Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce extra money for pubs and restaurants affected by new coronavirus restrictions so they can get through Christmas.
The Prime Minister could announce the additional money for pubs and restaurants as early as tomorrow (Tuesday) to get rebellious Tory MPs to vote on new coronavirus restrictions.
The government's new tiered coronavirus system will cut revenues for pubs and restaurants, 98 percent of which will be in either Tier 2 or Tier 3, half of which means £ 7.8 billion in income losses, according to trade organization UKHospitality .
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A government source told the Telegraph: "There are already £ 2,000 and £ 3,000 grants in place for Tier 2 and 3 businesses, but we realize we need to do more."
The new tiered system, which has been described as the cause of death for thousands of pubs and restaurants, requires that all premises in Tier 3 offer only take-away service, while those in Tier 2 can only serve alcohol with "substantial meals" – restrictions that doing this applies to 99 percent of the UK.
Ian Payne, chairman of Stonegate, the UK's largest pubs group with around 4,300 venues, told the Sunday Times that pubs "feel like scapegoats without the evidence of what the government is doing," blaming the "forces of evil "also known as Boris Johnson".
Payne said, "There's no scientific evidence that pubs or restaurants are responsible for more than 3 percent of the outbreaks."
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UKHospitality says coronavirus restrictions have made 89 percent of pubs and restaurants unprofitable as a business. 25,000 venues have closed permanently since the first lockdown in March. Another 30,000 have yet to be reopened.
Kate Nicholls, UKHospitality executive director, told the Sunday Times. "We're going to walk through the smoldering ruins of an industry that was the third largest in the UK."
In response, UKHospitality has asked the government to pass the French hospitality bailout, which will reimburse venues that are forced to close 20 percent of sales expected in the run-up to Christmas, based on previous year's figures are capped at 10,000 euros (8,980 GBP). .
A bit of Christmas cheer for the hospitality sector is that more than 6.3 million people told recruiting site Caterer.com they would skip traditional home-cooked food on Christmas Day to dine out during the five-day "truce" of the coronavirus on May 23. December.
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