In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Scottish university students told not to go to pubs
University students in Scotland have been told to avoid going to pubs, bars and restaurants this weekend in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
UK coronavirus curfew like ‘shooting the wounded’ says top chef
New restrictions imposed on the UK hospitality sector in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19 have been described by one Michelin-starred chef as tantamount to “shooting the wounded”.
Quarter of hospitality venues believe they could fail in three months
New findings from the British Beer & Pub Association and other hospitality industry bodies show that almost a quarter of their members believe their businesses could fail in the next three months without support.
Hospitality venues must display QR codes as tracing app goes live
Hospitality venues in England are now required by law to display QR codes, which users of the NHS Covid-19 app can scan to check-in.
UK hospitality industry reacts to 10 o’clock curfew
The UK hospitality industry has reacted with frustration to the news that from tomorrow, all restaurants, bars and pubs will have to close at 10pm, with one bar owner calling it “a death sentence”.
The Drinks Trust creates face masks
UK drinks trade charity The Drinks Trust has released branded face masks to support on-trade workers heading back to their posts during the coronavirus pandemic.
UK hospitality industry urges government to scrap two-metre rule
Industry leaders in the UK are lobbying the government to scrap the requirement for tables in bars, pubs and restaurants to be kept at least two metres apart when they reopen next month.
What the future of hospitality in Europe looks like
The UK’s hospitality sector is preparing to emerge from months of hibernation in July if, and when, the government gives the go-ahead. Each venue will have its own approach.
Scotland plans the reopening of hospitality venues
The Scottish government has said that hospitality businesses could reopen for indoor service from 15 July.
Outdoor dining could reopen on 22 June, reports indicate
According to media reports, UK government ministers are targeting 22 June as a date when they hope to reopen pubs and restaurants for outdoor dining.
Furlough extension welcomed but UK hospitality sector needs more support
Industry leaders have cautiously welcomed the UK government’s plans to extend its furlough scheme for companies unable to pay all of their staff during lockdown.