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Here’s What Happened in the London Restaurant World Last Week

Restaurants learned on Saturday that on Thursday 5 November they will have to close for one month

British PM Holds Press Conference As England Heads Toward New Lockdown Alberto Pezzali-Pool/Getty Images

In the second week of trading under tier two coronavirus restrictions alongside the extant 10 p.m. hospitality curfew, London’s restaurants, pubs, and bars appear to be acclimatising. But with the furlough scheme ending on the way into November, they will come under yet more increased pressure from next week.

Update — Monday 2 November 9.41: Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday evening that the England would move into lockdown from Thursday 5 November. It means restaurants, pubs, bars, and cafes must close, unless they are offering takeaway or delivery. The new restrictions will be in place until at least Wednesday 2 December.

  • In between, sobering employment news reinforced the coming significance of the switch from the furlough scheme to the new job support scheme. A YouGov study found that only 33 percent of hospitality workers made redundant following furlough have been able to find new employment. With the furlough scheme ending 1 November, employers — with heavily restricted trade due to coronavirus tier restrictions, the hospitality curfew, and social distancing — will no longer receive job support for employees not working 20 percent of their contracted hours.

Fresh restaurant guides on where to eat in London...

Until next week, eat well and be safe.


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