10pm closing time “from a random policy generator” says IEA expert
Christopher Snowdon quoted by the BBC
Christopher Snowdon responds to latest coronavirus measures
“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 today 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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