PUB bosses blasted the Government for using a “dodgy dossier” to curb the hospitality trade.
Ministers are partly basing the strict measures for revellers on outbreaks in Japan, China, South Korea and Indonesia, a policy paper shows.
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Drinkers gathered this weekend in Borough Market with takeaway pints[/caption]
But industry chiefs say it’s “ridiculous comparing British pubs with South Korean nightclubs, it’s comparing apples and oranges”.
Covid clusters studied in the paper include a super-spreading event in Vietnam linked to a poorly ventilated bar.
And concerns were raised over transmission at a wedding dinner in Hong Kong when face masks were not worn.
But Kris Gumbrell, chief executive of Brewhouse and Kitchen, said: “This is a dodgy dossier, a work of fiction the Government wants the industry to swallow.
“I run 22 venues and have 480 staff who won’t forget this.
“We’ve spent good money on making our pubs Covid-secure.”
Pubs and bars have spent money on new Covid safety measures[/caption]
Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “This so- called evidence is incredibly thin. Comparing British pubs with South Korean nightclubs is ridiculous.
“It’s comparing apples and oranges.”
Restrictions on pubs include table service in Tier 1, with alcohol only allowed in Tier 2 with a substantial meal.
In Tier 3 pubs remain closed but a takeaway service can operate.
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The row comes as yesterday’s figures revealed 479 more people have died from Covid in the UK, bringing the total death toll to 58,030.
There were also 15,871 new infections — but that represented a 20 per cent drop from last Saturday.
The hospitality industry feels it has been unfairly treated[/caption]
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