The best chefs and restaurateurs from all over the capital have signed an open letter to the city’s mayor asking him to get out of his “bunker” and help with the economic recovery. Among the signatories to the letter were St John’s co-founder Trevor Gulliver, Angela Hartnett and David Loewi of D&D London. The letter says, “Get out of the bunker, rise to the challenge, let the world and the original suburbs and counties see that we are preparing to welcome everyone back and will enforce the necessary practices to make the environment as safe as possible.” ”
The latest consumer data show that retail footfall across the UK as a whole rose 3.8% last week.
But the rise was not as pronounced in Greater London, where there was only a 1.8% increase.
Consumer data analysts Springboard said there was “insufficient and inadequate” support for the food and beverage industry in the capital.
Mr Khan said restoring restaurants and bars was now an “urgent priority”.
The mayor said: “If more people are not convinced that the virus is under control, our wonderful ecosystem of shops, bars, cafes and cultural venues is at risk of a crisis that could take years to recover.”
The events and entertainment industry in the capital is now on the verge of collapse.
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Many analysts have said the cautious stance of policymakers is leading the UK into another recession.
A recent Morgan Stanley study found that last week just a third of UK office workers were back at their desks, which further reduced traffic on main streets.
This falls considerably behind the 83% of those in France and 76% of those in Italy.
Many cafes, sandwich shops, bars, newsagents and taxi drivers rely on the daily pace of the workforce through the city.
WHSmith has announced that it is about to lay off 1,500 employees.
Last month, Pret a Manger said it is expected to close 30 stores.
More damaging news for the food and beverage industry arrived last week with takeout chain Upper Crust declaring it would let 5,000 employees go.