CEO of UKHospitality, Kate Nicholls, has highlighted the damaging effect that government restrictions were having on the sector.
Giving evidence to the House of Commons Treasury Committee, Nicholls said that the 10pm curfew was crippling businesses. Declining revenues since the introduction of the curfew have already led to business closures, with the increased potential for further failures.
Staff shifts have had to be removed to accommodate the early closing time, putting workers at further risk of job losses. The ack of staggered closing time in England and Scotland has also created a potentially dangerous pinch point as customers are forced to leave venues en masse.
UKHospitality has called for a complete rethink of the curfew and repeated calls for a comprehensive package of support to safeguard businesses and jobs.
“Businesses are feeling the cumulative impact of all the restrictions placed on them, but they have really suffered since the introduction of the curfew. The curfew has wiped away revenue from businesses that were only just clinging on. For many, it has tipped them into financial ruin,” said Nicholls.
“The regulatory impact on businesses needs to e considered, particularly when so low a number of outbreaks are linked to hospitality. We urge the government to rethink the curfew. We also need an immediate and comprehensive package of support to keep businesses alive and prevent redundancies on a large scale.”