All news articles for September 2020

Big penalties: businesses have been told they must not break new Covid-secure laws or risk fines of up to £10,000

Fines of up to £10k for rule breaches

By Emily Hawkins

Pubs could be fined up to £10,000 for failing to abide by Covid-secure regulations, the Prime Minister has outlined today (Tuesday 22 September).

Sector impact: the planned 10pm curfew for pubs and bars is a blow to the sector, trade voices have said

What impact will a 10pm curfew have on pubs?

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pub operators and trade bodies have reacted to the proposed 10pm curfew on pubs, predicting a “devastating impact in an already challenging environment” and urging the Government for further financial aid.

Operator view: 'the badly operated businesses won’t suddenly become sensible operators until 10pm every day'


'Guests as safe at 11pm as as at noon'

By Cheryl Hickman, the Bull at Barton Mills, Suffolk

We have been following all of the guidance to keep our team and customers safe from the beginning. We’ve faced abuse from people who think it’s all a load or rubbish and had to turn people away that refused to give details - not by law, by choice.

Following rules: 'pubs have complied with everything that’s been asked of them' says The Morning Advertiser editor Ed Bedington


Hammer blow for pubs flies in the face of logic

By Ed Bedington

It’s 10pm on a Friday night, the pubs have switched off the lights, barred the doors and the crowds are now heaving on the streets, mingling, singing, hugging and inviting each other back for impromptu house parties...

Job loss: up to 450 roles in JDW's airport sites could be at risk

400 possible redundancies at JDW airport pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pub staff at JD Wetherspoon (JDW)'s airport sites have been told a possible 400 to 450 roles are at risk of redundancy due to a drop in passenger numbers, it has announced.

Up to 6,000 jobs cut: 'these changes create a more flexible labour model that can adapt with changes in the demand environment going forward,' Whitbread said of redundancy proposals

Whitbread to cut 6,000 jobs

By Stuart Stone

The operator behind brands such as Brewers Fayre, Beefeater and Premier Inn has announced that as many as 6,000 members of staff could face redundancy following a collapse in sales during the coronavirus crisis.

Increased risk: the UK alert level has risen from three to four

Government 10pm curfew 'crushing blow'

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Government's plan to impose a 10pm curfew to all pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality businesses has been labelled 'a crushing blow' for trade.

Answers soon: Health Secretary Matt Hancock said today pub operators would have more information on further restrictions in the

Health secretary refuses to rule out pub closures

By Emily Hawkins

Health secretary Matt Hancock said the sector would be given answers in the "very near future" in response to a question about whether pub operators should prepare for closures.

Return: Asahi brings back Grolsch

Grolsch makes UK return

By Nicholas Robinson

Grolsch will return to the UK on-trade after its 35-year presence here ended last November.

Support urged: a publican has shared her anxiety about further coronavirus restrictions.

Pubs 'scapegoat' for second wave, publican says

By Emily Hawkins

An operator in one of the areas of England hit by localised coronavirus measures has shared her anxiety about worsening trade and uncertainty over further restrictions.

Restrictions eased: since pubs reopened on 4 July, schools and universities have also reopened and the public has been encouraged to return to work

How many coronavirus cases since pubs reopened?

By Nikkie Thatcher

With Government and health experts seemingly pointing the finger at pubs, The Morning Advertiser analyses the number of coronavirus cases reported since the sector reopened up until 15 September.


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