Businesses across central London are set to experience “hard times” in the coming weeks and months as the capital is now in tier 2 and braces for further restrictions.
Under the new tier 2 rules residents across London are banned from meeting indoors in pubs, bars or restaurants including people from separate households.
Waqas Sadiq, a bouncer at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, Soho, said the new rules had made a lot of people “very unhappy.”
Sadiq said, “A lot of people are talking about it, there’s going to be a very bad impact from next week on all the businesses, especially in the West End.
“In our establishment we’ve had to call all the people who have already booked, people who don’t live at the same address and tell them and maybe they’ll cancel their tickets.
“From next week it’s going to be a very hard time for all the businesses around the West End, all the restaurants and pubs.
“There are less people already.
“I think a lot of people are unhappy. Lots of people are losing their jobs and people have no money right now.”
The Mayor of London told Londoners “Don’t socialise indoors with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.
“Don’t meet more than 6 people outdoors
“Aim to reduce the number of journeys you make if possible.”