Coronavirus: Restaurant titans ask ministers to cook up six month aid extension

Some of the biggest names in British restaurants will beg ministers not to end the lockdown on their industry too soon, or risk triggering a wave of permanent closures.

Sky News understands that restaurateurs including celebrity chef Rick Stein and Tom Kerridge – owner of Britain’s first pub to be awarded two Michelin stars – have been asked to sign the industry-wide letter, which will be sent to Alok Sharma, the business secretary, and Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove in the coming days.

“We are concerned that opening the restaurant sector too early could lead to a substantial number of businesses failing, given the discrepancy between the costs they will incur and the revenues they will be able to achieve,” it will say.

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