Hospitality companies threaten legal action over reopening delays

Over 45 businesses in the hospitality, tourism, wedding and event industries are threatening legal action against the UK government over the potential delay of the economy’s 19 July reopening.

An open letter, led by Manchester’s night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester Sacha Lord, is calling for industry support from the government after the government’s roadmap delay.

Among the signatories are chef-restaurateur Paul Heathcote; Jeremy Roberts, commercial director of Living Ventures; Chris Jowsey, CEO of Admiral Taverns, and Sarah Weir, managing director of Albion and East.

In the letter, the group said: “We wish to put you on notice that Mr Lord and the representatives with whom he is in discussion are jointly considering taking legal action to challenge the government, should the easing of restrictions fail to take place on 19 July as promised…

“The treatment of these sectors’ employees and business owners is deplorable and cannot continue. Major industries such as hospitality, events, exhibitions and travel simply cannot endure further hardship.”

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