15 Oct Coronavirus: Pubs group Marston’s says 2,150 jobs at risk after new restrictions | Business News
Pubs group Marston’s has warned that 2,150 jobs will be impacted after the government tightened coronavirus restrictions.
Curfews and new rules on table service, added to “three tier” guidance for operating in England as well as tough limitations in parts of Scotland had taken their toll on consumer confidence, the company said.
Marston’s said the their introduction was “hugely disappointing” and that there was a lack of evidence linking pubs to the recent rise in coronavirus infections.
“Inevitably, and regrettably, recent restrictions will impact jobs,” the company said.
It said that after “vital” government support for its workforce over the summer, 10,000 staff had since returned to work.
“However, because of the recent additional restrictions, we have reluctantly concluded that around 2,150 pub-based roles currently subject to furlough are going to be impacted,” Marston’s added.
“Furthermore, we have initiated a full review of overhead costs which will be concluded by the end of December.
“These decisions are difficult but are necessary due to the restrictions placed upon our business at this time.”
Marston’s, which owns 1,400 pubs around the UK including the Pitcher & Piano bar brand and also brews beers including Pedigree, Courage, McEwan’s and Brakspear, employs around 14,000 people.
In a trading update, it revealed the impact of lockdowns which saw all sites closed from March to the start of July and still well below last year’s levels for a few weeks after that.
August’s Eat Out To Help Out meal discount scheme saw it recover, with sales 6% ahead of the same period in 2019, but in September they fell back again and were 12% lower.