One in 10 UK pubs and restaurants had to close last month


One in 10 pubs and restaurants had to close last month as pingdemic forced staff home just as hospitality trade was re-opening

One in ten hospitality businesses in Britain had to close over the last month as the ‘pingdemic’ had a major impact on staffing levels, an industry expert said today.

The chief executive of UKHospitality highlighted how huge numbers of workers were being told to self-isolate at the same time as the reopening of the hospitality sector.

Kate Nicholls added that one in five firms have had to ‘significantly adjust their offer or services’ to cope with the pandemic as their revenues plunged. 

Kate Nicholls, the chief executive of UKHospitality, highlighted how huge numbers of workers were being told to self-isolate at the same time as the reopening of the hospitality sector

Kate Nicholls, the chief executive of UKHospitality, highlighted how huge numbers of workers were being told to self-isolate at the same time as the reopening of the hospitality sector

Diners enjoy a meal or drink outside in London's Soho over the weekend on Saturday evening

Diners enjoy a meal or drink outside in London's Soho over the weekend on Saturday evening

Diners enjoy a meal or drink outside in London’s Soho over the weekend on Saturday evening

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning: ‘In the last month one in 10 of our businesses have had to close their sites and more importantly one in five have had to significantly adjust their offer or services in order to cope with the pandemic.’

Ms Nicholls added: ‘The pingdemic has hit at the same time as the reopening, they haven’t had time to rebuild cash reserves and so they are in quite a fragile state and the hit to revenues as a result of the pingdemic is running at about 15 to 20 per cent of revenues for those businesses that are affected, so it is a significant suppression just at the point in time when these businesses needed to start recovering from about 16 months worth of closure and restrictions.’

She went on: ‘We are recommending that workers have daily and regular tests and that’s an important part of it for those who are a younger workforce who are through no fault of their own unable to be fully vaccinated by August 16… we are urging the Government to develop a more workable, pragmatic self-isolation policy for those workers that continue to be affected.’



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