HospoDemo protest organised over government Covid restrictions

Millie Milliken

Millie Milliken

13 October 2020

The demonstration will take place next Monday (19 October) at 10.30am on Parliament Square

Members of the hospitality industry are set to gather to protest against some of the recent restrictions made due to the Covi-19 pandemic, such as the 10pm curfew, rule of six and most recent three-tier system ramifications.

HospoDemo protestors are encouraged to bring pots, pans, cocktail shakers, wooden spoons and the like to make some noise in front of parliament at 11am, as well as wear their work attire.

'The blows that have been dealt to the UK hospitality industry over the last six months have caused a great deal of frustration and hardship,' commented HospoDemo organiser, Rachel Harty. 'Hospitality outlets have responded by investing heavily in safety measures to enable staff to return to work, and to get customers through the door.

'However, the recent introduction of the curfew and increasing local lockdowns have created an existential threat to large proportion of hospitality businesses. Frustration is turning to despair as livelihoods, businesses and homes are being lost, due to government restrictions which are short on scientific evidence. We are organising this peaceful protest to make our voice heard and to persuade the government to rethink their approach to restrictions and the support being offered to hospitality.'

As mentioned by Harty, the protest will be peaceful and will adhere to social distancing regulations as far as possible. All attendees have been told to wear a mask.

For more information, head to hospodemo.org.

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