Premier Inn owner Whitbread warns 6,000 jobs could go as UK announces new restrictions on pubs

The owner of Britain’s biggest hotel chain on Tuesday unveiled plans to slash up to 6,000 jobs just days before the UK government begins enforcing new restrictions on pubs and restaurants to contain rising coronavirus infections.



a group of people standing in front of a sign: Guests wait outside a Premier Inn hotel at Heathrow airport in London, U.K., on Friday, April 20, 2012. Whitbread Plc, the owner of Premier Inn budget lodges, reported slowing sales growth as a tough market for U.K. hotels countered an improvement in demand at its Costa Coffee shops. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images


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Guests wait outside a Premier Inn hotel at Heathrow airport in London, U.K., on Friday, April 20, 2012. Whitbread Plc, the owner of Premier Inn budget lodges, reported slowing sales growth as a tough market for U.K. hotels countered an improvement in demand at its Costa Coffee shops. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Whitbread, the owner of Premier Inn hotels and Beefeater restaurants, said in a statement that the layoffs could affect up to 18% of its workforce.

“This is a regrettable but necessary step to ensure that we emerge from the crisis with a lower cost base, a more flexible operating model and a stronger more resilient

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s climate plan includes “banning new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters” in favor of renewables like wind power.

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Mike Sommers, the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, said there is “far too much at stake” for a federal leasing ban.

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