Hospitality industry ‘faces thousands of closures Due to Corona virus
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged everyone to avoid social contact and stay away from pubs and restaurants Kate Nicholls, chief executive of trade association Hospitality UK, said it was “catastrophic for businesses and jobs Over the past few weeks the industry has suffered unprecedented drops in visits and many business are already on their knees. This latest advice leaves the industry in limbo, with no recourse to insurance Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to outline a rescue package in the government’s daily briefing on the outbreak on Tuesday afternoon
Budget package to help businesses deal with the crisis
ncluded business rates relief and a new hardship fund, but Mr Sunak said in his Budget speech that he would “not hesitate to act” if more was needed.
Carolyn Fairbairn, head of the CBI business lobby group, called for co-ordinated, fast, interventions, and said: “We do not want to look back and say we acted too late. The chief executive of the Carluccio’s restaurant chain, Mark Jones, backed the calls for help, and said that the firm “was days away from large-scale closures” without state aid
Pop stars live-stream concerts from home to combat isolation Due To Corona virus
Stars including Coldplay, Yungblud and Christine And The Queens are live-streaming gigs to combat the “boredom” of self-isolation due to coronavirus. Coldplay’s Chris Martin played an impromptu set on Instagram Live, taking fans’ questions and covering David Bowie’s Life On Mars Country singer Keith Urban also went live on Instagram with his wife, Nicole Kidman, in the background