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UK News Working lunches could be EXEMPT from Tier 2 and Tier 3 lockdowns

06:50  20 october  2020
06:50  20 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Downing Street has suggested that people can meet inside pubs 'for work '. Hospitality chiefs are now seeking urging clarity on Covid measures. From midnight on Friday, London was thrown into Tier 2 lockdown meaning individuals from different households are banned from mixing indoors - even in

Can I travel from a Tier 2 lockdown area to a Tier 1 area to see friends or family? Lancashire is due to join Liverpool in the tougher Tier 3 lockdown from midnight tonight and will be under the same In Tier Three, mixing between households is banned - but support bubbles are exempt . You should be working from home where possible across all tiers . However if you cannot do your job from home or

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Working lunches could be exempt from Tier 2 and Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions as an apparent 'loophole' raises the hopes of hospitality chiefs.

People are technically banned from meeting inside pubs and restaurants in 'high risk' and 'very high risk' areas such as London and Greater Manchester.

But last night Downing Street and local authorities suggested that meetings inside hospitality venues are allowed as long as they are for 'work purposes'.

Up to 30 people from different households may meet indoors for work, as long as the place they are meeting is Covid-secure, according to Government guidance.

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Manchester could be plunged into Tier Three although tense crunch talks with Downing Street have so far Mr Johnson said: "The exact restrictions at this level, Very High, will be worked out with local When will Tier Three lockdown restrictions come into force? Restrictions in the Liverpool City Region

Some 200,000 hospitality workers could lose jobs in central London alone. Yotam Ottolenghi said Tier 2 restrictions in the capital will 'kill viable Now pubs under Tier 3 - the harshest lockdown level affecting Liverpool and Lancashire - will also now be forced to stop serving alcohol if they're not

A No10 spokesman confirmed that while current rules advise people to limit their social contact and work from home 'where possible', people are permitted to meet indoors for work purposes 'in high or very high areas'.

Restaurateurs and landlords are now desperately calling for much-needed clarity over the loophole, which they hope could revive their business.

Officials insist the curbs suppress Covid-19, but the restrictions are being increasingly criticised by Tory hawks who view them as economy-wrecking.

a sign in front of a store window: Stools up on a table top at a cocktail bar in Covent Garden, in Tier 2 lockdown London © Provided by Daily Mail Stools up on a table top at a cocktail bar in Covent Garden, in Tier 2 lockdown London a group of people sitting at a table: Drinkers outside a pub in Soho, London, after Tier 2 restrictions were imposed on the capital © Provided by Daily Mail Drinkers outside a pub in Soho, London, after Tier 2 restrictions were imposed on the capital

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These go from tier 1, where the risk of coronavirus spread is described as medium, to tier 3 , where the risk is described as very high. Tier 2 currently affects a number of areas including swathes of the north-east, West Yorkshire and parts of the Midlands including Nottingham, Leicester and Birmingham.

Around 200 workers, from farmers to chefs and events organisers, filled Parliament Square with a metallic uproar by banging metal cooking utensils on Monday morning.

From midnight on Friday, London was thrown into Tier 2 lockdown meaning individuals from different households are banned from mixing indoors - even in hospitality venues - with outdoor socially distanced mingling permitted for groups of up to six.

The shock restrictions, which were announced less than 48 hours earlier, mean 200,000 potential job losses for hospitality workers in central London alone.

Critics have warned the lockdown puts in force a 'maximum squeeze on revenue and no support' for struggling businesses and employees.

Almost a third of restaurants and pubs in England are set to be affected by the tougher tier curbs - more than 8,500 venues and 5,000 pubs.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said that office workers should continue working from home, and that people should not bee attending restaurants or pubs with those outside their household in Tier 2 areas.

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BRITS in Tier 2 lockdown packed out city centre pubs and bars last night - despite new rules prohibiting households mixing indoors. Revellers in Leeds, which could be faced with Tier 3 rules - meaning pubs and bars would close, unless they serve food.

In Tier 3 areas, pubs are closed other than those which serve 'substantial meals'.

UKHopsitality chief Kate Nicholls, who had warned London Mayor Sadiq Khan that Tier 2 restrictions in the capital would lead to 250,000 job losses, called the loophole 'a real grey area'.

She told The Daily Telegraph: 'The Government has given an exemption for business meetings up to 30 or meetings or gatherings that are deemed necessary for work purposes, but it's provided no guidance on where those meetings can take place.

'We're asking for urgent clarification because in central London, if the working lunch is gone, there's no trade.'

It comes after experts warned that the Covid-19 catastrophe is creating 'ghost towns' across Britain and threatens to wipe out more than a million jobs.

A record 11,120 household-name retail outlets and around 125,000 store jobs were lost after the first lockdown supercharged a move away from high streets.

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg, with fears the job loss total at shops, pubs and restaurants could soar as new lockdowns are rolled out this winter.

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London could be plunged into tier two lockdown THIS WEEK: Sadiq Khan warns capital's nine million people they face Tier Two move within DAYS that will see them banning them from mixing together indoors. London's 9million residents are to be told they cannot mix households indoors from today, it

Hospitality industry leaders say that as many as 750,000 jobs could go in their sector alone by early next year – and a total of 255,000 retail jobs could be lost by the end of 2020.

Kay Neufeld, of the Centre for Economics and Business Research, said it was 'plausible' that there could be more than one million job losses in the retail and hospitality sectors alone.

The Social Market Foundation, an independent think-tank, said: 'Reduced demand for office space, and a seemingly inevitable decline of traditional retail, risk creating ghost town and city centres.'

The British Chambers of Commerce is warning of 'hundreds of thousands of job losses' amid the closure of the furlough scheme, which currently supports more than two million workers, this month.

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More than one in four of the UK's 39,700 pubs may not survive the pandemic, according to the British Beer and Pub Association.

Greene King plans to close 79 pubs, putting 800 jobs at risk, while Young's, Wetherspoons, Fuller's and City Pub Company have all said they will cut several hundred staff.

Nick Mackenzie, of Greene King, said: 'Pubs are becoming increasingly unviable.' He added: 'This means extending furlough to cover all hospitality venues hit by restrictions, not just those forced to close, extending the VAT cut and business rates holiday and cutting beer duty.'

Pub and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers, which owns Harvester and All Bar One, said that the industry was facing 'exceptionally challenging and uncertain circumstances'.

They added: 'We strongly urge the Government to step up the level of support it is offering to an industry which has been repeatedly singled out and taken the full brunt of restrictions.'

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