Pubs, bars and restaurants report Covid curfew sales dive

Sales at 7,000 chain outlets down 37% after 10pm limit imposed in England, Wales and Scotland

Sales at pub, bar and restaurant chains plunged by more than a third on the same period last year after a 10pm coronavirus curfew was imposed across most of the UK, according to new analysis seen by the Guardian that reveals the extent of the impact on hospitality.

The first hard figures from the days after the curfew was imposed drew anger from trade bodies and are likely to reinforce calls to reconsider a measure that critics say only drives people to gather elsewhere, while causing significant economic damage.

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