Nearly a quarter of UK pubs and restaurants ‘fear collapse’ by Christmas

Survey finds nearly 23% of bars and restaurants may fold within three months without support

A quarter of British pubs and restaurants fear collapse before Christmas without further government support, according to a wide-ranging survey that warns the pandemic could cost 675,000 jobs in the hospitality sector by February.

As fresh analysis showed that more than £750m of late-night revenues could be affected by the imposition of a 10pm curfew in England, hospitality businesses said they have been “teetering on the edge” and now face the prospect of going under.

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