Greene King shuts 33 pubs as staff hit by 'pingdemic'
- Credit: Archant
Suffolk-based pub chain Greene King has had to temporarily close 33 pubs in the last week due to the "pingdemic" - and is warning the situation could get worse.
A Greene King spokesperson said today: “People having to self-isolate because of getting pinged through the app is becoming an increasing problem.
"In the last week alone, we had to temporarily close 33 pubs, which is making it even more challenging to rebuild trade as we reopen and is very disruptive for our team members.
"Along with the rest of the hospitality industry, we are calling on the government to roll out a ‘test to release’ scheme to impacted industries, allowing people to continue working if they receive a negative lateral flow test result.”
Nick Mackenzie, chief executive of the Bury St Edmunds-based group, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "This is a problem and I think it could get worse. It is disruptive to the business.
You may also want to watch:
"We had to close, in the last seven days, 33 pubs due to lack of staff because of self-isolation.
"Across the industry, we think it is about one in five of our team members who have been affected by this and therefore it is causing a real issue for us setting up business on a daily basis.
- 1 'It's been so tough without Jason': Witches ace on Crump loss
- 2 Tourist trails and barbecues to welcome back neighbours to Suffolk towns
- 3 Bridal shop opens in well-known former Sudbury bookshop
- 4 Revealed: Where petrol prices are cheapest in Suffolk
- 5 Swimmers report sickness symptoms after dip in Suffolk river
- 6 More fatal crashes on Suffolk roads this year already than whole of 2020
- 7 Drivers hit in pocket as petrol prices reach eight-year high
- 8 Sunny spells expected but thunderstorms are on the way
- 9 Sudbury restaurant manager who stole £1,200 is ordered to pay back money
- 10 Warning of lightning strikes across Suffolk as stormy weather continues
"We're having to have shortened hours in some circumstances."
The Greene King group runs 2,500 pubs, hotels and restaurants across the UK, including many across East Anglia.