Mitchells & Butlers, the pubs and eating places group, has begun redundancy consultations with plenty of workers because it struggles with the impression of the coronavirus pandemic.
M&B, whose chains embrace Harvester and All Bar One, has about 1,700 pubs and eating places and 44,000 workers.
It has not but disclosed what number of jobs are in danger.
A spokesperson for the corporate described it as “a difficult and regrettable decision”.
M&B would “seek to redeploy affected staff wherever possible”, the spokesperson added.
“Our industry is operating in exceptionally challenging and uncertain circumstances.
“While now we have labored extremely exhausting to make websites Covid-19 safe and maintain workers and prospects protected, we face vital difficulties from the lately launched 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and eating places, new enforced closures and tapering authorities assist that does not go far sufficient.”
M&B’s spokesperson also called for further government support for the hospitality sector.
“With buying and selling restrictions and uncertainty prone to proceed for the foreseeable future, we strongly urge the federal government to step up the extent of assist it’s providing to an trade which has been repeatedly singled out and brought the complete brunt of restrictions.”
Other well-known brands in the M&B stable include Toby Carvery and O’Neill’s.
The move comes after warnings by the hospitality industry that the new coronavirus restrictions will come as a huge blow to bars and restaurants across much of England.
Bars and pubs in Liverpool have been instructed to close from Wednesday and will receive financial support.
But venues in “tier 2” areas, including large parts of the North and Midlands, will lose custom, with households no longer allowed to mix indoors.
Trade body the Night Time Industries Association is urgent for a judicial evaluate of the restrictions.