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Weekly update w/c 21.09: Job loss announcements continue in the hospitality sector and supermarkets ask shoppers not to stockpile as the government brings in new covid-19 restrictions

Whitbread and Wetherspoons are the latest major hospitality businesses to acknowledge the risk of redundancies, with Whitbread warning of 6,000 job losses due to both the slump in hotel trade and drop in dining numbers across their restaurants and Wetherspoons due to cut 450 jobs from it’s airport pubs.

 

In the same week, governments across the four nations have announced new restrictions including reductions in the numbers of people allowed in a social gathering and early closing in the hospitality sector.  With local lockdowns increasing, supermarkets have made a plea for people to not stockpile or panic buy amid speculation that a wider lockdown could be looming.

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