Mitchells & Butlers who own brands including All Bar One and Toby Carvery have announced that they have started redundancy consultations.
The company employs around 44,000 people and operates 1,700 restaurants, bars and pubs across the UK.
This announcement comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson placed Liverpool into a into the new tier 3 restriction, meaning pubs and bars were told to close, unless they offer “substantial food” for customers.
The 10pm curfew has further crippled all bars, pubs and restaurants across England which could see 500,000 hospitality jobs lost by Christmas.
“Mitchells & Butlers, like many others in the sector, has taken the very difficult and regrettable decision to open redundancy consultations with a number of our frontline team and will seek to redeploy affected staff wherever possible,” a company spokeswoman said.
Mitchells & Butler are calling on the government to increase support for the hospitality sector as it is has “taken the full brunt of restrictions.”
The spokeswoman added, “Our industry is operating in exceptionally challenging and uncertain circumstances.
“While we have worked incredibly hard to makes sites Covid-19 secure and keep staff and customers safe, we are facing significant difficulties from the recently introduced 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants, new enforced closures and tapering Government support that doesn’t go far enough.
“With trading restrictions and uncertainty likely to continue for the foreseeable future, we strongly urge the Government to step up the level of support it is offering to an industry which has been repeatedly singled out and taken the full brunt of restrictions.”