The chain of bars bans MPs from its premises until the “irrational” 10pm curfew is lifted


A bar chain is campaigning against the new 10 p.m. curfew by banning MPs from its premises until restrictions are lifted.

The new rule, which went into effect in England on Thursday, means all reception venues must close at 10 p.m., rather than just calling the last orders, in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Mojo, who has bars in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham and Harrogate, said he was barring ministers from entering his rooms until the government offers more financial support or the curfew of 22 hours be deleted.

The company shared a photo of MPs on its Instagram page with the word “banned” across it.

“You won’t serve us, so we won’t serve you,” Mojo wrote in the caption.

“Today we call on our friends, colleagues, brothers and sisters in bars, pubs and restaurants across the country to join us in warning all MPs.

“Until they see meaning and free our industry to trade or provide us with viable financial support, we will not serve them. ”

Martin Greenhow, chief executive of Mojo, said the curfew was like “Armageddon” for the company.

He told the Evening Standard: “We’re wasting 60% of our trading time on Fridays and Saturdays and we have already lost 60% of our actual capacity due to strict social distancing and hygiene measures, so we were already on. our knees.

“Mojo, as a company, was successful in negotiating 80% before Covid, but if you then add in the 60% curfew reduction, that leaves us with 16% of our original trade deadlines, which is catastrophic for us. .

“It’s just not viable for any business in our industry. ”

He added that people and businesses have been “incredibly supportive” since Mojo announced the ministerial ban.

“There is a very serious point that we are trying to make and we did it with a bit of humor as well,” said Greenhow.

This comes as several companies have come together to launch the #Cancelthecurfew campaign which aims to raise awareness of the impact of the curfew on the hospitality industry.

Tom Lord, founder of Hospitality Gin and hospitality consultant, told the Manchester Evening News: “The industry we love is in grave danger of being stifled by this curfew.

People left bars and restaurants on closing time in Soho on Friday, the day after the 10 p.m. curfew was introduced (PA)

“Some sites were starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel before it was announced as returning customers and we all settled into ‘the new normal’. Now we are in a state of uncertainty.

“We want the British public to know the impact the curfew is going to have, not only on our businesses, but on our friends and colleagues.

“We have borne the brunt of the measures announced over the past fifteen weeks. We are vilified as breeding ground for the virus, but Public Health England’s own figures show that is not true.

“In fact, the latest figures show we have one of the lowest infection rates outside the home. Stop blaming hospitality, let’s serve. “

Parliament stops selling alcohol after 10pm amid backlash over plans to ‘exempt bars from curfew’

According to the latest figures from Public Health England released on Friday, a total of 772 respiratory infections were reported in the week to September 20, of which 69% were linked to Covid-19 infections.

From September 14 to 20, only 22 of the 532 outbreaks linked to the coronavirus originated from food outlets in England. Of the 22 outbreaks, only 17 (3.2%) had at least one linked case that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

Earlier today, the Prime Minister told MPs that the hospitality industry is an ‘obvious place of transmission’ for Covid-19.

When asked if he adheres to the 10pm curfew, Boris Johnson said: ‘What I would say about hospitality – no one wants to impose a curfew or limit of any kind , but you have to watch the spread of this disease and how it spreads through human contact.

“I am afraid that the hospitality sector is an obvious place of transmission of the coronavirus.

“We have to reduce it and this is what we are doing, this is what the country is doing together again.”

He added: “I would make a distinction between what is happening now and what happened in March – it is by no means the same as the lockdown in March.

“The bottom line is that, through our collective action, we allow hospitality to continue – hospitality is not interrupted.

“Yes, alas, we have to deal with some restrictions that I certainly don’t like, but it is through our collaboration to fight the virus that we can get things done.”


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