On the 23rd of March of the year of doom 2020, Britain began the first general quarantine, and it was strict and affected all private and public sectors except for the health and medical sector, and all restaurants and hotels closed their doors, and their owners tried hard to create an opportunity to work in unprecedented difficult conditions, so restaurants turned To the home delivery system, and the state contributed to paying the salaries of the largest possible number of employees, but this decision was not applied to everyone.

Restaurants suffered hugely, and British pubs were the biggest losers; Because state aid excluded contributions to the payment of alcohol bills, so the losses were heavy in terms of profits and jobs, as a large number of workers in the hospitality sector in London and outside London lost their jobs, and here we are talking about thousands in a sector that is among the most sectors that include workers under its umbrella In 2005, there were 2.9 million workers, and 18% of them worked in London.

With the arrival of autumn, the Corona virus has returned to camp the world again; This prompted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take a strict decision on the 31st of last October, at exactly six thirty in the evening, in which he declared a state of emergency due to the high number of HIV infections; This prompted him to force restaurants, tourist facilities and shops to close their doors again, to put Britain in an unpleasant sleep, starting from the fifth of last November.

Johnson's decision completely destroyed the chefs and restaurant owners, not only because of the loss that accompanied the complete quarantine that lasts until the second of next December, but because of the sudden announcement and the failure to provide the opportunity for chefs and restaurants to dispose of products that met with trash.

The case of restaurants in London, in particular, is very tight, and workers in this sector expect additional heavy losses that a restaurant cannot bear at all, and the evidence is that a large number of restaurants have closed their doors forever.

The company that owns the "Wagamama", "Frankie & Beanies" and "Garfunkles" restaurants was among those affected. The losses of the company reached 235 million pounds, and four thousand five hundred employees who were no longer able to pay their salaries were spent. Among the other chains of restaurants that have closed most of their branches are "Gourmet Burger", "Wahaka", "Cote Brasserie" and "Zizi".

The government tried hard to help the restaurant sector, so it launched a show that runs from Monday to Wednesday every week under the name “Eat out Help out” to encourage people to go out and eat in restaurants, but the second wave of Corona came to eliminate what was left of hope for This sector, and the law to close restaurants at ten in the evening, transform the lives of workers in this sector into an impotent situation.

The future of hospitality and restaurants in London is not reassuring, as specialists in this field believe that it will be very difficult for thousands of restaurants to survive until the end of the year, and it is expected that the scene of restaurants and food in London will change after the closure of a large number of restaurants; Which will lead to a lack of competition, which will make customers go to a restaurant alone, not because it is good, but because it is the only one available, and this is unfortunate to see it in a city like London that is considered one of the most important cities for food and international restaurants at all.

Currently all winds are flowing in ways that London does not desire, starting from the Corona pandemic, passing through the economic situation, to an unprecedented high unemployment rate, and in order for London's misfortunes to increase, its mayor decided to impose an entry tax to the city center every day until ten in the evening; This made gourmets think more than once before heading to restaurants located in the heart of the area covered by the law, which imposes an amount of 15 pounds on every car entering the area. All these conditions did not serve to revive the sector, even for a short period that extended between the first and second closures.

London, in these days that lead us to the most important holiday season in the country, does not resemble itself, as it is empty of tourists and paralyzed, its shops and restaurants are closed and there is no life in them.