Pub giant Greene King has announced on Wednesday that they are to cut 800 jobs and close more than 25 pubs.
This comes as the government are winding down the furlough scheme and the and the “continued” coronavirus restrictions being placed on pubs which has made it a “challenge.”
Greene King has urged the government to provide more support for the hospitality sector as it is struggling and millions of jobs are potentially at risk.
On Tuesday government were warned that 500,000 hospitality jobs could be gone by the end of this year.
A spokeswoman for Greene King said, “The continued tightening of the trading restrictions for pubs, which may last another six months, along with the changes to government support was always going to make it a challenge to reopen some of our pubs.
“Therefore, we have made the difficult decision not to reopen 79 sites, including the 11 Loch Fyne restaurants we announced last week.
“Around one-third will be closed permanently, and we hope to be able to reopen the others in the future.
“We are working hard with our teams to try and find them a role in another of our pubs wherever possible.”