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10pm closing time “from a random policy generator” says IEA expert

Christopher Snowdon responds to latest coronavirus measures

Commenting on the latest Coronavirus measures, including a 10pm mandatory closing time for licensed premises, Christopher Snowdon, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, said:

“A 10pm closing time for all pubs, bars and other hospitality seems to have emerged from a random policy generator.

“While mandatory table service has been part of the successful Swedish approach and may have merit, the new closing time will be devastating to a hospitality sector that was already suffering after the first lockdown.

“The government should publish the evidence upon which this decision was based.”

ICYMI – Earlier IEA Economics Fellow, Julian Jessop, calculated that every two weeks of further lockdown could cost the UK at least £8 billion in lost output and leave another 300,000 unemployed.  Read his full comment here.

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Further IEA reading on the government’s lockdown measures here.

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Original article link: https://iea.org.uk/media/10pm-closing-time-from-a-random-policy-generator-says-iea-expert/

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