All news articles for July 2021

Lockdown easing: pub companies are waiting on updated Government guidance before deciding whether to encourage staff to continue wearing masks (image: Getty/LeoPatrizi)

Pub bosses mull future of masks

By Emily Hawkins

Pub bosses are considering whether or not to ask or require staff to wear face coverings beyond 19 July as 38% say they will ask staff to continue.

Food cost: the increase in the rate of VAT in September will see JD Wetherspoon push its meal prices up (image: Getty/Andrew Brookes)

JDW to increase food prices by 40p per meal

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pub behemoth JD Wetherspoon will be increasing the price of its food by 40p per meal when the VAT rate increases to 12.5% later this year, it announced in a trading update.

Beer boom: ‘It may be that as an operator you are considering running different types of events to not only boost trade, but to attract both existing and new customers back into your venue’ (image: Getty/Aja Koska)

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Top tips: ‘freedom day’ and beer festivals

By Poppleston Allen

The remaining coronavirus restrictions are due to be lifted on the 19 July and it is likely all operators will be looking at alternative ways of maximising trade after such long periods of closure and restrictions being in place.

Self-isolation: staff have been required to stay at home after being alerted by the NHS Covid app that they have come into contact with an infectious person (image: MmeEmil / Getty)

Sector underwhelmed by changes to self-isolation

By Emily Hawkins

Pub bosses have called on the Government to urgently review self-isolation rules for those notified they have been in contact with someone that has tested positive for Covid.