Legislation

Breaking news: the voluntary guidance will now be a requirement

Contact tracing to be mandatory for pubs

By Emily Hawkins

Taking customer contact details will be made a mandatory requirement for pubs and bars and venues that do not follow coronavirus guidance will be fined, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced.

'Unreasonable and unsustainable': a group formed by the tenants of 202 pubs owned by Global Mutual will deliver a letter to Small Firms Minister Paul Scully

Tenants to protest pub-owning hedge fund’s rent relief

By Stuart Stone

A group formed by the tenants of 202 pubs owned by Global Mutual will march on Whitehall to deliver a letter to Small Firms Minister Paul Scully today (9 September) despite the hedge fund stating that it has provided £4.4m worth of pandemic support thus...

Support needed: pub businesses closed in local lockdowns should receive support with rent, debt and other costs, sector voices have said (image: JThomas, Geograph)

Industry calls for Bolton pub support package

By Emily Hawkins

A number of pub sector trade bodies have called on the Government to issue financial support for venues in Bolton following the forced closure of its hospitality businesses.

Bolton restrictions: the Government has ordered all pubs in the town to close for eating or drinking in

Bolton pubs limited to takeaways

By Emily Hawkins

Pubs in the Greater Manchester town of Bolton will only be allowed to operate as takeaways in a tightening of local coronavirus restrictions there.

Government clarification: pubs have been advised they should not be hosting karaoke events just yet.

Pubs 'should not host karaoke'

By Emily Hawkins

Pubs should still not host karaoke events amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has advised.

Commuter exodus: A stronger message is needed to encourage people back into London, chief executives have urged in a letter to the Prime Minister and Mayor of London

'London is open' message desperately needed, CEOs urge

By Emily Hawkins

Commuters, tourists and residents need to be encouraged to get back to drinking and dining in the capital to secure the recovery of hospitality there, chief executives have said in a letter to the Prime Minister and Mayor of London.

Drinking dens: wet-led pubs have said they would like to see the Government offer them more support going into the autumn

'Trade has dipped on Eat Out To Help Out days'

By Emily Hawkins

Wet-led operators have said they are worried about the future of their businesses going into the autumn and called on the Government to extend support for community pubs.

Trade insight: operators have told of their despair around the lack of clarity as to when late-night venues can reopen

Lights out for late night?

By Georgia Cronin, MCA

Having already provided your full name and contact details, you pass by the thermal imaging camera and through the personal protection tunnel, where you remain for five seconds to ensure the chlorine dioxide has thoroughly disinfected your clothes and...

Radio silence: the Government has yet to reveal when late-night venues can resume trading

Still no clarity on nightclub reopening date

By Nikkie Thatcher

While the Government has announced a slew of hospitality businesses can now reopen, it has remained tight-lipped on when the late-night sector venues can trade again.

Official recession: the economy shrank by 20.4% versus the first three months of the year during April, May and June as a result of Covid-19 lockdown measures

UK enters first recession in 11 years

By Stuart Stone

The UK economy has slipped into its first technical recession since 2009 after suffering its biggest slump on record as a knock-on effect of Covid-19 lockdown measures.

Pubs leading the way: pubs have been more likely to reopen than restaurant businesses, according to data from CGA

Pub reopenings outstrip restaurants

By Emily Hawkins

Pubs are leading the way in hospitality sector reopenings despite only two thirds of licensed premises resuming trade before the end of July.

National priority: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said there was a 'moral duty' to get children back into classrooms in September

Boris Johnson would close pubs before schools in severe local lockdowns

By Nikkie Thatcher

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has labelled getting children back in schools “a moral duty” amid suggestions that he would force the closure of pubs, restaurants and shops ahead of shutting schools in the event of severe local spikes in coronavirus cases.

Action needed: the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has been urged to negotiate fair reductions with ratepayers

'Wartime footing’ as business rates appeals soar

By Emily Hawkins

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has revealed that almost 145,000 businesses registered to begin the process of challenging their property valuations during April, May and June.