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U.K. Pubs Slam ‘Deafening’ Government Silence on Business Aid

  • Industry group flares after Cabinet meeting ends without help
  • Leisure companies suffer as government urges people to isolate
Empty tables outside a pub in Leadenhall Market during lunchtime in London, on Dec. 14. 

Empty tables outside a pub in Leadenhall Market during lunchtime in London, on Dec. 14. 

Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Britain’s independent pubs and brewers are attacking the government after another day of silence on support for the hospitality sector hit hard by the omicron variant.

Neither further restrictions nor help for business was announced upon the conclusion of a three-hour Cabinet meeting Monday, which was convened by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss the government’s response to the worsening health crisis. The silence is “deafening” and warrants an “urgent” response by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, a brewing industry group said.