For lockdown-stricken businesses, any form of certainty about support is crucial at this point An empty restaurant in the Bullring and Grand Central shopping centre in Birmingham. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images An empty restaurant in the Bullring and Grand Central shopping centre in Birmingham. […] On Thursday, the next stage of that emergency intensified for tens of thousands of businesses as new lockdown restrictions for England were announced. At best, a restrictive straitjacket, and at worst a lockdown in all but name,” said UK Hospitality, the trade body. […] At the smaller end of the industry, one wonders how many pubs and venues will shut their doors permanently.
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