Coronavirus: in Britain, three quarters of pubs and restaurants are at risk of disappearing

Nearly three quarters of British pubs and restaurants expect to go out of business next year because of restrictions on their activity brought about by measures to fight the new coronavirus, according to a sector inquiry. According to the organizations British Beer and Pub Association, UK Hospitality and British Institute of Innkeeping, 72% of the companies surveyed expect “to no longer be viable and to close in 2021”.

The survey, conducted on behalf of these organizations by the research firm CGA among 446 companies representing 20,000 establishments, also shows that companies in the sector want the government to provide them with more support to get through the massive economic crisis. triggered by Covid-19.

Alongside transport or the oil sector, restaurants, bars, hotels and theaters are among the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. After the confinement which forced them to close their doors from the end of March to the beginning of July, they are again required in England and in several regions of Scotland to cease their activity.

200 billion pounds of aid injected

In their statement, the three organizations denounce “the devastating and long-term impact of government restrictions on” the sector.

“Without a change in approach and more government support, much of the industry could be gone within a year. Meaning lost businesses and jobs not to mention beloved places closed forever,” insists the press release.

The United Kingdom is the European country most affected by the pandemic with around 52,000 deaths.

In addition to the closure of restaurants and bars in England, sports venues, shops and businesses deemed non-essential are also required to keep their doors closed until at least December 2, as the Christmas season approaches, which is crucial for small business. To help businesses get through this unprecedented economic crisis in modern history, the British Treasury has injected £ 200 billion in aid through loans, payments to businesses and the self-employed, or short-time work compensation.

The KPMG cabinet indicated in a study on Wednesday forecast a record contraction in British GDP of 11.2% this year because of the pandemic, with a recovery of 4.4% in the event of a no-deal Brexit, or to 7.2% if the United Kingdom manages to sign a minimum trade agreement with the European Union at the last minute.

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