Pete Holt, the boss of the past ten years, said that the government’s holiday allowance to employees was a “gift of heaven.” But in the end, it was the landlord’s decision to give up the rent during the lock-in period that allowed the business to continue operating.
Holt said: “This saves us from complete destruction.”
These may not sound like major changes. But for a struggling bar, this may be the last nail in the coffin.Industry groups say Shorter services and higher costs put thousands of jobs at risk and threaten institutions This is the core of British life.
Tim Martin, the founder and chairman of the Wetherspoon bar chain, told CNN Business: “I think this will be the straw for the camel to face many people.”
“The Cornerstone of British Society”
“Bars are actually the cornerstone of British society,” said Peter Brown, author of “Bars: A Cultural Institution.” “This is not just a place to have a drink.”
This means that when the British government ordered all pubs to close in March (for the first time in the country’s history), many British people were upset. During World War I and World War II, the bar was always open to improve morale.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a press conference: “I do accept what we are doing is extraordinary.” “We are depriving freely born people in Britain of the ancient and inalienable right to go to bars. I Understand what people think about it.”
Analysis by the consulting agency CGA shows that since the government approved the green light on July 4, the remaining approximately 90% of bars in the country have reopened. However, there are already deep scars here.
Martin of Wethersburn said: “When the bar closed, they suffered a brutal blow without notice.” “The way it did so caused a lot of problems and caused tens of millions of pounds of inventory loss.”
Holt of the Southampton Armed Forces said he was “very worried” about the new restrictions.He said that mandatory table service will force him to increase the number of people working in shifts, increase labor costs, and must shut down as soon as possible. It means losing valuable business.
He said: “We are already trying to achieve a balance of payments.” “Without further support from the landlord, this would be impossible.”
Darren Wilton, owner of Old Neptune in Whitstable, said that summer has been very busy. This bar is located on the beach and has plenty of outdoor space, and months of good weather also helped it. But he worried about autumn and winter.
Wilton said: “This will be devastating for us and many other companies.” He pointed out that the inner space of the old Neptune was not designed for social purposes. “Our rooms are small, now we have fewer rooms. People can’t come in and sit in the bar.”
In addition to the 10:00 pm closing time and the required table service, bars in England are also facing new regulations on how to register customers at the door. Now, the law also requires customers and staff to wear masks when eating or drinking inside.
Given the shocking trajectory of coronavirus cases, it is vital for the Johnson administration to justify the new restrictions.
The country’s chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser told the public this week that the number of infections doubles every seven days and warned that without further intervention, the UK infection rate could rise from 6,178 cases recorded on Wednesday to 50,000 cases per day. In October.
The tavern owner admitted that the health crisis was worsening. But many people think it is wrong to target them and point out that this may cause more people to gather in private spaces like houses.
Martin of Weatherspoon said: “I don’t think many scientists believe that a curfew will bring the virus under control.” “This is illogical.”
The chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, Emma McClarkin, said in a statement, “It seems that there is very little evidence that bars that strictly follow government guidelines are unsafe.”
She said: “Critters have been struggling to achieve break-even before today, and these latest restrictions will push them to a tipping point.” “Cancelled on the basis of fragile consumer confidence and the reduction in bar capacity already faced. The key transaction time will put thousands of bars and jobs at risk.”
So far, many bars have been making a living with the help of the government. The government has provided small businesses with a one-off £10,000 (US$12,728) grant and tax relief. Aware of the impact of the new measures, Finance Minister Rishi Sunak announced a new wage subsidy and loan program on Thursday, and said that it will cut the hotel industry’s business tax by 15% until March 2021.
Real estate consultant Altus Group stated that due to this action, the permanent closure actually started after 2019. However, the number of bars that are expected to be permanently closed is now expected to accelerate, especially considering the uncertainty of the uncertain booking season of Christmas.
The historian Brown said: “We will not see the death of the bar here.” “But we are talking about the reduction in numbers.”