Tier restrictions threaten Leeds hospitality industry

Photo of two cocktails with plants in the backgroundThe new tier restrictions may see the end of pubs and bars in Leeds

Leeds is set to enter tier three after the national lockdown ends in December following an announcement from the government this morning. However, the new restrictions create a threat for pubs and bars.

The newest restrictions mean that pubs and restaurants in tier three areas can only open if they operate as a takeaway service.

Hospitality venue owners are concerned that these new restrictions could cause problems for venues in Leeds who are not able to serve food.

Graham Fisher, landlord of the Commercial in Armley, says that these restrictions could cause his venue to close.

“We’ve just got to sit back and take what the government decides to do with us,” said Fisher. “I feel like we may have to shut.”

Fisher says that they are following all the guidelines put in place to ensure that they are COVID secure but feels as though the hospitality industry is being “punished” by the government.

“People can go to supermarkets and mingle, they can go to sports events and mingle, but they can’t go to a local pub when we have spent more and more money making it safe for them.

“I don’t know how they can blame the hospitality sector,” said Fisher.

“There isn’t a future for a wet pub like mine. The hospitality sector is on its knees ready to go, to be washed under the carpet,” said Fisher.

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