As Christmas day approaches, the hospitality industry has remained in a state of uncertainty as the Covid-19 Omicron variant tears the population apart.
Restaurants and hospitality venues have seen an increase in canceled reservations, as well as Christmas parties at work, despite the government saying it can move forward.
But the Canary Wharf-based Pergola on the Wharf restaurant has decided to do its part to help its colleagues.
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The restaurant is encouraging people to donate £ 5 to Hospitality Action in exchange for a free Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.
They’ve been serving dinners all week, and you can get your hands on a roast turkey or veggie at Pergola on the Wharf from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. – but hurry, the offer ends on Christmas Eve.
All you have to do is introduce yourself and ask for details on how to donate.
The Pergola site also offers space for social distancing.
In 2020, Hospitality Action spent £ 1.36million and awarded 4,698 grants to those in need.
Former MasterChef judge Michel Roux Jr. last week slammed Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak as his daughter’s London restaurant suffered “300 cancellations” – without government support.
Michel wrote on Twitter: “My daughter’s restaurant has had over 300 cancellations in the past 2 days, going from breaking even to a loss.
“@BorisJohnson @RishiSunak Hospitality and supply chain need help, it’s already seen in March 2020.”
Chef Tom Kerridge also revealed that one of his restaurants suffered 645 cancellations in just six days.
On December 21, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced an additional £ 1billion support for businesses in the hospitality and leisure sector, which will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £ 6,000 per location.
More than £ 100million in discretionary funding will also be made available to local authorities to support other businesses.
He also announced that the government will cover the cost of statutory sickness benefits for Covid-related absences for small and medium-sized businesses across the UK.
Additional funding of £ 30million will also be made available through the Culture Recovery Fund.
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The government has said around £ 352 billion in support has been given during the pandemic, including support grants, corporate tariff relief, reduced VAT and the Eat Out To program. Help Out.
Eat Out To Help Out took place from August 3 to 31, 2020, where the program resulted in a 50% reduction in the cost of food and / or non-alcoholic beverages consumed at participating businesses across the UK.
It applied all day Monday through Wednesday and the discount is capped at a maximum of £ 10 per person.
A leave scheme was also introduced, which was extended until September this year, which allowed employers to claim 80% of an employee’s regular salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of 2 £ 500 per month.
You can find Pergola on the quayside at Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5AR