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Deliveroo calls for further industry support as restrictions grow

Deliveroo, alongside major restaurant partners, is calling on the government to provide further financial support to the restaurant sector as restrictions tighten.

In a letter addressed to Rishi Sunak, which was signed by the CEOs of Pizza Hut and KFC, the online food delivery company outlined what additional support is needed for the industry to survive continuing restrictions in the coming months.

Among the proposals put forward by the signatories to save the sector included: extending the furlough scheme for the hospitality sector, clarifying to the public that restaurants are safe to eat in and extending the Government’s time-limited reductions in both VAT reductions and business rates.

These proposals follow the new measures introduced by the Prime Minister earlier this week, which includes a 10pm curfew for hospitality establishments each night to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Will Shu, founder and CEO of Deliveroo, said: “The Government has taken many welcome steps throughout the pandemic to support the restaurant sector. However, these new restrictions pose a great threat to the recovery of the sector in the months ahead. 

“We urge the Government to consider our proposals, which would provide much-needed relief to the industry.”

 

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