Thousands of pubs, bars, nightclubs and gig venues will not survive until new state support such as carnavirus-prevention measures such as local lockdowns and evening curfews, the UK government has been warned.
According to analysts CGA and Alex Partners, four of the UK’s 115,000 licensed premises still did not reopen in late August after restrictions were imposed on the inclusion of Covid-19.
Amid growing concerns about the rising infection rate, a ban on gatherings of more than six people across England came into effect on Monday, while Scotland and Wales have their own revised restrictions.
The move, in conjunction with local lockdowns, raises fears that there could be a resumption of business operations, especially if rumors of a 10pm curfew in England – or even 9pm in Scotland – come true.
Richard Natris, who runs Little Angel in Whitby, North Yorkshire, said the recent lockout would put a damper on short-term business, leaving employees with insufficient wages for government subsidies for affected businesses.
“Middlesbrough is our concern because it grew a lot and a lot of people come down from there for drinks,” Natris said.
“If they bring it [coronavirus] To Whitby, no one knows how fast it has become before we all shut down.
“If that happens after October [when the furlough scheme ends] They are willing to pay us £ 1,500 every three weeks but it pays no one.
“This only happens when you see redundant workers being laid off too quickly.”
Liz Hind, the mother of the Old Milwaukee Arms in Buckinghamshire’s Aylesbury, says she’s already feeling the pinch about getting up from eating to help tear down the scheme.
“The new rules will come on Monday and my parties have been canceled because there can be no more than six people inside or outside them,” he said.
“We know we need to do something and we may need to stop again for the sake of public health, but we should not give up if need be.
“I live on top of the pub, so if I lose it, I’ll lose my house because it’s a commercial complex, so I don’t even get covered by the eviction law. It’s impassive. “
The former Labor parliamentary candidate has called on the Hindu government to heed the opposition’s call to expand the Fallo scheme to support the pub and bar.
Paul Crossman, who runs three pubs in York, supported the proposal.
“People are limiting their stocks, so now any more lockdowns will be nailed to the coffins of the operators of those small pubs.”
The British Beer and Pub Association called for sector-specific follow-up schemes outside of October, as well as VAT cuts, business rate relief and beer tariff cuts, which chief executive Emma McCarkrin said “penalties are high”.
Nightclubs have previously warned that they would face “financial armageddon” after lifting restrictions that allowed many pubs to open in July.
Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, said: “The lack of a roadmap for the reopening or further indication of financial support has caused considerable disruption and outrage.”
He pointed to an emerging crank point in late September, when Farooq’s payments to state financing dwindled and the moratorium on occupying commercial space for non-payment of rent came to an end.
“People have to make some tough decisions,” Kill said.
“At one point there has to be a realization that businesses and jobs are going to lose.”