The pub industry is on the front line of health measures in the UK in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and new restrictions come into effect in London on Saturday with a ban on socializing indoors with people outside of one’s home.
The chain of pubs Wetherspoon saw its share plunge by 18% Friday on the stock market after revealing revenues cut by a third on its financial year ended at the end of July.
It also takes its first loss in 36 years because of the closure imposed on restaurants and bars between the end of March and the beginning of July due to the covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement, the thunderous boss of the group, Tim Martin, with well-known pro-Brexit positions, castigates the British government for an initial confinement “much longer than necessary”, questioning the wearing of masks, the ban on crossing Order at bars, and especially the closing at 10 p.m. compulsory since the end of September.
He is arguing for Downing Street to adopt the controversial Swedish-style model of dealing with the pandemic – that is, leaving most businesses open and asking those most at risk to self-confine.
On Thursday, competing group Marston’s announced to cut 2,150 jobs, as new restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus force drinking places to close in the most affected regions, or to reduce their activity and welcome ever more groups. reduced until 10 p.m. at the latest.
The previous week, the Greene King channel announced the loss of 800 jobs.
On Sunday, the nightclub sector association NTIA said it was joining a legal action prepared by other associations in the bar and pub sector to challenge the health restriction measures imposed on their establishments, described as “disproportionate”, “unjust” and with “catastrophic” consequences for the thousands of employees in the sector.