England's stricter tier system will 'ruin' Christmas for hospitality, trade body says

The new measures will come into place on 2 December, once the national lockdown ends.

A tier system that will be introduced at the end of England’s second lockdown will “ruin” Christmas for struggling restaurants, hotels and pubs, trade body UKHospitality has argued.

Under the forthcoming system, pubs and restaurants will be limited to takeaway and delivery services in the highest-risk, tier 3 areas, a tightening of previous rules that allowed dining.

Household mixing, meanwhile, will be banned indoors in the second tier.

The new measures will come into place after 2 December. Prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed that the new restrictions would be tougher than before the lockdown.

“This is effectively a lockdown for businesses in tier 3 and further purgatory for those facing even tighter restrictions in tier 2,” UKHospitality said in a statement. “Rather than saving Christmas, these damaging measures will ruin it for hospitality businesses and their customers.”

The trade body earlier urged the government to provide more immediate financial support, expecting many businesses to be 'forced' to close due to the restrictions.

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