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Bars and restaurants at breaking point

Bars and restaurants across much of England are facing a huge blow from the latest round of coronavirus restrictions, the hospitality industry has warned.

Bars and pubs in Liverpool have been instructed to close from Wednesday and will receive financial support.

But venues in tier 2 areas, including large parts of the North and Midlands, will receive no support, despite the fact that they will lose much of their custom, as households are no longer allowed to mix indoors, as reported by the BBC.

Industry trade association UK Hospitality said many bars and restaurants were already "reaching the point of no return".

Businesses in tier 2 areas would experience "the worst of both worlds", with reduced custom and not being eligible for the extra assistance outlined for tier 3 areas.

The 10pm curfew and rule of six have already hit the industry hard and it is now bracing itself for a 'cancelled' Christmas with no parties.

Even tier 1 areas, like Gloucestershire, have seen trade fall by 40 to 60 per cent. And with so much uncertainty around, it doesn't look like things will improve any time soon.

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