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Greene King to shut dozens of pubs with loss of 800 jobs

Greene King is to shut dozens of pubs with the loss of 800 jobs after being hit by tighter restrictions in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Bury St Edmunds-based brewer and pub company said it will keep 79 of its sites - including its Loch Fyne restaurants - shut for the time being, with around one third of these closures expected to be permanent.

Greene King will close some of its pubs
Greene King will close some of its pubs

It called on the government to provide support for the hospitality sector while tightened restrictions, such as the recent 10pm curfew, remain in place.

Greene King operates dozens of pubs in and around Cambridge.

A spokeswoman for the company 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.

“We urgently need the government to step in and provide tailored support to help the sector get through to the spring and prevent further pub closures and job losses.”

Greene King has been badly hit by the coronavirus
Greene King has been badly hit by the coronavirus

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