London moves to tier three: impact on CJRS

14 December 2020

It has been confirmed that, from 16 December 2020, London will move into tier three of virus restrictions, which is the highest level in England.

In areas placed in tier three, all hospitality venues, such as pubs, restaurants and cafes are required to shut, and can only open to provide a takeaway service. Similarly, sports fans are forbidden from attending events in stadiums and indoor entertainment venues, including bowling alleys and cinemas, will have to close.

As so many businesses will need to actually shut their doors, this will inevitably have an impact on the number of employers placing employees on furlough and utilising the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), and the numbers will significantly increase.

These restrictions will be reviewed on 23 December 2020.


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