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COVID-19 News Timeline

28th May: Two-metre rule could be relaxed to help hospitality reopen

27th May: Coronavirus: 2,000 jobs at risk as sandwich maker Adelie collapses

27th May: Pandemic cover is life or death for our hotel but our insurance won’t pay

26th May: Outside socialising may be relaxed in England within weeks

24th May: Michelin-starred Bristol chef ‘technically bankrupt’ by Covid-19 restaurant closures

22nd May: JD Wetherspoon unveils initial £11m social distancing plan

22nd May: Boparan completes on Carluccio’s deal

22nd May: Marcus Wareing releases survey to inform how restaurants should reopen

11th May: Reopening ‘must be driven by safety’ as it is revealed male chefs some of the most at risk of coronavirus

11th May: Government confirms ‘ambition’ to open some hospitality venues, including pubs and hotels, from 4 July

6th May: Coronavirus: UK warned to avoid climate change crisis

5th May: Reopening restaurants during social distancing ‘impossible and implausible’

5th May: The Good Food Guide postpones publication as Michelin goes digital

5th May: Coronavirus: How might lockdown end and what will be the ‘new normal’?

4th May: UK high streets are on the “brink of collapse” as the eight-week countdown to the next quarterly rent instalment begins, the #RaiseTheBar campaign has said.Government has ‘eight weeks to save the nation’s high streets’

1st May: UK restaurants warn social distancing will put them out of business

1st May: Crowd concerns see Greggs stall reopening plans

29th April: McDonald’s Is Latest Mega Chain to Tease Reopening Strategy

29th April: JD Wetherspoon plans to reopen pubs in June

29th April: Airlines and oil giants are on the brink. No government should offer them a lifeline

27th April: Report: European retailers failing to disclose major chunk of CO2 from food waste

26th April: Help The Hungry: The volunteers building a National Food Service in the time of coronavirus

26th April: ‘It’s going to be doom and gloom for a while’…how Manchester’s pubs, clubs and restaurants are battling to survive coronavirus

26th April: ‘We’d go bust in months’: restaurants at a loss over social distancing dilemma

26th April: Safe Dining? Hard to Imagine, but Many Restaurants Are Trying 

24th April: China Reopens Restaurants: With More Plant-Based Meat On The Menu

24th April: Coronavirus: Biogas industry moves to tackle spike in food waste

24th April: Podcast: The Honest Burgers duo on reopening, helping charities and their 80s-themed HIT classes

24th April: Patty & Bun founder: “How you treat people now will define your brand forever”

23rd April: UK’s biggest names in food call for rent pause to save restaurant industry from collapse during coronavirus outbreak

23th April: Commercial landlords banned from using ‘aggressive debt recovery tactics’ 

23th April: Preparing for a safe and sustainable return to service: Sustainable Restaurant Association CEO Andrew Stephen on why the industry needs to rethink how it operates post Coronavirus.

20th April: Coronavirus: UK’s furlough scheme opens amid warning delays could be ‘catastrophic’

17th April: Caterer community across the UK looking to further reduce consumption of meat post Covid-19

17th April: Jonathan Downey (Founder of Hospitality Union and chief executive of London Union) to submit proposal to treasury to pause rent payments for nine months

17th April: Chancellor extends furlough scheme to end of June

16th April: UK school and hospital caterers vow to cut meat served by 20%

16th April: Urgent government inquiry to examine how sector can be supported to reopen

15th April: Greenprint for a sustainable UK after COVID-19

14th April: Restaurants will never be the same after coronavirus – but that may be a good thing

14th April: Almost 6,000 sign petition calling on government to include tronc in furlough wages

13th April: What’s happening to the beer left in pubs?

11th April: Don’t let coronavirus destroy the UK restaurant industry

11th April: William Sitwell: Now I can no longer go to restaurants I realise how much they’ve shaped my life

9th April: 13 London restaurants now selling groceries, from Leon to The Quality Chop House

9th April: UKHospitality and CPL launch free online training for furloughed employees in ‘hardest-hit sector’

8th April: Government offers £3m to tackle food waste during coronavirus crisis

3rd April: ‘Fees are murder’: delivery apps profit as restaurants forced to close doors

3rd April: Five COVID-19 Reflections from a Food System Perspective—and How We Could Take Action

1st April: City Harvest sees massive rise in food donations following restaurant closures

31st March: Trade bodies combine to tackle food waste as a result of Coronavirus pandemic

30th March: Charities form pan-London alliance to feed vulnerable Londoners during Covid-19 lockdown

30th March: Takeaway and delivery: eight questions answered

30th March: Pandemic Sees Brand Leaders Putting Purpose Before Profit

30th March: Member OAPA calls for large-scale food support

30th March: Deliveroo pledges 500,000 free meals for NHS workers

30th March: Budweiser launches gift card scheme to help pubs during the Covid-19 pandemic

30th March:  Pizza Hut and Deliveroo to serve 300,000 free meals to hospital staff

27th March: LEON to feed 6,000 critical care staff a day through campaign

27th March: Furloughing update from the UK Government

27th March: Deliveroo to make daily payments to aid operator cashflow

26th March: JD Wetherspoon boss agrees to pay staff

26th March: Carluccio’s doing ‘everything to determine a way forward’ as entire team takes March pay cut

24th March: Supermarkets look to hospitality in major recruitment drive

23rd March: Hospitality Action COVID-19 Grant

23rd March: McDonald’s and Nando’s to close all UK restaurants

22nd March: How restaurants are scrambling to reinvent themselves in the wake of coronavirus

20th March: Tears and cautious celebrations as government pledges to cover 80% of wages through enforced closure

20th March: Cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants must close tonight

20th March: BBC News: Chancellor set to announce an employment and wage subsidy package to try to protect millions of jobs

19th March: Coronavirus: The hospitality heroes fighting back

19th March: Michelin-Starred Chef Massimo Bottura Launches Free ‘Kitchen Quarantine’ Cooking Classes on Instagram

18th March: Caterer: Pubs and Restaurants will be able to offer takeaway and delivery without planning permission

18th MarchGOV.UK: Chancellor announces additional support to protect businesses

17th March: London Eater: A Running` List of London Restaurants Taking Coronavirus Precautions

16th March: Sky News: Coronavirus: The PM urges citizens to avoid pubs, cafes and restaurants

15th March: Financial Times: Carluccio’s seeks three-month rent holiday to cope with coronavirus