Retailers and hospitality firms have warned of the devastating financial impact of a new month-long lockdown in England which they say threatens billions of pounds worth of Christmas trade and puts hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk.
The next two months should be the most lucrative time of the year for the high street but 500,000 shops, restaurants and pubs will have to close on Thursday and remain shut until 2 December. Read more…..
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The hospitality sector has been hard hit by lockdown. Restaurants, hotels and cafes have been forced to close – hitting areas like the Lake District particularly hard.